The location of the colonial house at 1 Chelsea Court in Westport makes it ideal for access to public amenities, retail shops and restaurants, transportation, entertainment and recreational facilities.

The five-bedroom house, which was built in 1960, has immediate proximity to Compo Road South via Park Lane.

That makes it within easy walking distance to downtown Westport and therefore to the library, town hall, the Westport Historical Society, Westport Country Playhouse, Winslow Park and any number of boutiques and other retail shops.

In the other direction, the house is only an easy bicycle ride to Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach.

Commuters take note as the house sits in a location that is about equidistant from the Merritt Parkway and I-95 and from the Saugatuck and Greens Farm Metro North train stations.

The beige, wood-shingle exterior of the house has white trim and dark green shutters.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial ADDRESS: 1 Chelsea Court PRICE: $845,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9 AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, easy walk to downtown Westport, easy bike ride to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, large wood deck, enclosed backyard, open floor plan, cook's kitchen, laundry room, three fireplaces, central air conditioning, attic fan, skylights, vaulted ceiling, freshly painted walls in some rooms, crown molding OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, two full and two half baths, two-car attached under house garage, basement crawl space, 0.42 acres level and sloping property, zoned oil heat, sewer system, city water, hardwood floors and wall-to-wall carpeting SCHOOL: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $780,000 TAX RATE: 17.430 mills TAXES: $9,517

The gabled roof house sits on a corner lot of 0.42 acres. The property has a combination of level and sloping areas. A portion of the yard is enclosed behind a natural wood fence, which has a gate.

On the rear of the house is a sizable wood deck that runs almost the entire length of the structure, the perfect spot for outdoor dining, entertaining or relaxing.

The paved driveway is lined in Belgian block and leads to the attached two-car garage which is topped with a sailboat weathervane, a nod to the water community of Westport. The front of the house is lined with rhododendron bushes.

Inside, there is 2,852 square feet of living space. It was originally built as a little colonial "that took on a whole new attitude with its new addition," the Realtor said. The addition doubled the square footage, adding the living and family rooms and two bedrooms above them.

This is a true center hall colonial. The front entrance leads into the foyer, which extends from the front door to the back of the house where there are sliding doors to the huge rear deck.

There are hardwood floors in many rooms. Others have wall-to-wall carpeting, and there are three fireplaces. The back-to-back living and family rooms share a double-sided fireplace.

The third one is in the second-floor master bedroom and that one has a polished marble hearth.

The large formal dining room has bead board on the lower walls and chair railing.

Pocket doors separate the dining room from the cook's kitchen, which has a ceramic tile floor, and an eat-in area.

From the kitchen there is access to the laundry room, a half bath -- one of two on the first floor which is a great feature for entertaining -- and the garage.

The garage has a pull-down ladder to a loft storage space.

On the second floor, the master bath has a skylight, walk-in shower and an over-sized square spa tub.

The master bedroom has a cathedral ceiling, skylight and the fireplace is flanked by his-and-hers walk-in closets.

There are four more bedrooms on this floor. The one that is the smaller of the five would be a great office.

There will be an open house on Sunday April 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Jeanette Dryburgh or Dryburgh Associates, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-246-1168 or email her at jeanette@ct-realestate.com, or visit her website at www.ct-realestate.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 1 Chelsea Court

PRICE: $845,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, easy walk to downtown Westport, easy bike ride to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, large wood deck, enclosed backyard, open floor plan, cook's kitchen, laundry room, three fireplaces, central air conditioning, attic fan, skylights, vaulted ceiling, freshly painted walls in some rooms, crown molding

OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, two full and two half baths, two-car attached under house garage, basement crawl space, 0.42 acres level and sloping property, zoned oil heat, sewer system, city water, hardwood floors and wall-to-wall carpeting

SCHOOL: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $780,000

TAX RATE: 17.430 mills

TAXES: $9,517