WESTPORT — A modest Cape Cod-style house was built in 1948 at 3 Ridgewood Lane. Rather than facing the wrecking ball this house was given a second chance and the modifications made to it have brought it into the modern era.

This white clapboard house was expanded, updated, and well-appointed to meet today’s needs. The expansion brought the interior space to 2,390 square feet. Its location is also accommodating. It was built on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Old Hill neighborhood just minutes to all Westport amenities including the town center with its shops and restaurants, the Saugatuck train station, and beaches at Compo and Sherwood Island State Park. Its location puts this house about five minutes from the Merritt Parkway to the north and I-95 to the South. Post Road (Route 1) is only about a minute away. One of the co-listing agents called this house “a commuter’s dream.”

The house is positioned on a level and sloping lot of just over a third of an acre and it has a lush, private backyard. The level front yard is a carpet of green grass. The crushed stone driveway lined in Belgium block concludes in front of the attached two-car garage. A row of shaped shrubbery lines the path to the front door, which opens into the foyer.

In the living room there is a stone fireplace that is original to the house. From there French doors open into the formal dining room, which has chair railing on the walls. Versatility being the name of the game these days, this room actually could have another purpose. Because the expansion of the house gave it a great room in the back, and therefore other choices for dining spaces, the formal dining room could instead be used as an office or den or even a playroom.

The great room comprises the kitchen, family room and sun room, all open to each other, creating a wonderful entertaining space. The spacious kitchen features a large center island topped in granite, lots of counter space - also with granite tops, white ceramic subway tile backsplash, a hardwood floor, some glass-front cabinetry, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and stainless appliances. In the family room three is a sizable floor-to-ceiling red brick fireplace with a built-in wood storage box and Mediterranean-style terra cotta tile flooring in a honeycomb pattern.

In the portion of the large family room that serves as a sun room there are exposed wood beams on the cathedral ceiling, a ceiling fan, and sliding glass doors to the bluestone patio and yard. One of the three bedrooms is found on the first floor, as is the combination laundry and mudroom, which has counter space and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, and provides access to the garage.

On the second floor there are two more bedrooms. The generously sized master suite has a walk-in closet, vaulted ceiling, a ceiling fan, and its spa-like bath has a skylight. There is a second walk-in closet in the hallway. The other bedroom on this floor is also a good size and has a luxury bath. Each of the three bedrooms has its own bath but only two are en suite. The other has direct access to a full bath, which is not exclusive to that bedroom.

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Outside, the patio is surrounded by a fieldstone wall, attractive landscaping, and tall trees.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Susan Vanech and Imke Lohs of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Vanech at 203-685-2348 or svanech@williampitt.com and Lohs at 917-459-8382 or ilohs@williampitt.com.

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STYLE: Cape Cod

ADDRESS: 3 Ridgewood Lane

PRICE: $875,000


FEATURES: 0.37-acre level and sloping property, two fireplaces, located on a cul-de-sac, exterior lighting, bluestone patio, freshly painted, close to town and train, attached two-car garage, basement crawl space, three bedrooms, three full baths

SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $574,800

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $9,691