On the market: A cape in a changing neighborhood
WESTPORT — The Cape Cod-style house at 9 Old Orchard Road was built in 1945 on a cul-de-sac where, in the past, the houses were generally the same size. Today, there is a mix of houses. Some are the same size and probably the same vintage as the pale gray Cape Cod with white shutters while others are much newer and larger.
In recent years this has become a transitional neighborhood where some of the smaller houses have been razed and replaced with newly constructed behemoths. At 3,436 square feet this house is less than half the size of the new houses on the street but it would be hard to imagine anyone wanting to tear this one down to build new. Ok, so the kitchen is smaller than most people expect for today’s lifestyle, but there is plenty of room in this house to live and recreate in the backyard and in the salt water in-ground swimming pool, and entertain.
Think of all the time you will save by having the salt water pool, which requires no storage of chemicals and very little maintenance. In fact, there is also a robotic cleaning mechanism and an electronic pool cover.
The house is in the Hunt Club section of town on a level and fenced property that is just over half an acre. Along the front and one side of this corner lot is a split rail fence. The backyard is enclosed with a white picket fence. The Maple Avenue North portion of the property has a fieldstone wall. The paved driveway lined in Belgium block leads to the detached two-car garage topped with a cupola.
Attractive landscaping frames the front façade of the house continuing into the backyard and includes roses, hostas, rhododendron shrubs, and other perennials. A row of tall privacy hedges sits at the back of the property.
Enter into the foyer, which provides access to the formal living room, a first floor bedroom, family room and kitchen. In the living room there is wainscoting on the lower walls, a fireplace with a wood mantel, built-in bookshelves and lower cabinet. A barn-style door separates the living room from the kitchen while sliding doors with multiple panes of glass separate the living room from the dining room.
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The dining room is housed in a space that was originally a seasonal sun porch. It was later enclosed and winterized to create a sizable year-round sun room that has a Pergo floor, a wall of windows, built-in window seat with storage underneath, a built-in bookshelf and door to the wood deck and yard. The family room also has a sliding door to the same deck.
In the kitchen features include a ceramic tile floor, granite counters, white ceramic tile backsplash, chair railing, under-cabinet lighting, and a removable center island with a wood top that doubles as a table for casual meals accommodating six people. Appliances include new GE refrigerator and range top.
Also on the first floor is a guest bedroom with a full bath just outside its door in the foyer. This room could also be a home office although there is another room on the second floor that is designated office space. It has a skylight. Three other bedrooms are found on the second floor, where there is also a space in the landing large enough for a reading nook or homework station.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Cape Cod
ADDRESS: 9 Old Orchard Road
FEATURES: corner lot, located on a cul-de-sac, salt water in-ground swimming pool, wood deck, convenient walk or ride to Post Road (Route 1) shops and restaurants, 0.52-acre level and fenced property, one fireplace, all window treatments, insulated windows, skylights, exterior lighting, two-car detached garage, full finished basement, four bedrooms, three full baths
SCHOOLS: Long Lots, Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School
MILL RATE: 16.86 mills
Step up to the master bedroom, which looks over the backyard and pool. The master bath has a wood floor.
In the finished lower level there is a good-size play or recreation room on one side and a game room with a media area on the other side. There is enough room in this basement to create a home theatre and an exercise area. There is also an ample amount of closets and storage areas.