Deeds & Don’ts Connecticut and Westchester

Inside stories behind area real estate deals

in keeping with this issue’s theme, we dove into listings that reflect what it means to live by the water in Connecticut from homes on the shores of lakes and rivers, to great estates that line Long Island Sound. Our search also led us to a couple of cool pools and a brand-new French-style chateau in New Canaan beautifully sited on six acres with a private lake. So whether your dream home comes with a sandy beach or a pool house with a wet bar, we’ve got a property for you. Happy summer!

Belle Haven Compound
$16.9 million

Belle Haven is, arguably, Connecticut’s best coastal address, and this Mediterranean-style manor home offers the best of the best: 12,000 square feet of new (circa 2009) and stylish interiors with expansive walls of windows overlooking Long Island Sound inlets and seascapes. The exteriors are clad in stucco with a tile roof and dramatic arches along a portico. The glamour continues indoors with a central atrium, a floor-to-ceiling hearth in the living room and a chic kitchen with glass doors opening onto a terrace. In all there are six bedrooms and six bathrooms (as well as three half bathrooms). Barbara Wells of Prudential Connecticut Realty in Greenwich has the listing. (203) 637-6226.


Compo Beach Shingle-Style

It’s rare to find a newly constructed home in Westport’s Compo Beach neighborhood. As with any coastal enclave, real estate is so precious that buildable lots are hard to come by. Rarer still are offerings around Westport’s Minute Man Hill, which is both coastal and convenient: Walk five minutes in either direction and you’re at Longshore Country Club or the beach; drive 10 minutes and you’re at the train station or on Interstate 95. And when we say new construction, we mean it: The paint’s still drying inside this 7,600-square-foot home that features 10-foot coffered ceilings, five fireplaces, a master suite with water views, a balcony and a sitting room, along with five additional bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. On the outside, we’re wowed by the wraparound veranda, fieldstone fireplace and pool. It’s listed with Deirdre Andreoli, (203) 856-7479, and Elayne Landau, (203) 722-3101, of Westport Beach & Country Homes.


Compo Beach Antique

This Compo Beach listing,
called the Stephen B. Wakeman House, was built in 1834 for one of the town’s founding families. We always love a portico and the 4,200-square-foot Colonial greets guests with one—as a segue to an old-fashioned “keeping room” warmed by a fireplace. The state-of-the-art kitchen features an adjoining butler’s pantry, desk alcove and breakfast room, which flow into the family room with coffered ceilings and a stone fireplace. The master suite is also thoroughly modern in its amenities with his-and-hers walk-in closets and a master bath with an oversized soaking tub. In all, there are five bedrooms, four bathrooms, plus one half bathroom. It’s listed with Sue Lieberman of the Riverside Realty Group in Westport. (203) 221-9876.


Lakeside Chateau
New Canaan

This gorgeous French-style chateau offers the best of all worlds. It was built to accommodate every amenity, but aspects of its interiors are customizable, so its new owners can truly make it their own. Plus, this 15,000-square-foot estate was purposefully designed to remain unsullied by exposed garage doors, air-conditioning units and other modern-day detractions. The nine-bay garage, for instance, is underground and also offers a private car wash. On the six gorgeous acres are a private lake and a guest cottage. And inside the main house, we’re especially impressed by the grand entrance hall with 35-foot coffered ceilings, as well as the two-story library with stairs down to the wine cellar and up to the master suite. It’s listed with Ileana Barns-Slavin of Ileana Barns-Slavin Associates with Prudential Connecticut Realty in New Canaan. (203) 246-7215.

Southport Antique
$12.5 million

Nearly every home in the tiny village of Southport can claim “waterfront living,” so it takes a lot for one property’s views and access to win out over another’s. Prepare to be impressed by this Harbor Road home’s curb appeal: The stately Italianate residence is set against a backdrop of sweeping views across Southport Harbor and Long Island Sound. Additional assets: a pool and terrace with lawns that slope down to a private dock. Built in 1854, the 7,143-square-foot home has six bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as two half bathrooms. It’s listed with Catherine Fingelly Granneberg of Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate. (203) 454-5194.

The Weed-Bell House

This circa-1733 property earns a place of distinction on our waterfront list thanks to its fabulous pool and pool house, surrounded by a landscaped terrace and lovely gardens, on a total of 1.35 acres. Inside, the pre-Revolutionary War home has been completely renovated while retaining its antique fixtures and finishes—gorgeous woodwork, a lovely staircase and five fireplaces. In all, the nearly 5,000-square-foot Colonial offers five bedrooms and four bathrooms (plus one half bathroom). Doug Milne and Sheree Frank of Kelly Associates Real Estate in Darien have the listing. (203) 621-0938.