Welcome to Barnbell/Goodsell Barn, a homestead connected to Westport’s past. You can be part of this charming home’s history, lineage and international appeal.
This well-appointed home gets its name from the barn’s original bell which was used to call the cattle home. Originally the bell was on the exterior of the barn; that wall became part of the interior during the atrium-style kitchen addition, where the bell remains proudly displayed as a reminder of the home’s history.
The home was first built as a barn as part of a working farm in the 1700’s; the house next door, at 169 Sturges, was the farmhouse for the property. The barn was carefully converted into a primary residence in the 1920’s when it was owned by two nieces of Thomas Alva Edison. Their vision included an open concept living room/dining room/foyer. The author Jack Schaefer wrote the famous 1949 Western novel “Shane” (the basis for the 1953 film of the same name) while residing in the house. The home was cleverly renovated in the 1970’s to include a vibrant, light-filled kitchen. Further modern updates followed, including large garage and patio spaces, and a spacious covered three-season porch.
The past is connected to the present through the historic details that have been preserved and redesigned and incorporated. Hand-hewn beams used during the original construction and woodwork are throughout the home, giving it a solid, substantial quality. Leaded windows and open spaces help connect the living areas to the outdoors. A fireplace on each floor further enhances the historic and welcoming feeling.
4 bedrooms, including a master that has an en suite including a fireplace. Situated on just over 3 low-maintenance acres, including woods for privacy.
Now shown in a modern light by the mix of past and present, thanks to exclusive staging by Ethan Allen.