Real Estate

A Modern Farmhouse Preserves Its Charm In Westport, Connecticut

A Westport home located between the beach and downtown was reimagined by a design and build team. They transformed the turn-of-the-last-century Dutch Colonial into a modern farmhouse with luxurious updates while retaining the original charm.

The team of designer Bob Costanza, architect Doug Cutler and builder Oscar Leal of Beachwalk Homes worked together to keep the original foundation and curved roofline, and added modern wings to the footprint, expanding the home to 5,400 square feet.

An oversized porch wraps around the main level, with a foyer that leads to a large great room with a gas fireplace and 20-foot cathedral ceilings accented by dramatic pendant lights. Floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the room bring in plenty of lighting and a wall of sliding doors lead to the backyard.

The kitchen features cabinetry from UK-based Wren Kitchens and a 10-foot gray island topped with marbled white quartz countertops, along with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and plenty of seating space.

The dining room, which could also serve as a cozy family room, has French doors that open up to the mahogany deck that sits off of each first-floor space.

Also on the first floor is an office, a half bathroom and a full bathroom with access to the yard, with room and plans for a pool.

The second floor has five bedrooms, including a primary suite with a vaulted ceiling, two walk-in closets and large western-facing windows. The primary bathroom has a soaking tub and a glass-walled shower. Two upstairs bedrooms sit under the home’s original roofline. Aside from the primary suite, two of the bedrooms have attached bathrooms and walk-in closets. The two remaining bedrooms share a hall bathroom and there is a laundry room on this floor.

The home is outfitted with custom white oak flooring and features four zones for heating and cooling. There is room for two cars in the oversized garage with glass doors with access to a mudroom with benches and storage.

The home is set back on the 1.28-acre property, which is bordered by stone walls and a running stream. It’s roughly 2 miles to Compo Beach, the town’s beach on the Long Island Sound, and to the Westport railroad station for access to New York City via Metro-North. It’s also close to the main business district, with shopping, dining, the Broadway-caliber Westport Playhouse and a drive-in movie theater, and to restaurants in the waterfront Saugatuck area.

“To be this close to the beach and on this much property is rare,” said listing agent Julie Vanderblue of The Vanderblue Team at the Higgins Group Private Brokerage.

Vanderblue notes that because the builders maintained the original foundation, the taxes remain lower than a completely new build.

The home is on the market for $3.295 million.


Higgins Group Private Brokerage is an exclusive member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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