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One of the prettiest products of the 3-R process stands in the very heart of Rowayton, where the main street, Rowayton Avenue, runs along the town's harbor and piers. At one time, the circa-1846 Winthrop House was a fashionable seaside hotel, beloved for its sweeping porches and Italianate styling. However, the once-grand inn came to be known as Heartbreak Hotel, a haven for husbands tossed from their homes after marital spats. (Or so the story goes.) Predictably, the place was poorly maintained and sprouted a squat, pink-stucco annex over the years.
Enter Andy Glazer, who rescues eyesores by infusing them with new life. His new, four-unit condominium complex, also called Winthrop House, looks architecturally identical to the sepia-toned photos of its ancestor. To pull off this feat, Glazer had to move the structure, dig a new foundation, move it back into place and gut the interiors.
Unfazed, Glazer decided to build three-story vertical (rather than stacked) housing units, thus eliminating both the hazards of public hallways and stairwells and the pounding reminders that someone is living upstairs. Each 3,000-square-foot condo features a private elevator starting in the underground garage, as well as a private entrance off the renovated wraparound porch. Inspired by Manhattan loft spaces, the main floors are open plans, with the stylish Christopher Peacock kitchen opening onto the dining and living space. The master suite consumes the entire second floor, with the two additional bedrooms on the third floor. One front unit has sold and two additional units are now on the market for $2.6 million each. Russell Ashcroft of Kelly Associates Real Estate in Darien is the listing broker (203-621-0971).