On the market: Style and elegance for sale on the Westport coast
WESTPORT — Beachside Avenue is appropriately named because of its location on Long Island Sound and many homes have a beachside view. The roadway could easily have received a different moniker: Sophistication Street, Beautiful Boulevard, Elegance Expressway, Luxurious Lane.
All those words apply to almost every home, among them the Elizabethan Tudor-style colonial at 114 Beachside Avenue in the Greens Farms neighborhood. This is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the largest estates on the Westport shoreline. This 7.7-acre Gold Coast gated property comprises an 8,482-square-foot main house, carriage house, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool and spa, koi pond with waterfall, 365 feet of water frontage, and a private beach.
The main house was built in 1911 and features remarkable decorative detail throughout beginning with the stucco and timbered exterior. Above the front entrance is a hand-carved embellished lintel in a floral motif that has at its center the traditional Tudor rose, the heraldic emblem of England. The decorative features and character were preserved when the house was renovated in 2006 by local renowned architect Jack Franzen.
During that project everything was upgraded. The house received new plumbing, electrical system, roof, audio system, and heating and air conditioning system. The five-inch quarter sawn flooring looks original to the house but it, too, is new. The property also received a new pool. The original pool was moved away from the house to a place closer to the carriage house. That way the view of the Sound is not disrupted and that is one of the selling points of this estate. The first floor of the carriage house serves as a cabana and has a full bath and kitchenette. The second floor has a living room, full bath, kitchen and two bedrooms.
One of the owners said she loves taking in the sunrises over the water. “It’s like a tableau. It changes every hour. You get the boats. You get the fishermen. You get the regattas,” she said, adding that this is also a very peaceful location. And, despite its direct waterfront the property is safe from the threat of water damage.
Inside, the entrance foyer has a gas-fueled fireplace with a decorative mantel, and a coffered ceiling. In the formal living room the fireplace has a red brick firebox arranged in a herringbone pattern and a decorative mantel that was specially made for this house. The crown molding is new.
The family room has a wood-burning fireplace with a surround of imported Delft tiles and dentil molding, tall windows topped with transoms, and French doors to the sunroom along the back of the house. This spacious room has three walls of windows. There is also original flooring of red brick arranged in a herringbone pattern to which was added a bluestone border to accommodate the addition of heating in this room. Several sets of French doors lead to a red brick patio.
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The gourmet kitchen features cabinetry of butternut wood, which Wood Magazine’s website refers to as “walnut’s kissing cousin.” Hearne Hardwoods’ website calls it “one of North America’s most beautiful timbers … a golden brown member of the walnut family.” Still another website likened butternut wood to “white walnut.”
Other kitchen features include Carrera marble counters, an eat-in area with a built-in window seat, Wolf six-burner range and griddle, Wolf double ovens, and a butler’s pantry with a wet bar sink. The newel post on the rear stairs in the butler’s pantry is decorated with a carved oak leaf. French doors with glass panes lead into the banquet-sized formal dining room, which has a gas fireplace and beautiful crown molding. Two more sets of French doors provide access between the dining and family rooms.
On the formal front staircase the newel posts are topped with wooden globe ornaments. On the second floor the master suite is quite large and spectacular. It has a fireplace with decorative marble tile medallions, and a wall of built in bookshelves and cabinetry. The master bath has a unique feature. Its shower is large and has two rain shower heads and glass on two sides allowing those in it to enjoy views of Long Island Sound and the Southport and Fairfield coastlines. That’s one of the benefits of enjoying the amount of privacy this property affords. Another room in the master suite serves as a den or office. It has a beamed ceiling, two separate built-in office areas, and two separate doors to separate balconies.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Elizabethan Tudor-Style Colonial
ADDRESS: 114 Beachside Avenue
FEATURES: waterfront property, steps from private beach, generator, two-story carriage house with two-car garage, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool and spa, koi pond with waterfall, three lots totaling 7.7 acres, bluestone patios, gated property, balconies, five fireplaces, proximity to Greens Farms Metro North train station, audio system, skylights, some window treatments, in-law apartment, circular driveway, zoned gas heat, two laundry rooms, professional landscaping, three garden sheds, deer fencing, front and rear staircases, pull-down attic stairs, full basement, wood shingle roof, attached two-car garage (four bays total on property), seven bedrooms, seven full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School
MILL RATE: 16.86 mills
On the second floor there is an in-law or au pair apartment and another guest bedroom en suite. The third floor has five rooms, three of which are bedrooms. One is a study and one is an exercise room with a full bath and steam shower. Four of the five rooms on this level have their own baths.
The grounds are attractively landscaped and has a wealth of greenery including mature trees, shaped shrubbery, a Casa Blanca lily patch, a number of evergreens, a magnolia tree, specimen plantings, and a free-standing wisteria vine that is growing like a tree.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Victoria Fingelly of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-610-0647 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.