On the Market / Westport house saved, restored and rebuilt
Published 2:37 pm, Monday, November 13, 2017
WESTPORT — A drive through the streets of tony Westport reveals a range of houses from newly constructed 10,000-square-foot mansions to tear-downs waiting to happen to older homes that, in the right hands and with the right modifications can be spared the wrecking ball.
Such is the case of the re-imagined white contemporary ranch-style house at 34 Jennie Lane, which sits on a 1.25-cre level property in the Compo South neighborhood. The house could be defined as new construction with a twist. A large portion of the original house was preserved.
“Another home saved, restored and rebuilt by CCO Habitats,” according to the website for the Westport home builder, which was responsible for the work.
“We genuinely enjoy preserving Westport’s character one house at a time,” said David Vynerib, founder and president of CCO Habitats. The company has won two Home Building Industry, or HOBI, awards, including one in 2017 for Best Renovated Spec House for this 5,236-square-foot residence.
This is really “a California contemporary-style house with a warm Connecticut vibe - open and casual, light and bright, with a killer first floor master suite,” according to the listing agent, who further defines the house as “comfortable sophistication.” Most of the house is on one level but there is a second floor in one section that holds two of the bedrooms.
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Before its transformation this house comprised a bunch of dark rooms. Its new incarnation has an open, flexible floor plan with lots of natural light and five bedrooms scattered throughout the home; “perfect for the buyer not looking for a traditional box,” the realtor said.
During a recent open house event it wasn’t just prospective homebuyers who stopped by. Several neighbors also did a walk-through, their mouth agape as they did.
“I knew this house before (its transformation). The shape is the same. From the street it looks the same. Inside it’s completely different. It’s amazing they can do this,” one neighbor said. Others talked about the close-knit neighborhood and said the next owners have more than a beautiful house, property, and in-ground swimming pool to look forward to. Residents of the street get together every year for a local block party. The fun activities continue year-round. This is a water community and residents can walk to Longshore Country Club and Compo Beach less than a mile away. It is also an easy drive to the Saugatuck train station and I-95 for commuters.
There is a long semi-circular driveway lined in Belgium block in front of the house with ample parking for visitors there and on the street. A wide granite path, also bordered by Belgium block, leads to the covered front entrance. From the foyer glass French doors lead into a great, open space, where the living room is to the right, the dining room is to the left and the eat-in kitchen is straight ahead. The hardwood floors throughout are cerused, a bleaching technique.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Contemporary Ranch
ADDRESS: 34 Jennie Lane
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: 1.25-acre level property, located on a cul-de-sac, oversized heated in-ground swimming pool, privacy fencing, one two-sided fireplace, underground sprinkler, gazebo, gardens, walk to Longshore Country Club and Compo Beach, easy commute to Saugatuck train station and I-95, attached three-car garage, zoned propane heat, semi-circular driveway, attic, partial partially finished basement, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 16.86 mills
In the living room there is a vaulted ceiling, bay window, and a double-sided fireplace in the center of the room. The other side of the firebox opens to the family room, which has two skylights and French doors that open to the sizable bluestone patio and attractive backyard and its established landscaped gardens with an abundance of flowering perennials. There is also plenty of flat grassy yard as well.
The eat-in area of the kitchen features a walk-in bay window area and a dry bar with a beverage refrigerator. In the kitchen the features include a center island/breakfast bar topped in a thick slab of marble. The perimeter counters are also marble. High-end appliances include a Thermador six-burner range top.
One wing of the house contains the master suite, and office, and another en suite bedroom. The other wing has another bedroom, mudroom with built-in cubbies, full bath and laundry room. This area of the house provides access to the attached three-car garage, a door to the backyard, and the stairs to the second floor and to the basement, the latter of which has flexible use finished space with wall-to-wall carpeting. The laundry room has a sink and it is large enough to double as a pantry.
The master bedroom has a tray ceiling, walk-in closet, and a spacious bath with a vaulted ceiling, skylight, and free-standing soaking tub.
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 email@example.com.