On the Market / Westport beach house is a new, modern build

WESTPORT — Houses in waterfront communities have come a long way from the modest summer cottages of the mid-20th century. Today’s beach houses are generally quite large and outfitted with a wealth of modern amenities.

One of the most recent in the Compo Beach neighborhood landscape is the distinctive 3,300-square-foot white contemporary at 33 Sherwood Drive created by renowned Westport architect Peter Cadoux. The concrete and shingle house was built in 2016 on a one tenth of an acre level and gently sloping property just a block from Compo Cove and yet it is sited safely above the flood zone. Mill Pond and Compo Beach are within walking distance. Views of Compo Cove and Long Island Sound are visible from several rooms and the roof-top deck of IPE wood, which has an outdoor gas-fueled fireplace with protective wind cover and custom glass railings.

Every element of this house elevates it to a level of sophistication not usually associated with living in a water community. The realtor calls it “Tribeca meets South Beach.” Even the elevator in this home has custom white basket-weave grass cloth wallpaper. The elevator travels to all four levels of this house. Enter the first level into the striking foyer of glass and steel walls and a special flooring that resembles polished marble or patent leather but it is really created from a man-made material.

If one can tear their eyes from the over-sized foyer floor tiles to look around they will notice that this house offers “reverse” living. Three bedrooms are on the first level; one is en suite and the others share a Jack-and-Jill bath. One of the bedrooms has sliding doors to a Juliet-style balcony that looks over the yard, which features a row of arborvitaes for privacy and hydrangeas.

A floating stainless steel staircase has side lighting and leads to the second floor, which is the main living level. It features a great room comprising the ultra-modern kitchen, living room and dining room. The walls are glass providing beautiful views of Compo Cove and Long Island Sound. This level has custom ship lathe paneled wood veneered doors and surround sound. In the living room there is a floor-to-ceiling gas vent-less fireplace of organic strip stone, and sliding doors to a Juliet balcony. The kitchen has a center island with a breakfast bar for three, wide board floor, a backsplash of thin-sliced rain-style Carrera marble tiles, marble counters, motorized vertical cabinetry, and a wall of rift sawn grayed oak cabinets. The center island has a Carrera marble waterfall counter that “spills” over the sides and down to the floor. High-end appliances include a Dacor six-burner range and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

This floor also has the master bedroom, which has a vaulted ceiling, custom rolling ladder to a storage area, two walk-in closets, and a marble bath with wall-mounted vanities topped with Calacatta Gold marble counters, and a glass steam shower with two shower heads.

The third floor has a flexible use room that could be an office or media room. It has a half bath, motorized skylights, a built-in dry bar area with a mini-Sub-Zero refrigerator, and sliding doors to the roof-top deck and fireplace. There is also attic storage on this level.

On the lower level there is a family room with a fireplace, a wet bar, and wall-to-wall carpeting, and the good-sized laundry room with counter space, a sink, a glass subway tile backsplash, and cabinets.

More Information


TYPE: Contemporary, New Construction

ADDRESS: 33 Sherwood Drive

PRICE: $2,875,000


FEATURES: waterfront community, water views, elevator, generator, one-acre level and gently sloping property, roof-top IPE wood deck with outdoor gas-fueled fireplace, two interior fireplaces, storm windows, motorized skylights, patio, located on a cul-de-sac, walk to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, balconies, exterior lighting, underground sprinkler, convenient to Saugatuck train station, attached one-car garage, four-zoned natural gas heat, galvanized and wood roof with snow guards, full finished walk-out lower level, four bedrooms, four full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High


TAX RATE: 16.86 mills


* Not yet set (new construction)

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Susan Tracy of Higgins Group Real Estate at 203-856-8628 or housewhisperer1@gmail.com.