WESTPORT, Conn. -- One of Westport’s longest-standing town jewels recently hit the real estate market. Realtor Darcy Sledge of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties in Westport believes the right buyer will enjoy the historic gem.
"It is in the heart of downtown Westport,’’ said Sledge, who is offering the listing at 99 Myrtle Avenue for $589,000. The home has three bedrooms, one bath and 1,209 square feet. “There is something happening virtually all year round in our vibrant downtown area, from craft fairs to exhibits, sidewalk sales, concerts, plays, lectures, and more. Not to mention the shops and restaurants, banks, gift stores, library, historical society and the Levitt pavilion, all just a stroll away.”
The home also has a unique history. A Colonial, it was built in 1921 by one of Westport's premier architects , Charles E Cutler, for his wife's cousin, Emily Rose Mclaury. The town purchased the home in 1972, and had it fully restored by a team of dedicated architects, historians, designers and preservationists in 2007. The goal was to maintain the home's original elements while adding conveniences for modern living.
“The town did everything beautifully, from pipes to electric, copper gutters, new cedar roof, chimney work and new kitchen and bath,’’ Sledge said.
The home, which is listed on the State Register of Historic Places, sits on .21 acres and even has central air.
The town had been renting the home, but the tenant is seeking to relocate so it was decided in early July that the property would be sold, and the town reached an agreement with Berkshire Hathaway to market the home.
Sledge, like many Westport residents, believes preserving the home also preserves a piece of Westport’s history. “Maintaining its historical heritage is very important to Westport , especially in light of the many tear downs being done every year,’’ Sledge said. “For that reason, the town obtained historical designation so it is now on the Register of Historic Places. The committee of specialists worked in this house for many years during the restoration and renovation, so many town people are fully invested in it. They want to pass this house on to a buyer who appreciates the value of antique homes, the historical significance, and who wants to have a piece of our heritage, all their own.”
The home’s history, location and considerable renovations -- and a reasonable price point for Westport -- will make it highly coveted for the right person or family.
"With so many locals invested in its preservation, a potential buyer needs to know he or she is being handed a local treasure,’’ Sledge said. “It's not perfect, but it's a jewel, wonderful and unique. I think the town feels a little bit like the father giving away his daughter in marriage. The groom better care for her, and treat her right."