On the Market: Distinctive Peters’ house has lots of character and charm
DARIEN — The current owner of the English Cotswold Tudor stone and stucco cottage at 76 Locust Hill Road had just purchased the house when her father recommended she hire a carpenter for some minor repairs. He had one man in mind and when the owner and carpenter spoke she learned that his father, Frazier Peters, had built her new residence back in 1928.
The famed local architect was known for his stone houses, his respect for the natural surroundings of the building parcel, and other signature design elements.
“Peters actively designed with nature, applying natural ventilation strategies, day-lighting strategies, and orientation principles that considered the wind, sun, climate and terrain when locating his buildings to take advantage of the site’s assets while minimizing deleterious effects,” said Laura Blau - Peters’ granddaughter, and Robert Weingarten - the Westport Historical Society’s house historian, in their book “Frazier Foreman Peters: Westport’s Legacy in Stone.”
This distinctive Peters’ house has lots of character and charm. It sits on a level and sloping property of 0.77 of an acre in the Tokeneke section of town. It is a corner lot that shares one side with Arrowhead Way. The driveway of crushed stone lined in Belgium block has a considerable amount of parking space for guests and leads to the two-car attached, under house garage.
The front and side doors are arched and there are other unifying arches inside including the entryway and its French doors from the foyer to the living room and the opening of the fireplace’s firebox. The firebox opening is surrounded by fieldstones while the rest of the floor-to-ceiling chimney is stucco. Also found in the living room are a vaulted paneled ceiling, exposed beams, tiled French windowsills, built-in shelving - one of which has a folding desk top, and one cabinet has an old-fashioned built-in radio. French doors open to the flagstone patio where one can sit and enjoy views of the backyard including its many mature trees and attractive English gardens.
This 1,886-square-foot house has multiple levels. On the opposite side of the foyer step down into the dining room, which has one mirrored wall, a nearly floor-to-ceiling casement window, and built-in china cabinet and drawers. The kitchen and dining room are separated by a bi-fold Dutch door. Although the kitchen is small by today’s standards it is well designed for function and even has a breakfast bar that accommodates four stools. The kitchen has a ceramic tile floor and a Jenn-Air range.
There are separate wings for the master, children and guest bedrooms, and a built-in window seat in the stairwell along the way to these second floor spaces. The master bedroom has a wall of built-in drawers, clothes and storage closets, a full bath on its level with a floor and lower walls covered in rocks, and a walk-in closet.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: English Cotswold Tudor Stone Cottage
ADDRESS: 76 Locust Hill Road
FEATURES: adjacent to Tokeneke Association, short walk to Tokeneke Elementary School, 0.77-acre level and sloping property, corner lot, flagstone patio, two interior fireplaces, slate roof, attached under house two-car garage, ceiling fans, walking distance to Tokeneke Park and Long Island Sound, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 15.77 mills
Step down to a landing with a wall of built-in dresser drawers and closets, and two children’s bedrooms, one of which has exposed ceiling beams and a full bath. This bath also has a rock floor but white ceramic subway tiles on the lower walls. The fourth bedroom, on yet another level, has a Palladium window and wall of built-in lower cabinets.
Walk up a short ladder of three rungs to perhaps the most charming room of the whole house. It could be a fifth bedroom if necessary but it has flexible use as an office, art studio or reading room. It has a fireplace, built-in drawers and a pull-down desk top, wood paneled walls, under eaves closets and storage space.
This perfect year-round residents or weekend retreat is available for sale or for rent, furnished or unfurnished.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Cynthia Dul and Ruth Watson of Al Filippone Associates, William Raveis Real Estate, Dul at 524-2011 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Watson at 203-257-7625 or email@example.com.