WESTPORT — The gray contemporary house at 13A Dogwood Lane in the Compo South neighborhood was known to the many friends, colleagues, and family of owners Irene and Sy Cohen as Cohen Country Club, according to listing agent Mark Gilrain in a blog he wrote about the house.
The name fits, Gilrain says. The 1.55-acre property in a very private setting half way down a private lane has a cushioned tennis court surface — the same technology as the courts used for the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., a heated gunite in-ground swimming pool with automated cover, a cabana, wood deck and hot tub.
It also has nearly 5,000 square feet of potential. The house was built in the contemporary style in 1985 and it still has that 1980s feel, but could easily be updated. It has good bones, but could use some updating. An architect or designer could take it in one of several directions during a renovation project: industrial, mid-century modern or leave it in the contemporary style, while bringing its form and function into the 21st century.
During a recent special open house event Westport architect John Jones said this house is a pristine example of a design indicative of the time in which it was built. Although it is dated, Jones said the house can be modernized. He said it has a lot of fun, creative spaces on the inside. Outside it enjoys the recreational features plus plenty of entertainment space on the large wood deck.
“It takes a very different client to appreciate and embrace it,” said Liz Jahn, a Westport architect. But such a house is worth considering, she said. Although Jahn grew up in a more classical house she said it was another contemporary house that influenced her decision to pursue a career in the architectural field. With a contemporary house “you have a great sense of indoor and outdoor space,” she said, adding that many owners of traditional colonials are modifying them to do what contemporaries have always done: offering an open floor plan and an integration of indoor-outdoor spaces.
“This house has a lot of potential,” she said, encouraging people to look through the more dated aspects of this house to recognize what it can become.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 13A Dogwood Lane
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: tennis court, 1.55-acre level and sloping property, private road, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool with automated cover, cabana, wrap-around wood deck, hot tub, exterior lighting, underground sprinkler, two wet bars, four fireplaces, sound system, stone wall, Thermopane Windows, attached two-car garage, zoned heating and air conditioning, circular driveway, easy access to train station, minutes to Compo Beach, walking distance to the 16-acre Caryl & Edna Haskins Nature Preserve and downtown Westport, full unfinished basement, five bedrooms, five full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 16.86 mills
It sits on an idyllic street of 70-plus lushly landscaped acres with only 36 other houses on those acres, each one of them rather notable. The house is walking distance to the 16-acre Caryl & Edna Haskins Nature Preserve and downtown Westport, and it is only minutes to the train station, Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach.
Stone pillars mark the entrance to the long, Belgium block and tree-lined driveway. The property is dotted with many trees and attractive landscaping aimed at enhancing the beauty of the site and augmenting its privacy. Among the many plantings are dogwood trees, boxwood shrubbery, accents of Japanese maples and andromedas. A crushed stone bed beneath a canopy of trees contains a wooden garden bench that offers a space to sit, relax, and reflect.
A cobblestone path leads to the stone steps up to the 12-paned glass front door; the first of many glass features by way of windows and skylights to enjoy the surrounding view and to bring in ample natural light. The foyer leads into the main living level which enjoys an open concept floor plan. At the center of the house is a floating staircase to the second floor. Off this central area is a paneled office with built-in bookshelves, the first of the home’s four fireplaces, and the first of two wet bars. This one has glass shelving for storage of stemware.
The other wet bar sits between the open dining room and the spacious living room. This free-standing floor-to-ceiling unit has a Vermont Verde marble counter, brass sink, glass shelving and special lighting. The living room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, skylights, and sliding doors to the deck and pool area, where there is a cabana attached to the house. It has a changing room, water closet, shower and kitchenette.
In the open kitchen features include two center islands - one with a Jenn-Air range top and the other with a breakfast bar, modern stone counters, stainless appliances, and double stainless sinks. Off the kitchen is the family room, where there is a vaulted ceiling, fireplace with a hand-painted ceramic tile surround, sliding doors to the deck, and a greenhouse-like sun room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof. The sun room has sliding doors on two opposing walls.
The first floor master suite has a tall vaulted ceiling, fireplace, an updated marble bath, walk-in closet, and dressing room. There is also a sliding door to a portion of the deck that has built-in window boxes, two tiers and a built-in bench. The remaining four bedrooms, two of them en suite, are on the second floor. A large bonus room is currently used as a gym but, like the house, has many possibilities.
As the listing agent says, this house is “one designer and two months away from everything on your dream list” … a country club of your own.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Mark Gilrain of Halstead Property at 917-287-2451 or MGilrain@Halstead.com.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017