On the Market / Antique farmhouse ideal for weekend relaxation
WESTPORT — The updated antique colonial farmhouse at 185 Compo Road South was given the nickname “The Weekender” because it is perfect as such. It’s a great place to relax after a long week’s work in Manhattan.
It sits in the Compo Beach neighborhood only about a mile from Compo Beach, Ned Dimes Marina, and Longshore Club Park. This year, Westport was ranked as one of the top 10 best beach towns in which to live by WalletHub. The other nine oceanfront communities were in Florida, California and Hawaii.
This house could just as easily been dubbed “The Year-Rounder.” This house is certainly suitable for year-round living and entertaining. Despite its vintage — the house was built in 1900 — it has a fairly open floor plan with an easy flow from one room to the next, and ample square footage to accommodate a large number of guests.
At one time, this house served as a carriage house to another residence, which was named Casa d’Este by the man who built it next door in 1927. That house, which is still next door, was later owned by actress Grace Carney, of television, movie and Broadway acclaim, and among her famous guests was legendary film actress Hedy Lamar.
According to information provided by the occupant of Casa d’Este, the property was once an onion farm so it is likely that onion fields covered the property at 185 Compo Road South as well. Today, the property comes up smelling like a rose with its attractive landscaping, private setting, interior layout, day-to-day living accommodations and proximity to municipal amenities. This house is only minutes from the Saugatuck train station, Post Road (Route 1), the Westport Public Library, and the Levitt Pavilion for The Performing Arts.
This house sits on an interior lot of 0.61-acre level and gently sloping property, its location giving it a wealth of privacy. A natural stone path leads from the ample crushed stone driveway lined in Belgium block to the white house with black shutters, which has a covered front entrance. Inside, there are eight rooms and 2,936 square feet of living space and vintage charm. In the living room, there is an arched red brick fireplace, built-in cabinetry and shelving, a wide-planked hardwood floor, wood-paneled walls, and original exposed beams on the ceiling.
French doors open into an office with a terra cotta tile floor that has imported hand-painted decorative tiles, each one with a different design, interspersed throughout. This room has built-in cabinetry and a desk area, a ceiling fan, and sliding doors to the front yard. Also accessed from the living room is the formal dining room, where there is a red brick fireplace, bay window, chair railing, and two built-in china cabinets.
On the opposite side of the foyer there is the kitchen, family room, and a separate breakfast room. In the redesigned custom kitchen the features include a newer propane five-burner cooktop, hand-painted ceramic tile backsplash, under cabinet lighting, and lots of counter space — some topped with butcher’s block and some topped with stainless steel.
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The kitchen is separated from the family room by a long peninsular counter, which doubles as a breakfast bar. Both rooms share a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, a ceiling fan, and skylights. While the powder room in most houses is located off the foyer this one is off the family room.
There are three bedrooms in this house, all on the second floor. The master suite has a large walk-in closet and its updated marble bath features a double vanity, jetted tub, shower, exposed beams, and a skylight. The hall bath, shared by the other two bedrooms, has a rustic wood vanity, soaking tub, and shower. One of the bedrooms has a window seat with storage underneath.
Outside, and just beyond the fieldstone pillars there is a charming English garden setting.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Updated Antique Colonial Farmhouse
ADDRESS: 185 Compo Road South
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: water community, 0.61-acre level and gently sloping property, interior lot, two fireplaces, only minutes to Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach, easy commute to Saugatuck train station and I-95, convenient to downtown shops and restaurants, porch, cable - available, open floor plan, new privacy fence, newer furnace and roof, skylights, attic, partial walk-out basement, stone walls, great investment opportunity, three bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 16.86 mills
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Linda Blackwell and Kelly Finn of Houlihan Lawrence; Blackwell at 203-362-8316 or LBlackwell@Houlihan
Lawrence.com, and Finn at 203-895-0961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.