‘ Country estate’ in Westport
Updated colonial showcases 19th century charm
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.