On the Market: Westport house contains best of past and present
WESTPORT — The circumference of at least two tall trees on the property at 27 Long Lots Road suggests they may have stood there for as long as the antique Colonial house, which was built in 1750.
This updated house contains the best of the past and the future. As one person put it, the house is like new construction with a vintage flare. It’s like owning a part of Westport history but without having to invest in renovations to modernize it. All the work has been done. The house has a new roof, new cedar shingle siding, new windows, new wiring and updated kitchen and baths.
The 3,041-square-foot house sits on a half-acre level property in the Hunt Club neighborhood. Among its many assets are a guest cottage attached to the two-car garage, a koi pond, gardens and secluded stone patios.
The natural, neutral-colored cedar siding of the main house is augmented by colonial blue and colonial red trim. The cottage is colonial blue with white and colonial red trim. Enter the cottage into its living room, then step down into the long bedroom and full bath. The garage is topped with a cupola and a weathervane depicting a fish. In front of the cottage the landscaping includes a flower bed with hosta and pachysandra and a decorative water fountain.
The formal and historical front entrance is along the street side of the house, but in modern times the side entrance, with its covered porch, has taken on the role. Inside, there are nine rooms, many with exposed hand-hewn beams on the ceilings and some walls, and wide-planked, pegged floors.
The formal living and dining rooms share a chimney for the fireplaces that are found in each room. The size of the red brick fireplace in the dining room and its bread oven and storage cabinet built into the mantel suggest this may have been the original kitchen.
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In the dining room is the staircase to the second floor, with an unusual and clever feature. A large hinged door, which appears more like part of the wall, opens to widen the entrance to the staircase, allowing for easy transport of furniture up or down the stairs.
Off the dining room is a study or library with wood-paneled walls, beams, built-in cabinetry, and a wet bar with a granite counter and glass shelving for stemware storage. Two walls contain built-in bookshelves and one has a window seat.
Despite the age of this house it has a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen with a wood floor, black granite counters, and a backsplash of decorative white ceramic tiles over the five-burner Miele range. Other features include glass-front cabinets, Sub-Zero refrigerator, center island with a breakfast bar, an eat-in area with a wall of two large multipaned windows that look over the landscaped backyard, and a door to the yard.
Outside, the grounds are as attractive as the interior. The current owners enjoy taking morning tea on the slate patio closest to the house and accessed through a door in the kitchen, and they enjoy barbecuing on the slate patio deeper into the yard under a canopy of trees by the waterfall and koi pond. The first patio is hidden behind 4-foot-tall privacy hedges.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Antique Colonial
ADDRESS: 27 Long Lots Road
FEATURES: guest cottage, half-acre level and treed property, koi pond, waterfall, slate patios, walking distance to Staples High School and Bedford Middle School, proximity to Post Road (Route 1), insulated windows, three fireplaces, exterior lighting, sprinkler system, wood shingle roof, stone wall, attic, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
MILL RATE: 16.86 mills
The walls of the house are double insulated, so even though it sits on a road that gets a lot of traffic, it is quiet inside. Long Lots Road provides easy accessibility to Post Road (Route 1) shops and restaurants, and Interstate 95.