On the market: Westport home takes Wright approach to artistic, natural accents
WESTPORT — Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright incorporated his architectural masterpieces into a site’s natural surroundings, often including waterfalls, streams and natural pools of water.
A water element figures prominently in the smoke-colored ranch-style house, at 8 Dogwood Lane in Westport, which has an indirect connection to Wright. This house has a large pool house — attached to the main house — with an indoor swimming pool, spa and entertainment center with a wet bar. It is easily accessed from the lower level family room creating a large entertainment space that continues into the attractively landscaped, Zen-like, 1.4-acre property.
Dogwood Lane is a private road, which has 20 lots with a mix of architectural styles including a Frazier Forman Peters stone house, mid-century moderns and large new colonials. The house was originally built in 1954 as a mid-century modern designed by Aaron Resnick, a disciple of Wright who put the architect’s theories into practice, according to Resnick’s Nov. 1, 1986, obituary in the New York Times.
In the last year, the original structure was partially demolished and rebuilt to create a 21st Century home using a design that maximizes its minimalism. The shell is basically the same, but the new configuration added square footage to accommodate a gourmet kitchen and private master suite. Some walls were moved and some spaces were re-imagined. The house has 4,200 square feet of living space, not including the pool house. Several skylights bring natural light into the house. The wood floors were bleached and stained.
“The transformation is amazing,” one neighbor said during a recent public open house.
There is local interest and value to the house as it was the long-time residence of one of Westport’s cherished daughters, the late Susan Malloy, an artist, arts patron and philanthropist. It’s fitting then that the major renovation transformed the structure into a work of art. The entrance features five glass panels of stained and beveled glass. Inside, a long hallway has four floor-to-ceiling windows covered with a decorative contemporary wood framework.
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With its open floor plan, the living and dining rooms share one large space that has a vaulted ceiling and cove lighting. One concrete wall houses a wood-burning fireplace. The living room also has two separate doors to the wood deck and backyard, and a wet bar and beverage refrigerator. There is a second wet bar in the pool house.
The kitchen’s features include a large marble center island, marble counters, a cathedral ceiling, eat-in area with a door to a wrap-around wood deck and custom cabinets. It has a Viking Professional six-burner range, Viking double ovens and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
One room has flexible use as an office, den or gym. It is positioned on its own level between the main and lower floors.
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TYPE: Contemporary ranch
ADDRESS: 8 Dogwood Lane
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
FEATURES: heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub, wet bar, easy access to Metro-North train station in Saugatuck, minutes to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, walking distance to the 16-acre Caryl and Edna Haskins Nature Preserve and downtown Westport, 1.4-acre level and sloping property, located on a private road, generator, two wet bars, patio, multiple balconies/decks, two fireplaces, skylights, wood shingle roof, attic, full finished walk-out basement, semi-circular driveway, community association, attached two-car garage, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 18.09 mills
ASSOCIATION FEE: $9,999
The main level has three en suite bedrooms, the first of which has a tray ceiling, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and a door to the same sizable deck that can be accessed from the living room. The master suite has two walls of windows and four separate doors to a long private balcony/deck that wraps around on three sides, cathedral ceiling, cove lighting and gas fireplace. In the master bath the floors are heated. There is a free-standing soaking tub and large shower stall.
A fourth bedroom is found on the lower level between the family room and pool house. It has wall-to-wall carpeting and a sliding door to a large bluestone patio. Outside this bedroom is a full bath, which is also near the pool house. The pool house has three sliding doors to the stone patio.
Although the house is close to the Post Road (Route 1) and downtown Westport, one would never know it. Dogwood Lane is within easy walking distance to the Caryl and Edna Haskins Nature Preserve on Green Acre Lane, a 16-acre sanctuary administered by the Aspetuck Land Trust.
There will be an open house on Sunday, March 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Maryann Ross Levanti of Higgins Group Real Estate at 203-984-5157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.