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April 2007


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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Sophistication, On Spec
We've reported on a trend toward super-stylish spec homes that come fully loaded with every possible high-end amenity, seemingly purpose-built to lure the family moving from city to suburb who doesn't want to take on a "project" (also known as a gut-reno of every room). A Westport home that popped onto the market during the first week of March is one of the best of this bunch. Interior designer and owner Lauren Kaplan built the 6,100-square-foot Bayberry Lane Colonial to look traditional on the outside but swank on the inside. The kitchen, for instance, features cherry cabinetry; black marble countertops; brick-shaped, seafoam green glass tiles for the backsplash; frosted glass; matte nickel door handles; wide, white-oak floorboards and an open floor plan that flows to the adjacent family and dining rooms. Throughout, Kaplan steered clear of conventional (and cost-cutting) choices in favor of hefty doors, matte marble surfaces and glossy black woodwork. Best of all is the spa in the master suite with its handy wet bar and fridge, floating soaking tub and marble-tiled steam shower. (Ahhhh.) The home, which includes five bedrooms and five bathrooms, is listed for $2.95 million with Jillian Klaff of William Raveis in Westport (203-227-4343).

Inn Style
For nearly two centuries, an imposing, circa-1830 Greek Revival hotel has dominated Main Street in Salisbury. After it fell on hard times as an inn, Pete Hathaway, who ran the French and Continental furniture department of Sotheby's, "restored" it, although that word falls short of what he achieved.

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