A view of the Saugatuck River and downtown Westport from the third floor of the Bankside House development on Wilton Road. / Photo by Thane Grauel
A view of the Saugatuck River and downtown Westport from the second floor of the Bankside House development on Wilton Road. / Photo by Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — What might be the town’s priciest condo complex gave people a sneak peek of its progress Thursday afternoon.

Bankside House, a 12-unit development nearing completion on the west bank of the Saugatuck River, offers units from $2.6 million and north.

Cranes and other heavy machinery surrounded the structures, and construction dust powdered the staircase handrails (elevators not yet in service).

Margaritas and a build-your-own taco station had a hard time competing with the views from the nearly completed Bankside House development on Wilton Road. / Photo by Thane Grauel
Margaritas and a build-your-own taco station had a hard time competing with the views from the nearly completed Bankside House development on Wilton Road. / Photo by Thane Grauel

On the second floor, people sipping margaritas and snacking on tacos mingled, most standing on subflooring, some parking their bottoms on a flat of plaster board, at the open house.

Rafters, studs and all kinds of utilities roughed in were visible.

The food was very good, but the view was clearly the main attraction.

A view of the Saugatuck River, and downtown beyond, from the fourth floor of the Bankside House development on Wilton Road. / Photo by Thane Grauel
A view of the Saugatuck River, and downtown beyond, from the fourth floor of the Bankside House development on Wilton Road. / Photo by Thane Grauel

“Just wait till sunset,” one woman said as a group gazed out the floor-to-ceiling windows.

A floor above, units closer were closer to completion.

Construction nearly done, KMS Team at Compass gave a sneak peak of the Bankside House development Thursday on Wilton Road. / Photo by Thane Grauel
Construction nearly done, KMS Team at Compass gave a sneak peak of the Bankside House development Thursday on Wilton Road. / Photo by Thane Grauel

Under the town’s affordable housing guidelines, Bankside will provide affordable housing, equivalent to 20 percent of the Wilton Road development, offsite, at 44 Church Lane.

Thane Grauel, executive editor, grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond more than three decades. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.