On the market: Home a great value in Westport neighborhood
WESTPORT — In 2002, the current owners of the contemporary house at 2 Beachside Common were living in Virginia while planning a move to Westport.
They worked with a local real estate agent who thought this house would meet their needs. Trouble was, they had no time to travel north for a personal walk-through. They relied on a cousin to visit the nine-room house in the Greens Farms neighborhood on their behalf and mail photographs to them.
“We bought a house I never saw,” one of the owners said. That might not work for some people but this family never regretted their decision. They not only loved the house, which they discovered had “good bones, a great flow and entertainment value,” they loved the “real family neighborhood” as well.
“A great community awaits you … Welcoming, warm and supportive, the families who live on this beautiful street are there for each other … You’ll be part of a unique neighborhood,” said the owner. She mentioned the residents’ annual block party and a monthly book club.
The house sits on a 2-acre level corner lot in a coveted area of town, steps from Burying Hill Beach and the Greens Farms Railroad Station. No need to wait years for a parking sticker, the owner said.
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Additionally, Beachside Common is a quiet cul-de-sac.
The house was built in 1985, but has since undergone many renovations and improvements, especially in the hands of the current owners who gave it an Arts-and-Crafts architectural appeal. The styling they added includes the custom, artistically designed staircase in the two-and-a-half-story foyer, trim, hardware and the prairie-style hand-crafted tiles that make up the surround of the living room fireplace.
Special details of the house begin at the front door, which has beveled glass window panes. The foyer has custom lighting with spotlights for art work. The hardwood floor boards of the living and dining rooms are placed on a diagonal giving them heightened visual interest. In the dining room there is a door to a wood deck in the backyard. Most of the rooms have custom window treatments.
Features in the custom chef’s kitchen include mission-style cherry cabinets, hardwood floor, an appliance garage, black granite counters with a butcher block preparation area and prep sink, pantry, a large stainless steel farm sink, breakfast bar and eat-in area. The custom tile backsplash features handmade art deco ceramic tiles of Siberian irises and Trees by Day and Night from Trikeenan Tileworks in New York. The eat-in area has French doors to the deck.
Appliances include a cherry-paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf four-burner cooktop with a grill and custom exhaust hood, Dacor double ovens and Fisher-Paykal dishwashers.
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ADDRESS: 2 Beachside Common
FEATURES: water community, steps from Burying Hill Beach, easy walking distance to Greens Farms Railroad Station, 2-acre level property, corner lot, located on a on tree-lined cul-de-sac, wine closet, sound-proofed music room, gym, generator, balcony/deck, all window treatments, Thermopane insulated windows, skylights, audio system, awnings, exterior lighting, sprinkler system, three fireplaces, sauna, circular driveway, professional landscaping, new furnace in 2010, custom crown molding and trim throughout, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School
MILL RATE: 18.09 mills
In the family room there is a cathedral ceiling with a skylight, a gas fireplace with black granite facing and hearth and a custom cherry mantel, and a wall of built-in book and CD shelves. This room also has access to the back deck via French doors.
Also on the first floor is an office with two walls of built-ins and a pocket door that separates it from a hallway, where there are over-sized French doors with detailed paneling and framed on top with unusual molding. This area of the house contains the mudroom with terra cotta colored tile floor, laundry room, and access to the two-car garage. A powder room features a tile wall border depicting gingko leaves made by the same company as the kitchen tiles.
On the second floor there is a private master suite wing, which has huge his-and-hers master closets and marble bath with a steam shower with multiple shower heads, jetted tub, and sauna. There are three other bedrooms, two that share a Jack-and-Jill bath.
The house has 4,254 square feet of living space, plus an additional 1,200 square feet in the full, largely finished basement where there is a temperature-controlled 650-bottle wine closet with built-in racks, sound-proofed music room, professional-style gym or exercise room with rubberized floor and a playroom. The gym is cable-ready.
Consider this house a bargain. Many houses on the street are valued at more than $4 million.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Annette Coplit of Coldwell Banker at 203-803-9488 or Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org.