On the Market / European elegance in Westport
WESTPORT — European elegance and craftsmanship meet American ingenuity and practicality in the 13,172-square-foot gray stone and clapboard colonial house at 5 Pritchard Lane in the Greens Farms neighborhood.
This 21-room house is Energy Star-rated. That’s where the practicality comes in. It was built in 2006 with exquisite details, amenities and finishes not often found in current new construction homes, even in those offered at much higher list prices. It also has an elevator, two wine cellars and a tasting room, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, spa, seven fireplaces including one outdoors, and a sizable garage with four bays and a lift to accommodate a fifth vehicle. In the initial construction this house was imbued with much decorative work including intricate millwork and a special treatment that requires labor-intensive layering of paint and wax and an old world buffing technique on paneled wood walls, coffered ceilings, and the front door.
Special attention was paid to every element in this house including the colors in each room. The décor draws from one room to the other to unify them even though each is unique. One of the two wine cellars and its tasting room has a fireplace and cork wall covering. One section of the full finished basement has a silver leaf ceiling. A major addition was constructed in 2008 striking a perfect balance between the traditions of the past with today’s contemporary high-caliber lifestyle on all four finished levels.
The house sits on a 1.17-acre level property, adjacent to a preserved conservation open space area, near the end of a quiet, private cul-de-sac yet conveniently located just minutes from the Greens Farms Metro North train station in one direction and the Post Road (Route 1) in the opposite direction. Stately stone pillars topped with lanterns stand in the driveway lined in Belgium block. A bluestone path leads across the front of the house passed a covered porch and to the covered front entrance where the door is flanked by decorative leaded glass sidelights and a fanlight transom. The door opens into the two-story foyer.
The fireplaces in the formal living room, parlor, and the mahogany-paneled library all have ornate, Victorian hand-carved marble mantels. The parlor also has a wall of built-in shelving and a wet bar. In the great room there is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by French doors that open to the stone patio and backyard.
In the cavernous gourmet eat-in kitchen the many features include massive center island topped with a beveled wood counter and a breakfast bar, ogee edge marble perimeter counters, and high-end appliances including a Wolf six-burner range with a grill and double ovens, warming drawers, refrigerator drawers, side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, and two dishwashers, the latter of which will come in handy when entertaining. This is a great entertaining house. The octagonal-shaped breakfast room has sliding doors to the patio and yard. Between the dining room and kitchen there is a butler’s pantry with a sink.
On the second floor the master bedroom suite features a marble fireplace, sitting area plus a separate hexagonal sitting room, Calacatta Gold marble bath, custom walk-in closets, and a dressing room. One of the other bedrooms has a door to a private deck/balcony. All five bedrooms on this floor are en suite. One huge bedroom has a two-story vaulted ceiling, cupola, a wall of built-in bookshelves, and sliding doors to a private deck/balcony. The bath in this room has a marble floor and glass tile backsplash.
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There is a home theater on the third floor with black-out shades, a snack area, and a theater-themed marble bath with wallcovering depicting Hollywood stars. This floor also has a small bedroom.
The sports and leisure-minded may never leave the basement, which has a spacious billiard room, media area, sitting area, bar, game room, a gym with a mirrored wall and rubberized floor, a full bath with a steam shower, and the two wine cellars. One of the two features elaborately decorated wrought iron detailing on its French doors.
In addition to the pool in the backyard there is a turf soccer field and a dance floor in the barbeque area.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Karen Scott of KMS Partners/Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-613-9200 or email@example.com.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 5 Pritchard Lane
FEATURES: 1.17-acre level property, Energy Star-rated house, elevator, two wine cellars and a tasting room, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, spa, pergola, audio system, generator, extra insulation, home theater, gym, located on a private cul-de-sac, only minutes to Greens Farms Metro North train station, convenient to Post Road (Route 1), three wet bars, exterior lighting, patio, grill, underground sprinkler, balcony, seven fireplaces including one outdoors, central vacuuming system, attached five-car garage, zoned heat and air-conditioning, rear stairs, two laundry rooms (first and second floor), full finished walk-out basement, attic, wood shingle roof, six bedrooms, seven full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School
MILL RATE: 16.86 mills