On the Market / Westport house is 9,000-square-feet of entertainment and recreation
WESTPORT — Westport’s agrarian history collides with modernity to create a nearly 9,000-square-foot living, entertaining and recreational mecca on a two-acre parcel at 292 North Avenue.
The unique residence features a colonial-style house positioned between two converted antique barns, both of which have been part of the local landscape for generations, and both of which add significantly to the square-footage of this house in the Coleytown section of town. Joining these vintage barns on this property are a wealth of recreational amenities that preclude the need to purchase a gym membership. This property contains an indoor half-court basketball court in an outbuilding behind the house, an all-weather tennis court that doubles as a basketball court, a Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, and a large gym with a rubberized floor.
The home itself was built in 1923 using cedar beams and siding that was trucked in from British Columbia, Canada. There are exposed cedar beams in almost every room and reclaimed antique wide-planked oak hardwood floors to unify the house and barns. The barn to the south side of the house, as one looks at the front façade, is the Snowflake Barn, which once sat two blocks away on Snowflake Lane, and it holds the home’s cavernous family room and game room area.
At the opposite side of the house is the original Fraser Barn, which dates back to the 1800s. It contains a guest room and office but it could also serve as a pool house or cabana. A portion of the Fraser Barn also houses the attached two-car garage. The three structures together comprise a home that has 8,802 square feet of living space.
There is ample parking in front of the slate blue-gray cedar shingle house with natural wood trim, where there is also a fieldstone fireplace. A long, covered front porch goes the length of the colonial part of the house. In the Snowflake Barn the family room features a massive fieldstone fireplace with a raised hearth. The game room area has built-in bookshelves. This barn is open to the spacious, updated eat-in kitchen, which has a large wood center island, marble backsplash, some glass-front cabinetry, and commercial-grade appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator.
In the dining room there is a fireplace with a stone surround and an exposed beam mantle, and a coffered ceiling of exposed beams. It also features French doors to the terraced bluestone patio with built-in outdoor grilling area and the backyard.
Throughout the house there are four fireplaces including one in the guest bedroom or au pair suite in the Fraser Barn. This bedroom is on the main living level. In all there are seven bedrooms in this house. The master suite is on the second floor and it features a fireplace, a large walk-in closet with organizers including built-in drawers, and a bath with a hardwood floor, bead board on the lower walls, and an old-fashioned claw foot tub. Also found in the master suite is a large office, the gym and an additional half bath. The gym has a cathedral ceiling and a ceiling fan. The office has a wall of distressed, or antiqued red brick.
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There are four more bedrooms on the second floor and access to a two-story gazebo that also acts as a balcony that looks over the attractive backyard. The last bedroom is on the full, finished walk-out lower level. Other rooms include a play room and sitting room.
This house is nestled into a northern part of Westport near the border of Weston and not far from the 39-acre Newman-Poses Preserve, which contains well-established walking trails through open meadows and woodlands, some of which follow along the Aspetuck River. It is named for two former neighbors who donated the land for open space preservation. One of those neighbors was the late Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman, and according to the Aspetuck Land Trust website, “This nature preserve is the only public memorial approved by the family of the late Paul Newman as a way to honor the actor and philanthropist.”
Despite its “remote” location, this house is only about ten minutes from downtown Westport and all its amenities.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Colonial and Converted Barns
ADDRESS: 292 North Ave.
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13
FEATURES: two converted barns, indoor half-court basketball court, all-weather tennis court, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, gym with rubberized floor, greenhouse, corner lot, two-story gazebo, balcony, 2.02-acre level property, bluestone patio, four fireplaces, covered front porch, fieldstone walls, skylights, attached two-car under house garage, full finished walk-out basement, attic, zoned hot air oil heat, well water, shed, proximity to the Newman-Poses Preserve, seven bedrooms, five full and three half baths
SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 16.86 mills
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Linda Skolnick of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-246-0088 or email her at Linda@GoAskLinda.com.