‘ Coun­try es­tate’ in West­port

Up­dated colo­nial show­cases 19th cen­tury charm

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Real Estate - By Ber­nadette Blaze List­ing agent: Michelle& Com­pany, Wil­liam Raveis Real Es­tate, ( 203) 454- 4663, [email protected]­le­and­com­pany.com

Blend­ing mod­ern lux­ury with 19th cen­tury his­toric char­ac­ter, this circa 1800 colo­nial of­fers the best of all worlds. From the first ap­proach, this thought­fully ren­o­vated home ex­udes the am­bi­ence of be­ing trans­ported to the English coun­try­side yet is just min­utes from the town cen­ter.

“This coun­try es­tate is the per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of quin­tes­sen­tial Con­necti­cut,” Michelle Gen­ovesi said. “With charm, con­di­tion, pri­vacy and lo­ca­tion ... it truly has it all!”

The dis­tin­guished res­i­dence is set on a cov­eted tree- lined street in a peace­ful neigh­bor­hood in the heart of West­port, with easy ac­cess to the YMCA and Mer­ritt Park­way.

This distinc­tive cen­ter- chim­ney colo­nial sits be­yond a gated drive­way and ivy- cov­ered stone walls in an en­chant­ing 2- acre set­ting, brim­ming with stone walls, sprawl­ing lawns and lush gar­dens. The prop­erty also in­cludes a car­riage house with two le­gal rental apart­ments set away from the main house. This ver­sa­tile space can be used to gen­er­ate ad­di­tional in­come or func­tion as a home of­fice or guest house.

White col­umns frame the sig­na­ture turquoise front door. Thought­fully ren­o­vated while main­tain­ing many of the home’s orig­i­nal de­tails, an­tique touches are ap­par­ent through­out.

In­side, the front stair­case is ac­cented by crisp white mold­ing and built- in shelves as it winds up to the sec­ond floor. Wide­plank hard­wood floors stretch through­out.

El­e­gant, well- pro­por­tioned liv­ing spa­ces fill the first level and cre­ate the per­fect at­mos­phere for en­ter­tain­ing. The liv­ing room is high­lighted by tall win­dows and a grand wood- burn­ing fire­place and opens into a warm and invit­ing sun­room, wrapped in built- ins and awash in nat­u­ral light. Glass doors in the sun­room open to the ter­race and a wet bar serves both rooms with style. The fam­ily room also fea­tures French doors to the ter­race.

Cen­ter­ing on a wood- burn­ing fire­place, the for­mal din­ing room is ac­cented in deep green hues, built- in cor­ner cup­boards, in­tri­cate pan­el­ing and clas­sic charm cre­at­ing a space rem­i­nis­cent of a colo­nial- era tav­ern. A rus­tic slid­ing barn door sep­a­rates the din­ing room from the kitchen.

The beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated gourmet kitchen fea­tures sleek wood coun­ter­tops and an enor- mous is­land and break­fast bar topped in Car­rara mar­ble. A large farm­house sink with art­ful de­signs is just one of the hall­marks of the kitchen, along with high­end stain­less- steel ap­pli­ances and a six- burner Vik­ing gas range cre­at­ing a true chef’s kitchen. Cheer­ful and wel­com­ing, the bright and sunny break­fast room fea­tures French doors to the ter­race and a back porch that looks out to­ward the car­riage house.

The cap­ti­vat­ing blue­stone ter­race and out­door liv­ing ar­eas are sur­rounded by stone walls, ma­ture trees and ver­dant gar­dens paint­ing an ex­quis­ite back­drop for fes­tive gar­den par­ties, sum­mer bar­be­cues, and meals en­joyed in the fresh air.

The ter­race ex­tends down to the heated gu­nite pool and spa, cre­at­ing a serene out­door oa­sis. Re­lax by the pool and take in the sum­mer breezes un­der the shade of the crisp white per­gola. A lovely pool house af­fords a gra­cious spot for won­der­ful pool­side en­ter­tain­ing in­side and out.

On the home’s sec­ond level, the serene and spa­cious mas­ter suite is a chic sanc­tu­ary, dressed in tran­quil col­ors and warm sun­light. This el­e­gant space over­looks the unique geo­met­ric pat­terns of the top­i­ary gar­den and fea­tures a dress­ing room, walk- in closet and mas­ter bath with a tra­di­tional claw­foot tub, mar­ble floor, twin pedestal sinks, and a large glass- en­closed shower.

There are two ad­di­tional bed­rooms, one fea­tur­ing a fire­place adorned with vi­brant blue mo­saic tiles and the sec­ond with a cozy built- in dress­ing ta­ble. There is also a home of­fice or study, wrapped in crown mould­ings and a wall of crisp white builtins.

On the third level, sun­light pours in through sky­lights into an in­ti­mate bed­room suite with vaulted ceil­ing and built- in book­shelves.

“This trea­sured home show­cases a time­less place of beauty and a piece of Con­necti­cut’s past,” Gen­ovesi said.

The circa 1800 colo­nial at 43 Red Coat Road in West­port fea­tures white col­umns that frame the sig­na­ture turquoise front door.

Above: The ren­o­vated gourmet kitchen fea­tures sleek wood coun­ter­tops and an is­land and break­fast bar topped in Car­rara mar­ble. Be­low left: The ter­race at 43 Red Coat Road in West­port ex­tends to the heated pool and spa. Be­low right: The liv­ing room is high­lighted by tall win­dows and a wood- burn­ing fire­place.

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