A Charming Westport Cape Lists for $789K

The author and illustrator of the Little Toot series once lived in this Westport Cape.Among Connecticut’s cold coast towns, Westport has always attracted the lion’s share of cultural celebrities. In 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald, along with “it” girl Zelda, rocked a rental home at 244 Compo Beach Road South, one that still bears a plaque commemorating their stay—and from the stories they generated, one imagines that if they had posted a security deposit, it would not have been returned. Modern-day famous folk are wide ranging, including actors Joanne Woodward and her husband Paul Newman, when he was alive, writer Jane Green and shock jock Don Imus. A quieter, but much-beloved, Westport talent was an author-illustrator called Hardie Gramatky, famous for the Little Toot series of Golden Books, first published in 1939, telling seven stories about a rascally tugboat. The sweet, circa-1923 home Gramatky lived and wrote in just hit the market for $789,000. The Westport cape is sited high on nearly two acres on Roseville Road, with views over Long Island Sound. It’s been expanded over the years to 2,271 square feet with a lovely, open-plan living and dining area downstairs and a master suite upstairs, along with four additional bedrooms. It lists with Cyd Hamer of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

The living room features exposed beams. The kitchen is open to the rest of the house. The dining room is sunny and bright. The master bedroom features plenty of sunlight.