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REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS: Owning, Renting, Investing

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The Connecticut Post

Architectural Jewel With Lakeside Beauty In Westport

The first thing owners of this Lees Pond traditional home see when they rise in the morning is the water.

It's the same view when preparing a meal in the oversized eat-in kitchen.

"I love the views," seller Rena Kirsch said. "The architect designed it with a back wall of windows just for the view of the lake, and it is not shrouded by trees like many lake house properties."

Indeed, it was designed by Beinfeld Architecture whose founder, Bruce Beinfield, in 2010 became the first Connecticut architect since 2001 to be elected into the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in the category of design. This is the highest honor that the organization can bestow.

"the house was completed in 2013 and remains looking, feeling and smelling like brand new," said listing agent Mark Gilrain of Halstead Property.

It is located in upper Richmondville on what was a long-time country estate in the mid-cenutry, according to Gilrain.

At first glance, the waterfront property's exterior is striking as its roof reaches high into the sky and then sweeps downward. That is one of the residence's English country details that also include the solid-wood and arched front door.

The facade is a mix of varied size windows and doors, including the front door which opens to a double-height foyer. From there one can see the framed view of the lake on a living room wall.

The foyer alone has three coat closets, alluding to the ample storage throughout the house. Kirsch said there is so much storage space, she has closets in the master bedroom that are empty.

The open floor plan is 6,000 square feet spread out on three levels. Another 1,500 square feet is available in the unfinished attic.

"This house just flows. It's easy to live here," Kirsch said.

It has five bedrooms, as well as a dining room with a tray ceiling and double French doors that open to the patio. The study also has a paneled tray ceiling and masonry fireplace with stone surround and painted millwork.

The large mudroom with built-in cubbies for dirty boots is a mother's dream, according to Kirsch who has lived in houses where the mudroom is no wider than a hallway. There is also a separate playroom.

The residence boasts technological marvels including Nest Intelligent Environmental control system and a whole house media control that can be accessed from a cell phone or personal computer. The bathroom floors are alos heated for those cold winter nights.

Outside, there is a waterfront dock where Kirsch's family has housed a kayak. In addition to paddling up to the Saugatuck River, they have viewed swans and ducks, and enjoyed fishing.

"Theres always sonthing going on on the lake. I get my binoculars out and look all the time," Kirsch said.

One of the seller's favorite spots for entertaining is the back porch with its large bluestone tiles. From there, four sets of double doors can be opened for a clear view to the living room TV.

The sellers like that there are no wasted rooms inside the house; they all get used. The study, for example, has been converted to extra seating when needed, while the lower level's fifth bedroom with its wall of mirrors and rubber flooring configured for an in-house gym has been filled with two queen-sized beds when company comes to visit. There is also a full bath on the lower level.

The sellers recently remodeled the garage with new cabinets.

Listing agent: Mark Gilrain, Halstead Property, (203) 221- 666,


Address: 79 Richmondville Avenue, Westport

Price: $2.95 million

Rooms: 11

Features: Traditional designed house has an open floor plan with incredible indoor and outdoor living space with ample views of Lees Pond.

Schools: Coleytown elementary and middle schools, Staples High School

Monday, January 05, 2015