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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 128 Beachside Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the houses at 126 and 128 Beachside Ave., Westport’s “Gold Coast,” is in process. The 1930s almost 10,000-square foot home at 128 Beachside (above) includes 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms and was built by H. Smith Richardson, a Richardson-Vicks pharmaceutical company scion. The Historic District Commission voted Tuesday night not to delay the demolition. The $20 million sale in October of three adjoining parcels on almost seven acres overlooking Long Island Sound was Westport’s second largest residential real estate transaction. (See WestportNow Oct. 30, 2010) The combined teardowns dwarf the 2005 teardown of a property at 100 Beachside Ave, that sold for $14.6 million which was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 29, 2005. At the time, that sale was Westport’s most expensive residential transaction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Posted 12/15/10 at 05:15 AM


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Any larger could qualify it as a hotel, really 10 bedrooms aren’t enough?

Knowing someone who house sits large homes, sometimes it can be exhausting to go from one side to another.

Posted by Mary A. West on December 15, 2010 at 05:35 PM | #

The historic commission voted not to delay? Not even to open a dialogue? Are there structural problems with the house, or is it just that the money outweighed any scruples regarding Westport’s historic homes? And what exactly is going up to replace the two homes? Perhaps the new owners plan a human-sized house, and open land - wouldn’t that be a fairy tale.

Posted by Tess Link on December 15, 2010 at 07:13 PM | #

You can’t even make this up. What’s the matter with the wonderful town I grew up in? The charm that made people want to move to Westport…it’s character is being torn down a little at a time.
Shame on the commission for not delaying this teardown.

Posted by Carol Davidson Woldt on December 15, 2010 at 07:22 PM | #

Maybe Elvis really hasn’t left the building - just moved here and bought this property!  Graceland II?

Posted by mary ruggiero on December 15, 2010 at 10:43 PM | #

this was my grandparents’ , wonderful old comfortable and elegant home enjoyed by several generations of our large family, amazing property most of it long ago chopped up and sold ..years of memories   ..what a shame someone couldn’t have bought the house w an interest in history and the foresight to at least incorporate part of the original house into the new withstood the devastating hurricaine of 1938-..but not this..

Posted by Patricia Agnew on December 17, 2010 at 07:48 PM | #

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