Real Estate

A former equestrian property in Westport, Connecticut, comes with a main house and separate cottage, plus a converted barn on subdivided acreage.

The 4.54-acre estate in Westport’s Old Hill section was once part of a larger equestrian property. Along with a four-bedroom, 5 1/2-bathroom main house, there is a two-bedroom cottage and a 1,200-square-foot barn that was turned into a recording studio by the current owner, a retired music producer.

The barn sits on 2 acres that have already gone through the subdivision approval process, which allows the buyer to have multiple options for the property, says Angela Benzan of The Higgins Group Private Brokerage, which is listing the property.

“To have these structures and acreage in Westport is very unique,” Benzan says.

The approximately 5,000-square-foot country-style main home was built in 1939. The home has a connection to the makers of Joy Perfume, a fragrance created in 1929 by perfumer Henri Alméras for Parisian couturier Jean Patou, which was successful despite the arrival of the Great Depression.

It has a mix of modern updates and classic touches. The center hall entrance is flanked by a covered porch.

Inside, there is an open floor plan that includes a living room with a fireplace and kitchen with a center island and stainless-steel appliances, including a Viking range. The main floor also features a cherry wood-paneled library or office, windowed laundry area with sink and an enclosed and insulated sunroom. The first floor also has a guest wing with a full bath and large bonus room.

Also on the first floor, French doors lead to a bluestone patio that’s adjacent to a heated Gunite pool. There are classic moldings, built-in shelving and arched windows throughout the home.

On the second floor, a large primary suite comes with a separate sitting area and marble bathroom with a double vanity, soaking tub and separate glass-walled shower.

The cottage comes with a kitchen, living room, office and full bathroom and is currently rented for $2,500 per month.

The property is located on Newtown Turnpike, about 3 miles from shopping and dining in downtown Westport and about 5 miles from the town-run Compo Beach.

The estate is on the market for $2.999 million.


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