On the market: Farmhouse offers character, comfort
Travel a long driveway to the hidden Cape farmhouse on a nearly two-acre secluded parcel at 15 Greenbrier Road in the Coleytown neighborhood of Westport. Once there, take a good long look at the home’s exterior. It offers clues to the attractive and unusual features inside, as well as outside.
But don’t blink or you will miss the exterior feature because it is rather subtle. The house is topped with a slate roof, not often found on a Cape-style house. It was built in 1938 on property that is both level and sloped, open and wooded. In summer months when trees are full of leaves they combine to create a natural screen from any neighbors.
Despite this level of privacy, the house is only three miles from downtown, one mile to schools and a 12-minute drive to the main railroad station.
There is ample parking for guests who you’ll want to entertain any time of year. Seasonal temperatures have mimicked autumn more than winter so it’s not out of the question to consider a gathering around the outdoor fieldstone fireplace even before the arrival of spring or summer.
The house is also quite a bargain at its current price, especially considering that it is surrounded by multi-million dollar residences. This white clapboard and stone house has dark-colored shutters and a covered front porch.
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There is an updated kitchen, spacious first-floor master bedroom suite and the original 2,469 square feet of living space was expanded when the current owner converted the attached, under-house, two-car garage into a lower-level play or family room. The conversion gave the house an additional 1,000 square feet.
When the garage became living space the owner built a detached two-car garage and topped it with an artistic weathervane.
On the main living level there is a great room, which is the heart of the home. It has a beamed cathedral ceiling, exposed beams on the walls, a bay window, and a floor-to-ceiling red and distressed brick fireplace. The front of the fireplace is rounded in the center and flat on the sides. The opening to the firebox is arched. This room also features two sets of French doors to the upper portion of the terraced bluestone patios.
In the formal dining room there are two built-on china cabinets. There is also a bay window and a door to the upper patio. Between the great and dining rooms there is a pass-through space and a lower cabinet with doors on both sides. These two rooms and the kitchen, have random-width, pegged hardwood floor boards.
Beverly Ellsley Designs of Westport updated the kitchen, giving it Carrara marble and wood counters, both with beveled edges, and a backsplash of hand-painted, vintage imported ceramic tiles. There are two sinks, the second one is smaller and on the long wood counter, which could serve as a wet bar when entertaining. It also serves as a partition between the kitchen and the breakfast room, which is not just an eat-in section of the kitchen but a room with a red-brick fireplace and fluted, white-wood mantel.
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ADDRESS: 15 Greenbrier Road
FEATURES: private setting, 1.96-acre level and sloping parcel, generator, balcony, covered front porch, three indoor fireplaces and one outdoor fireplace, wet bar, breakfast room, 9-foot-plus ceilings, all window treatments, random-width hardwood floor boards, stone foundation, slate roof, detached two-car garage, stone wall, attic, four bedrooms, four full baths
SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
MILL RATE: 18.09 mills
This room also has a hidden liquor cabinet built into one wall, a closet and a marble full bath. There is a circular flow to the first floor. A long hallway leads back to the foyer and great room. Off that hallway is the first-floor master, which has wall-to-wall carpeting, a bay window, two closets, a long mirrored wall and its own marble bath. The porcelain sink has a hand-painted floral motif, which is repeated in the ceramic tiles of the backsplash.
On the second floor are two bedrooms and a shared full bath. Both rooms have wall-to-wall carpeting, and one has a fireplace. The landing is large enough to accommodate a desk to create a computer or homework area.
Back in the walk-out lower level, in addition to the play room are two cedar closets, a laundry room with a utility sink and another bedroom with a full bath, perfect for au-pair or in-law suite.
There will be an open house at the property Sunday, Jan. 24, from noon to 3 pm.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Laurie Crouse of Coldwell Banker at 203-984-8154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.