On the market: A striking blend of old and new
When is an antique house no longer old? When old and new are seamlessly combined in the able hands of the building team at Able Construction.
The builders took an antique house at 268 Wilton Road in Westport built in 1700, moved it from its original location that was closer to the road, set it farther back on the two-acre property and expanded the footprint to construct a new house for the 21st Century. In the process, they preserved much of the original structure. The end result was a house that garnered a nomination from the Westport Historic Society for 2015 home of the year.
The project more than doubled the living space in the main part of the house to 8,133 square feet, with an additional 1,152 square feet in the full, finished lower level. The basement has a large open room that could serve as a play or game room, mechanical room, ample storage space and an en suite bedroom ideal for an au pair. Sliding doors open to the rear yard where there is a heated in-ground swimming pool.
The house has easy access to the Merritt Parkway and the new location of the Westport Weston Family YMCA. A stone wall topped with a white wooden fence stands along the front of the property. Travel up the semi-circular driveway, across from Partrick Road, to access the formal front entrance of the house as well as the covered porch of the side entrance.
Inside, the older part of the house is apparent because of exposed wood beams in some rooms and the wide, red-brick fireplace in the formal dining room. The size of that fireplace may indicate it was part of the kitchen in the original 18th Century house. The foyer has floor-to-ceiling paneling and a narrow staircase to the second floor. The wider, rear staircase is off the kitchen and near the mudroom.
The front area of the house includes the sitting room, with a wet bar, fireplace and built-in shelving; the formal living room, with a marble fireplace, and the dining room, with paneled walls, tray ceiling and a "secret" staircase that bypasses the second floor en route to the finished third floor attic. That attic room has a large open space, cathedral ceiling, numerous exposed beams and a full bath with a honeycomb marble floor.
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In the back of the house is the kitchen, with Carrera marble counters, center island, Miele six-burner range and double ovens, and Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a large eat-in area with French doors to the bluestone patio and backyard. Here also is the cavernous family room, with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling shelves. The room also has two sets of French doors, one to the side porch and one to the patio and yard.
On the second floor are five bedrooms, the master enjoying its own private wing with a sizable bedroom, sitting or dressing room, marble bath and large walk-in closet with multiple organizers, two floor-to-ceiling mirrors and two built-in window seats. A door in the bedroom accesses a large private balcony.
Two bedrooms in the front section of the house exhibit features from the original vintage house. One has a wide-planked wood floor and the other has a small fireplace with a yellow brick firebox. Three bedrooms are en suite and two share a Jack-and-Jill bath with a double marble vanity and floor.
House of the Week
STYLE: Colonial, antique and new construction
ADDRESS: 268 Wilton Road
FEATURES: heated in-ground swimming pool, bluestone patio, built-in grill, easy access to the Merritt Parkway and the Westport Weston Family YMCA, two-acre parcel, balcony, two covered porches, semi-circular driveway, four fireplaces, front and rear stair cases, propane heating system, three-car garage, finished heated walk-up attic, seven bedrooms, six full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: not set
MILL RATE: 18.09 mills
TAXES: not set
Listing agent Judy Michaelis came up with a unique marketing strategy before the holidays and continuing into the new year that has briefly turned the house into a gallery space. She is highlighting not only the house, but the work of 21 artists, including Westport artists Katherine Ross, Yves Wilson, MaryEllen Hendricks, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Nina Bentley and Eric Chiang.
Their paintings, photographs and pottery, which are available for purchase, are displayed throughout the house in such a way that they offer hints as to how someone might want to decorate their own walls and set the tables.
There will be an open house Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., for the public to view the house and art work.