As the real estate market continues to sizzle, Seth Schachter sends a couple of reminders that Westport has long been a favored destination.
And that realtors have long used lots of prose to sell homes.
The September 1925 edition of “Country Life” noted that “Amid century old trees … there is an old Colonial home available to him who seeks the peace and seclusion of the old order, together with the improvements of the present day.”
The 9-room, 2-bath (!) house featured old-fashioned fireplaces. However, it was also “equipped with electricity.”
The property included a large barn, old smokehouse and trout stream. Plus, of course, 49 acres of woodland and open fields.
All yours, for just $27,500.
Much has changed in the past 96 years. For example, Westport is now further from Grand Central than 75 minutes.
A second ad, also from “Country Life,” highlighted a “Charming Island Estate in the exclusive residence colony at Green’s Farms, Connecticut.”
The 35-acre waterfront property boasted 2 houses, “large stone garage with housekeeping apartments for chauffeur and gardener,” a stable, large poultry plant, piggery, well-stocked aviary, greenhouse and boathouse; beautiful sunken garden, extensive vegetable garden, and broad, sweeping lawns, meadows and wooded land.
The main house, with 6 mater bedrooms, had 4 servants’ rooms (in a separate wing). The smaller included 3 master sleeping rooms, plus double maids’ rooms.
The clincher: “Owner wiling to divide if required.’