On the Market: One-level ranch in Westport offers comfort, convenience

WESTPORT — The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is home to the tallest known species of ponderosa pine tree, which, according to the United States Department of Agriculture website, can rival giant redwoods in height.

Near Grants Pass in southwestern Oregon, “the world’s tallest pine tree of any species” grows in this forest. It was recently measured to be 268.3 feet, “nearly as high as a 30 story building,” and it is surrounded by other ponderosa pines standing 250 feet tall, the USDA website says.

The gray ranch house at 3 Big Pines Road in Westport’s Downtown North neighborhood can’t compete with that height. After all, by design a ranch house is only one level. But what this house lacks in stature it more than makes up for in comfort, livability and convenience of location.

This 2,275-square-foot house, built in 1951, sits on a one-acre level, sloping and lightly wooded property with very easy access to the Merritt Parkway at Exit 42. Its border of mature trees, mostly deciduous, provides a scrim of privacy.

Wood features prominently inside this seven-room shingle and stone home as well. Just passed the slate floored foyer, the impressive 20-by-26-foot living or family room features pine paneled walls, random-width pegged oak flooring, and wood trestle beams framing the 15-foot cathedral ceiling. This room also features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, built-in bookshelves, large bay window, and French doors to the generously sized flagstone patio and backyard. Within the patio there is a garden bed with attractive landscaping.

“Charm, charm, charm,” inside and out, according to the co-listing agents.

Back inside, enjoy easy, one-level living. The formal dining room provides access to the sunny eat-in kitchen, which features ample counter spaces, cabinetry, and a door to the patio. Also off the dining room there is an office, which could be converted into a bedroom if necessary, although a home office is a real asset now as more people are working from home. This room has its own full bathroom so it could also serve as a guest or au pair suite.


STYLE: Ranch

ADDRESS: 3 Big Pines

PRICE: $699,000


FEATURES: 1.1-acre level, sloping and lightly wooded property; convenient to downtown Westport only five minutes away, very easy access the Merritt Parkway, flagstone patio, exterior lighting, deck, pre-wired for cable, balcony/deck, random width and pegged hardwood floors, attached under house one-car garage, central air conditioning and window unit, oil heat, public water connection, septic system, full unfinished walk-out basement, attic, fieldstone walls, workshop, four bedrooms, two full baths

SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High School

ASSESSMENT: $484,900

MILL RATE: 16.71 mills

TAXES: $8,175

At the other end of the house there are three more bedrooms, all with wall-to-wall carpeting. The large master suite has a door to the patio. One of the other bedrooms has wood paneled walls.

A ladder in the kitchen accesses the attic, which could be used for storage or as a homework, recreation or play space. There is interior access to the full unfinished walk-out basement, which features a workshop, a long hallway that could be transformed into a mudroom, and a door into the attached underhouse one-car garage.

Another asset of this house is its proximity to downtown Westport — including restaurants, shops, the public library, Levitt Pavilion, Winslow Park, and Westport Country Playhouse, which are all only about five minutes away.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Laurie Crouse and Dianne Weinstock of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Crouse at 203-984-8154 or lauriebcrouse@gmail.com and Dianne Weinstock at 203-858-3614 or dianne.weinstock@cbmoves.com.