An updated Cape-style house that sits in a quiet, close-knit neighborhood within walking distance to downtown Westport represents the affordable housing options that exist within the borders of the largely affluent community.
The brown cedar-shingle house with white shutters at 6 Willowbrook Drive in the Coleytown section of Westport is ideal for families with young children because it is a safe place for them to play and ride bicycles.
Willowbrook is a cul-de-sac, and the road it feeds into is a one-way street. The current homeowner, who grew up there in the house her father built in 1960, said some families from other parts of Westport actually visit her neighborhood for Halloween because there is little traffic, and therefore it is a safe place to walk around.
This house packs a lot into a modest 1,872 square feet of living space. On the first floor, there are four rooms, including the master bedroom and a flexible room that can serve as an office or bedroom. Upstairs, there are two large rooms, as well as a kitchenette, which would lend this space to serve as an in-law suite.
The house is situated on a plot of land that is 0.15 of an acre in size. The house is set back from the road on a slight incline with slate stairs that lead from the street level to the front door. Inside, the foyer, right hallway and kitchen share the same terra cotta colored Mexican tile flooring with hand-painted tile inserts.
The same painted tiles comprise the backsplash in the kitchen, which could use some updating; however, it is certainly adequate and the owner said her mother managed to cook easily there for a family of six.
Also included in the kitchen is an L-shaped counter, a second counter area, GE ceramic cook top, a Kenmore wall-mounted oven, and a door that leads to the wood deck and the fenced-in backyard.
The living room has a yellow brick fireplace with a raised hearth topped with a slate slab. The living and dining rooms have crown molding.
The second floor also has a flexible layout. It currently has two bedrooms, but there is room to create a third if necessary. There is also ample storage space.
The master bedroom could be moved to the second floor, and the kitchenette can easily be converted into a good size master bath.
The full, partially-finished basement, which walks out to the one-car attached, under-house garage, has built-in bookshelves, sheet-rocked walls, recessed lighting and storage closets and other storage areas. The good-size laundry room also houses the heating system and hot water heater.
Outside, the backyard is small, but it can accommodate play and picnics as well as gardening. In the front yard, the paved driveway is large enough to accommodate five vehicles, and another two can be parked on the street when the home's new family entertains guests or hosts family holiday gatherings.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Cape
ADDRESS: 6 Willowbrook Drive, Westport
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 6
AMENITIES: beach rights, walking distance to downtown Westport, convenient to the Merritt Parkway, one fireplace, wood deck, new roof installed in 2008, fieldstone walls, central air conditioning, fenced yard with a new retaining wall, house exterior freshly painted in 2010
OTHER INFORMATION: three to four bedrooms, two full baths, one-car attached under house garage, full partially finished basement, hardwood floors throughout, new forced air oil heating system installed in 2010, sewer system, city water, concrete sea wall, potential for a dock, laundry room, storm door, hardwood floors
SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills