Photo: Halstead Connecticut
In 2002, the current owners of 14 Westmere Ave. discovered the Bell Island home that had been built to spec, as if just for them.
“We were looking in the area, took one look inside at the layout and view over the marsh, and bought it that week,” the owner recalled. Having spent some memorable years here, they are now ready to part ways with the home they’ve loved and have listed it for sale with Jennifer Runnette of Halstead’s Connecticut’s Westport office.
Completed in 2001, the Nantucket-style shingle home presides over a double lot — 0.26 acre — and is said to deliver spectacular views of Farm Creek, with which the property shares a waterfront bank.
With 4,850 square feet of living space and an open floor plan, the home feels elegant but unpretentious, spacious yet manageable.
Inside the main entrance, a foyer awaits, with the main staircase rising up to the private quarters on the second level.
The kitchen effortlessly spills into the great room, where there’s a stone fireplace to create a welcoming, warm ambiance. Plus, there’s a breakfast nook off the kitchen, which is a nice day-to-day dining alternative to the more formal, combined living and dining room.
Address: 14 Westmere Ave.,
Price: $2.575 million
Number of Rooms: 9
Features: Built in 2001, this nine-room Nantucket-style shingle home has 4,538 square feet of living space, with an entry foyer, combined formal living and dining room, an eat-in kitchen with breakfast room, family room and bonus-room space. It has four bedrooms, with the option to leverage the bonus space for an additional bedroom. The master suite has walk-in closets, a desk area, sitting area, en-suite bath with water views, and a private balcony deck overlooking the water. This home has an attached two-car garage, as well as a mudroom. The 0.26-acre lot has been appended with a stone and Belgian block front path and beautiful landscaping plantings.
Schools: Rowayton Elementary, Roton Middle, Brien McMahon High
The kitchen is laid out around a ‘serving and holding island,” the seller explained, pointing out the space’s view of the tidal marsh.
For outdoor entertaining, the next residents will surely find the expansive mahogany deck to be invaluable. One of the improvements the sellers have made to the home is to the deck; they’ve added retractable awnings over the rear deck, “which basically added a room,” the seller explained. “The rear deck with the awning is great for cocktail-party overflow and smaller lunches and dinners.”
Upstairs, the master suite and three additional en-suite bedrooms are found. The master suite is designed with walk-in closet space, room for a personal desk and seating and a second-level deck overlooking the water. The water comes into view from the master bath, too, including from the strategically positioned jetted tub.
It was the master suite and the family that were the two most beloved interior rooms — because they are inviting, comforting, but also because they offer stunning glimpses of the water and wildlife.
Up another set of stairs, on the home’s third level, there’s bonus room, which could be interpreted for any number of purposes. It, too, has breathtaking views of the Farm Creek, so it could easily be leveraged as a bedroom, home office or as an exercise studio, for example.
Though the water laps at the banks of the property, flooding has never been a problem here, according to the seller, who said that Hurricane Sandy gave them a close call, but they were spared from rising waters. Given the recent construction of the home, building codes and height requirements have been smartly implemented in the site and architectural planning.
Being on the water affords a certain lifestyle for the residents of this community. Here at 14 Westmere, the owners have enjoyed being able to launch kayaks from their backyard and excursions over to nearby South Beach and East Beach.
The sellers recall fondly their years of watching the tides come and go, and the waterfowl that came to visit or stay. “Egrets, blue herons, ducks and occasional swans are constantly part of the scenery,” the seller said.
Among the many perks of living in Bell Island is access to its two private beaches and several parks.
“Bell Island is a small, friendly community,” the seller said, noting that it’s a walking and cycling community, with the Village of Rowayton conveniently close by. “One particularly unique feature is Rocky Point, a community park on the southeast edge of Bell Island, on Long Island Sound. It is used for fly-casting from the rocks and occasional receptions and parties, with extraordinary vistas of the sound, Sheffield Island Lighthouse, and on a clear day the skyline of New York City.”