Roundup: 233 Hillspoint, “Guys & Dolls” Drama, Post-Election Coffee …

For a few years now, 233 Hillspoint Road has sat half-finished. Swaddled in blue, with a chain link fence and weeds, it demolishes the beauty of the Old Mill neighborhood.

But one day, it will look like this:

And — from the beach — like this:

The property is listed for sale.

What would you get for $7.9 million? (Or $4.9 million, unfinished?)

The listing says:

233 Hillspoint Rd. is an exciting, sleek and sophisticated new construction waterfront home. A truly open floor plan that is drenched in sunlight through walls of glass that frame the water from every room. This stunning, beautifully designed, four bedroom all ensuite home, will be finished with high-end, understated elegance by noted architect, Lucien Vita.

The primary suite, with a true cathedral ceiling and private balcony, is next-level. The roof-top deck is beyond cool. Soak up the sun and fresh air while entertaining and watching the fireworks and sailboats on the horizon. Walk barefoot on the champagne sands, through the-beach level covered terrace to your personal elevator that will whisk you from the garage to where your life is lived with clarity, at a pace dictated by nature, the sun, the tides and the rhythm of the waves.

Only a handful of Westport homes have this incredible, panoramic view with a sandy beach. You’re home. And your home is on the beach with crazy gorgeous views.

Click here to see more (and make an offer).


David Roth and Kerry Long — co-directors of Staples Players — missed the opening night of “Guys and Dolls” in 2009. Kerry gave birth to their daughter Lucy, just 17 minutes before the curtain rose.

Henry Carson missed opening night of the same show on Friday. His absence was at least as significant.

The senior plays Nathan Detroit. But he caught the flu, and — with very little warning — his understudy had to go on.

His freshman understudy.

Will McCrea stepped up big time. He delivered an almost flawless performance, earning a huge hand from the sellout crowd.

That may not have been surprising. Will is Jack Lemmon’s grandson.

Will McCrea as Nathan Detroit, and Jackie Peterson as Adelaide. (Photo/Kerry Long)

The rest of the cast came through too — big time as well. The acting, singing, dancing, sets, lighting and pit make this one of Players’ best shows ever. And that’s saying something.

On Saturday, 2 more actors fell ill. Freshman Graham Griffin took over as Big Jule from senior Charles Watson. Junior Finley  Chevrier went on too.

Both Will and Graham’s Players debuts were impressive. Of course, they’ve been trained well: They shared the role of Daddy Warbucks in last year’s Bedford Middle School production of “Annie.”

Graham Griffin as Big Jule. (Photo/Kerry Long)

“Guys and Dolls” continues this weekend, with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (November 18 and 19), and a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. Click here for tickets, and more information.


The League of Women Voters of Westport invites voters (and everyone else) to a “Post-Election Coffee.” It’s Wednesday (November 16, 10 a.m., VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399, 465 Riverside Avenue).

Westport’s registrars of voters Deborah Greenberg and Maria Signore will discuss the election, and what happens now the Connecticut’s early ballot initiative has passed.


Caroline Hendley and her husband rode to Saugatuck Shores this weekend.

She sent this image for “Westport … Naturally.” Check out the Buddha on the far right. Caroline thought that its head, resting on a dock, suggests that it can calm the waters.

(Photo/Caroline Hendley)


And finally … Jeff Cook, a founding member of Alabama, died last week in Florida. He was 73, and suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

The band had 32 #1 country hits between 1980 and ’93. Several crossed over to the pop charts. Click here for a full obituary.

(Alabama is great. But Westport is better. Please click here to support “06880” — your hyper-local blog.)

8 responses to “Roundup: 233 Hillspoint, “Guys & Dolls” Drama, Post-Election Coffee …

  1. Clark Thiemann

    Will McCrea was fantastic as Nathan Detroit. The fact he still needs a ride home after the show for at least another year makes the entire thing even more amazing. Congrats to him and the entire cast and crew. The show was great yesterday. And break a leg (but don’t get the flu) to next week’s cast!

    • The house that stands there is fully in the responsibility of those who fought to have Positano’s shut down. They claimed it ruined their view (despite the building predating them by decades,) and the traffic creating noise and quality of life issues, all of which is farcical. The volume of visitors that anything but private ownership brings will still having them gnash their teeth, and now they get the view that none of us deserved. The new owners will be rich and mostly absent, and won’t be disturbed about anyone seeing glimpses of them on occasion, while those of us who live her full time and enjoy life in the water will see this for at least 20 years.
      Truly, thank you for this gift, you blessed us all. 🙄 Hope it was worth it.

  2. Our kids have long since graduated from SHS but we try not to miss the Staples Players’ productions – they are a true gem of Westport. The staging, costumes, music and acting are all first rate… Will McCrea looked like a seasoned pro up there. And Sebastian Gikas’s lead on Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat brought the house down. Congrats to cast, crew, musicians and all who worked so hard to deliver such a professional production.

  3. Will’s grandfather on his paternal side was (I believe) Joel McCrea. So, like his grandfathers, perhaps a long and successful acting career is in Will’s future. Wish I could see this show.

  4. Valerie Ann Leff

    No matter what they do, the house on Hillspoint is a monstrosity. Too big, no porches, no charm, a monolith. If I were wealthier, I’d buy it as is, tear it to the ground, and build a cottage with sea roses and lavender outside.

  5. The town blew it on this one. If the restaurant building truly had to go then the town should have bought the property, razed the building, planted some sea grass and put down a of couple of benches….

  6. That’s a lot of windows right on a public beach. For that kind of money I would want to buy a bit of privacy.

  7. What an insult to the surrounding houses, the town, the architectual profession and the real estate market in general is that overpriced piece of shit at 233 Hillspoint rd.; and what total misfeasance on the part of the all those who participated in the permitting process. Shame on us!