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4 Pan Handle Lane It Is Easy Being Green

WESTPORT --With 261 feet of frontage on the Saugatuck River and 2.66 acres of property, 4 Pan Handle Lane in Westport, currently on the market for $4.75 million, is a darling 9,250-square-foot, six-bedroom stone-clad gem designed for fine living and elegant entertaining.

"This is a grand classic beauty with the utmost in green technology to make this elegant masterpiece a distinctive, one-of-a-kind home," says Mark Gilrain, an agent with Halstead Property, who is the listing agent on the property. "To me, it's a house that's built with the wisdom to stand the test of time. It's completely today's house but the needs of generations have been considered. All it takes is different furniture and paint colors."

According to Gilrain, heavy hand-crafted plaster moldings, deep crown and base molding, fine trim-work, solid maple doors, wide-plank wood floors, lavish stone and marble accent the architecturally impressive residence's interior excellence.


"It's super classic and well engineered and well built," Gilrain says. "It blends classic architecture with the latest green technology."


In fact, for those concerned with green features and sustainability, this six-year-old house is a dream come true.

Geothermal wells were installed in the front of the house and temperate water is circulated through piping loops that run between the house HVAC equipment and the wells. In warm weather, the heat in the house is discharged to the cooler earth, thereby cooling the interior of the house, and conversely, during periods of cold weather, the natural warmth of the ground is extracted and transferred to the house. The underside of the basement floor is insulated with extruded polystyrene foam boards, thereby containing and conserving the energy within the interior of the house.

The house also makes use of a Canadian wall system, designed for the severe winter temperatures encountered in the northern latitudes. In this system the walls contain fiberglass insulation, a reflective foil barrier to re-radiate energy into the house, two air gaps and an exterior drainage channel to prevent the accumulation of rot and mold causing moisture on the wall surface.

As for windows, triple glazed windows have been applied to re-radiate energy back into the house. The casement design provides a tighter seal against the loss of energy by way of drafts as compared to double hung windows.

4 Pan Handle Lane is also equipped with a solar energy system to produce 5,000 watts of electric power from sunlight and fitted with fresh air ventilation equipment that provides the necessary air exchange to maintain a healthy environment.

"Exceptional construction conserves every possible ampere, creating a cutting-edge home ideally planned to operate at high efficiency," Gilrain says.

On the main floor, a two-story entrance hall has a seven-foot dome and chandelier lift. A custom-circular main stair with turned balusters leads to the next level.

The grand room offers 450 square feet of entertaining space around a fireplace featuring imported hand crafted French white marble mantel. Solid maple paneled, arched, pocket doors lead you to the dining room, featuring heavy 10-inch carved plaster moldings and chair rail.

The kitchen includes handcrafted and finished raised paneled custom cabinetry with a cherry wood center island, a Viking dual fuel range with burgundy front, a subzero with matching paneled doors and updated GE appliances. There's also an under counter wine cooler.

A floor to ceiling stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the living room, which also has a handcrafted heavy timber frame and doweled vaulted ceiling.

There's also a library, featuring solid cherry raised paneled walls with built-in shelves and bookcases that also includes a gas-operated fireplace with a cherry mantle and a drawing room, which has a wet bar and beautiful stone counters.

On the second floor, the master bedroom suite includes a fireplace with a stone mantel, a sitting room, two enormous walk-in closets and a master bath with heated tile floors and a generous use of glass tile in the steam shower with hydro-massage jets.

Five other Jack and Jill bedrooms and three bathrooms make up the rest of the floor, including a guest or au pair room with private bath.

The house also offers a personal gym and sauna, a wine cellar with capacity for 1,000 bottles and a three-car garage.

Solid cedar French doors open to the flagstone terrace overlooking the forested backyard with river views. Access to the river through a manicured Spruce Forest allows for fishing and other water-based activities.

Thursday, December 19, 2013