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On The Market Greens Farms Enclave Has Both Privacy And Proximity

Roseville and Hillspoint roads bisect Westport, and since the Colonial house at 7 Ellery Lane is near both, that would place the house in the heart of town.

That's a distinct advantage for someone who wants the best of both worlds: The convenience of being close to shops, restaurants and municipal buildings, while also having a home on a private one-acre property on a quiet cul-de-sac. The house is also in an ideal, central location for commuters. Its location in the Greens Farms neighborhood makes it equidistant to the Saugatuck and Greens Farms train stations. The train stations are only about four minutes from this house.

The house was custom built in 2005 by a husband and wife construction team, and it's apparent through the integration of masculine and feminine elements from the coffered ceilings of the formal living room and library/study to the graceful columns that separate the gourmet kitchen from the family room.

Deep crown molding and raised paneling frame many rooms of this 5,554-square-foot house, which has a two-story foyer, two powder rooms on the first floor, and a laundry room that also functions as a utility and craft room. It has wrapping paper bins, cupboards and cabinetry for crafts, all organized by California Closets. One prospective buyer, while viewing the house on a recent visit, said she wouldn't mind doing laundry in a room like that.

The formal living room features the first of three fireplaces, this one with decorative molding and fluted columns around it. There are French doors that separate the living room from the library. The formal dining room has wainscoting on the lower walls and a bowed wall with a window that features an unusual pane of glass. Rather than the typical divided light panes or a picture window, this one combines both elements. This window feature is repeated in several other areas of the house.

The family room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a natural wood mantle, exposed beams, built-in bookshelves and cabinets, and a home theater screen and projector from which the family can watch DVDs or the television. This projector will not convey with the house, but the room is arranged to accommodate a home theater feature.

French doors lead to a mahogany deck in the backyard. The deck can also be accessed by French doors in the gourmet kitchen.

Kitchen features include a farm sink, granite counters, center island and top of the line appliances, among them a gas range and griddle and warming oven. The granite-topped island has a built-in bookshelf, storage drawers, and a three-chair breakfast bar. In addition to the butler's pantry, with a wine cooler, the kitchen also has a walk-in pantry.

On the second floor, the master bedroom suite has a deep tray ceiling with a ceiling fan and a dressing room. Its walk-in closet is furnished with custom California Closet organizers. The spacious master bath has custom blinds that can be raised and lowered by use of a remote control.

A walk-up third floor is currently unfinished, but it is plumbed, wired and ready for completion if the next family wants or needs the space for more than storage.

The wired, plumbed, framed and insulated, partially finished basement level has a fireplace and party room.

Outside, the backyard has the deck and a flagstone patio with a barbecue area. The property also has lots of flowering trees, shrubs and perennial flowers including 200 spring bulbs.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Mary Ann Batsell of Halstead Property at 203-209-0933 or email her at


TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 7 Ellery Lane

PRICE: $2,599,000


AMENITIES: beach rights, proximity to Greens Farms and Saugatuck train stations, one-acre level property, 14-BTU generator, landscaped flower gardens, gourmet kitchen, butler's pantry, three fireplaces, mahogany deck, flagstone patio, French doors, detailed moldings, approved in-ground pool site, in-ground sprinkler system, insulated Thermopane windows, security system, some window treatments, audio system, open porch, zoned central air conditioning, ceiling fans, exterior lighting, shed, built-in bookshelves

OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, four full and two half baths, three-car attached garage, full finished walk-out basement, hardwood floors throughout most of house, laundry/utility room, walk-up attic, tank-less hot water, zoned hot air oil heating system, sewer system, public water

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,524,200

TAX RATE: 18.07 mills

TAXES: $27,298

Friday, July 19, 2013