On the Market: The home for lovers of the outdoors
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, November 5, 2016
WESTPORT — The taupe-colored colonial farm house at 238 Wilton Road is so far down a long driveway that it is not visible from the road, and the nearly one-acre property on which it is sited is so lush with greenery that the house is hardly visible at all.
In fact, at least one person said that when they are on the second floor and looking out a window at the natural surroundings they get the sense of being in a treehouse. The setting has many mature trees, shrubbery, and specimen plantings that creates a secluded haven in the Old Hill neighborhood and yet the house is only about a mile from the Merritt Parkway. The new Westport-Weston Family YMCA is also very close and downtown Westport is an easy car ride away.
This cedar, clapboard and wood house was built in 1924 and has 2,115 square feet of living space. It was first updated in 1991 and then again in 2008. Then in 2012 the kitchen, which has an eat-in area, was updated and at the same time the screened porch was added. The half bath off the kitchen has imported Italian tile. One person said “Over the years, this home wasn’t merely updated, it was curated with thoughtful and meticulous intention.”
For anyone who enjoys the great outdoors this is the house in which to live. The grounds are a mix of natural and man-made features that combine to create a wonderland in the woods with stone paths and walls and steps.
There are sliding doors from several rooms that lead to a long and wide wooden deck, the center portion of which is covered with a pergola which is laden with wisteria vines. The deck doubles as a large balcony because of the topography. Walk down the stairs to a very private lower sitting area with a grass-jointed slate patio, hot tub, and a fountain.
Enter the front door into a good size foyer, which has hand-hewn beams and is large enough to function as a room of the house and it can accommodate furniture. In fact, the current owners have one section of the foyer set up as an office with a built-in desk area with bookshelves. A decorative glass window separates the foyer from the living room and the newel post also has some artistic flare.
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The living room, which has a wood stove, is long and can actually be separated into two rooms to create a family room. There are two access points into the dining room, one from the living room and the other from the foyer.
In the kitchen there are two sets of sliding doors on opposing walls, one leading to the screened porch and the other to a small patio. Other kitchen features include a center island, stone flooring, double stainless sinks, a greenhouse window to grow culinary herbs, and glass-front brunette cabinetry with interior lighting. Appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and a Wok magnetic induction cooktop.
It has a most unusual and colorful granite counters. The moss green and russet Picasso granite is so named because it resembles a work of abstract art.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Colonial Farm House
ADDRESS: 238 Wilton Road
FEATURES: .93-acre level and sloping parcel, wooded property, three ponds including a koi pond, stream, large wooden deck, pergola, grass-jointed slate patio, screened porch, balcony, wood stove, all window treatments, easy access to the Merritt Parkway and the Westport Weston Family YMCA, four-car detached carport, attic, hot tub, well water, radiant heat, sprinkler system, full unfinished walk-out basement, new furnace as of 2013, three bedrooms, one full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
MILL RATE: 16.86 mills
There is another dramatic feature in the kitchen: A 12-foot long picture window, which is so clear that it gives the impression, as one first enters the room, that there is no glass at all to separate the interior of the house from the outside. This side of the property has three small ponds — one of which has koi in it, a waterfall and a stream.
Walk down the path through the pine trees to the four-car parking pavilion, which has a metal roof and trellis.
On the second floor there are three bedrooms — all with vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall carpeting, and one full bath that has a skylight and a wall of 1950s-era glass cubes. The master bedroom has two beams on the ceiling and the shades on the windows that are raised and lowered from the bottom. Another bedroom has its own sitting area.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Gabrielle DiBianco of Higgins Group Real Estate at 203-895-6724 or email@example.com.