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Friday, December 15 Real Estate

Cube-shaped home, once controversial, is now celebrated

WESTPORT — When the house at 206 Hillspoint Road in Westport was built in 1999, few people wanted it there.

Nearly two decades later, when its owner and designer was ready to move out, it lasted barely a day on the market before someone snatched it up.

“We had so much interest in the house that it was amazing,” said listing agent Kate Cacciatore, a realtor with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s Southport office. “It was really a testament to how far ahead of its time this place was. This house was very controversial when it was put up and when it was constructed and a lot of people came to it say, “I remember when this went up and it was raising hell.’ And now everyone was coming to buy it.”

Because the sale has not officially closed, Cacciatore couldn’t disclose the final sale price, but it was listed for $1.65 million. The buyer is local, she said.

When the 2,700-square-foot-house was constructed, neighbors found the modern, boxy construction off-putting. They were unimpressed by the rooftop deck designed to take full advantage of the views of Long Island Sound, and the industrial style found in many of today’s homes wasn’t even close to in-vogue at the time.

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The house was built, designed and decorated by architect Ken Kraus and his wife, designer Anna D’Onofrio. The pair declined to comment on the home, but Cacciatore called them visionaries for being so ahead of their time in designing the house.

“It’s really a great lifestyle, close to town, close to all the restaurants, close to Levitt Pavilion and Compo Beach is a really hot area right now,” Cacciatore said. “They created this house to have a lot of fun, and he used very unique materials.”

The industrial wire railing on the roof deck and indoor stairs, for example, is common in modern construction, but was virtually unheard of before the turn of the century.

“Nobody was doing it back then and now everybody is doing it,” Cacciatore said.

The house is four levels with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The open floor plan is designed for entertaining, and the 1,000-square-foot roof deck with plunge pool is perhaps the most defining feature. Because Kraus and D’Onofrio are both artists, the home is also designed to showcase large works, which the pair filled the home with.

Cacciatore said all of the art inside and outside of the home was for sale as well, and she is unsure if the current owner purchased any of it, but said much of the original work is still available for purchase.

“The home is set up perfectly to capture these incredible views of Long Island Sound, all of the living areas have incredible views, especially the deck where they have this really cool plunge pool so you can relax as you’re checking out the views,” Cacciatore said. “They were very forward thinking and ahead of their time.”

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Because the design of the house is particularly popular right now, Cacciatore said there was even more interest in the house than she expected. She assumed it would be popular, but receiving multiple offers on the first day was confirmation the house was simply built in the wrong decade.

“Now it looks like a really cool Mediterranean villa,” Cacciatore said. “It’s a very attractive home. The response has been totally overwhelming. I wish I had this much interest in all of my listings. It resonates with people. It’s a fun house that mirrors the fun lifestyle that people are looking for. And it’s in a great location for what it is. People look to Compo Beach for the whole lifestyle.”

KKrasselt@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt

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