On the Market / Frazier Peters home, named Hawkhill, exudes character and charm
WESTON — Noted architect and builder of stone houses, Frazier Forman Peters, was deliberate in the selection of the parcels on which to built his masterpieces. On most of his properties there was a water feature.
Peters’ preference was a babbling brook with a waterfall such as can be heard from the two-acre property at 21 Broad St. in lower Weston. The property, which includes a 5,065-square-foot stone house perched atop a steep hill, is named Hawkhill, and it enjoys panoramic views of Crystal Lake. Although the brook and waterfall are on the neighboring property the sound of water over rocks can be heard when the residents are outside.
“Peters loved the sound of nature so when he built a house he would incorporate a stream into his design philosophy. He built a house with nature in mind,” Robert Weingarten said in a recent interview. Weingarten is house history chair for the Westport Historical Society and he also wrote a book titled Frazier Forman Peters: Westport’s Legacy in Stone, which he co-authored with Laura A. Blau, an architect and Peters’ granddaughter.
Weingarten said Peters used natural stones as he found them in the fields on which he built his houses. He did not alter the stones in any way. He also left most mature trees in place, working his design around the landscape rather than clear cutting to make room for the house.
“A Peters house is connected to its environment … He did not design a house in isolation to its surroundings … Each Peters site was studied and considered for its finest features and natural attributes. He believed in a direct connection between a building and the land … Peters clearly designed with the sun and the prevailing breezes in mind, as well as privacy. Outdoor space was designed as an essential extension of the livable space of the house,” Blau and Weingarten say in their book.
The house on Broad Street is pictured in one of Peters’ books, Houses of Stone. It was built in 1930 and the home was masterfully renovated to meet the needs of today’s living while maintaining the integrity of Peters’ original design.
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“It has a very cool unique fireplace in the dining room, a sunken bath tub, butlers pantry and all kinds of neat features … Living in that house was one of the nicest memories I have of growing up in the area,” a former resident wrote in a note to Weingarten. This house also has the ultimate chef’s kitchen including an AGA cast iron range, wall oven and an extra Thermador five-burner cooktop, cozy living spaces, abundant natural light, five fireplaces, and an en suite guest wing. The latter could be an au pair suite.
Climb the long driveway lined in Belgium block to the top of Hawkhill and pass under a pergola covered in wisteria vines to reach the front entrance. There is also a casual entrance near the attached three-car garage. Its Dutch door opens into a mudroom with a slate floor. This wing of the house also has the laundry room with a sink, and the guest wing above the garage.
The sizable formal living room features a fireplace with a decorative mantle, built-in shelves, and a bow/bay window. In the formal dining room there is a deep tray ceiling, bead board on the lower walls, chair railing, and a fireplace in one corner of the room. The family room features a ceiling of exposed beams, a stone fireplace, and several built-in bookshelves.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Cape Cod/Colonial Stone House
ADDRESS: 21 Broad Street, Weston
FEATURES: view of Crystal Lake, two-acre level and sloping property, , underground utilities, generator, programmable thermostat, patio, porch, stone wall, audio system, minutes to Weston town center and schools, only 12 minutes to the Westport train station, five fireplaces, flagpole, storage shed, possible au pair suite, zoned heating and air conditioning, new driveway, new water filtration/softening system, attached three-car garage, pull down attic stairs, private well, six bedrooms, six full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High
MILL RATE: 28.91 mills
The cavernous gourmet kitchen has a large eat-in area, a large center island with a breakfast bar that accommodates three stools, under cabinet lighting, granite counters, and high-end appliances including the AGA range. Off the kitchen is a large butler’s pantry with a farm sink, a full-sized wine refrigerator, glass-front cabinetry, and three counter areas. The sun room has sliding doors to a stone patio.
Two sets of stairs lead to different sections of the second floor where the most of the bedrooms are. The spacious master suite features a cathedral ceiling, fireplace, sitting area, and a walk-in closet. A short hallway with several closets leads into the master bath, which features a heated towel bar, soaking tub, shower, and double vanity topped with a counter of blue pearl granite. There is one first floor bedroom that can also be used as an office.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Susan Seath of KMS Partners/Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-984-0143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.