FOR A VIEW AS SPECTACULAR AS THAT FROM JIM AND CAROL
DOUSEVICZ’S DOWNTOWN BURLINGTON CONDOMINIUM, YOU’D
USUALLY HAVE TO HIKE A MOUNTAIN — OR HIRE A HELICOPTER.
Occupying 2,300 square feet on the ninth, and highest, floor
of The Westlake Residences, their three-bedroom penthouse offers
a 270-degree view of Lake Champlain, the distant Adirondack
Mountains of New York, and the marinas and parks of the busy
Burlington, Vermont, waterfront.
“Our guests get about 20 feet into the apartment, and then we hear
the big ‘Wow,’” says Carol of the moment the lake view unfolds. “After
they get over that, the most common description we hear is ‘comfort-
able.’” The decor is an eclectic mix of unpretentious antiques, muted
colors, and contemporary touches that cogently realize Carol’s vision
of “a vintage New York City apartment that had been successfully ren-
ovated.” At their first meeting, she presented architect Paul Robert
Rousselle with a binder stuffed with notes, brochures, and magazine
photos. “That binder should be a collector’s item,” says Rousselle, who
started his solo practice, Paul Robert Rousselle Architect, in Stowe,
Vermont, in 2005 and designed the 2011 HGTV “Dream Home” there.
“It contained a lot of cool images and eclectic notions and they all rein-
forced her idea of a Manhattan brownstone.”
Rousselle started with a metaphorical blank slate as the building
was still under construction — a high-profile project (on one of the
last available lakefront lots in downtown Burlington) by Dousevicz
Inc., the real estate, development, and construction firm that Jim and
Carol founded in 1990.