New England is dotted with vintage barns, some of which are reclaimed and renovated into living spaces. These converted barns are visible throughout the northeast landscape, including many examples in Fairfield County.

But few people, no matter how far they travel down remote country roads, would expect to see two converted barns as part of the same residence unless they happen upon the unique Colonial house at 292 North Ave. in the Coleytown section of Westport.

The house is anchored by two vintage barns, one at either end of the house, and both barns are part of local history. At one end is the original Snowflake Lane Barn, which was moved from its original location two blocks away to this property. It contains the home's extra-large family room.

At the other end is the original Fraser Barn, which dates back to the 1800s. It comprises the guest or au pair suite with a fireplace on the main floor, and other rooms on other floors. There is a flexibility in the use of this barn. It could also serve as a home office or a pool house.

The house itself was built in 1923 on a two-acre private, level property -- a corner lot, which contains everything a family could possibly want or need, especially for the sports-loving family. Boredom will never find the family that resides here. The property has an all-weather tennis court that doubles as an outdoor basketball court, a large shed that houses a half-court basketball court, and there is also a Gunite in-ground swimming pool.

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TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial and converted barns ADDRESS: 292 North Ave., Westport PRICE: $4,795,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13 AMENITIES: two converted barns, indoor half-court basketball court, all-weather tennis court, greenhouse, Gunite in-ground pool, gym with rubberized floor, exposed cedar beams in almost every room, two-story gazebo, balcony, two guest or au pair suites, extra-large family room, updated commercial grade kitchen, two-acre level property, water community, beach rights, antique wide plank oak floors, over-sized bluestone patio terrace, built-in outdoor grilling area, skylights, long covered front porch, central air conditioning, fieldstone walls, four fireplaces, vaulted ceiling, enclosed backyard OTHER INFORMATION: seven bedrooms, five full and three half baths, two-car attached under house garage, full finished walk-out basement, laundry room, oversized mudroom, French doors, build-in bookshelves, lots of storage, zoned hot air oil heat, septic system, well water SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $1,998,800 TAX RATE: 17.43 mills TAXES: $34,839

Gardeners will appreciate the greenhouse and the grounds, which includes a terraced bluestone patio with a built-in grilling area.

The house and its two barns comprise 8,800 square feet of living space.

A portion of the Fraser Barn also houses the two-car garage but as one drives through the fieldstone columns onto the property, they would be hard-pressed to find a garage at all. It is well-disguised, its doors blending seamlessly into the barn siding.

There is a covered porch that runs along the front of the house from one barn to the other. Inside, there is an over-sized mudroom off the foyer. The updated gourmet kitchen has antiqued cabinets, commercial grade appliances and a massive wood center island.

The extra-large family room has a tall cathedral ceiling, and it could double as a ballroom or a place to host barn dances. It has an over-sized, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The formal dining room has a rustic European charm. It has a fireplace with an exposed beam mantle.

On the second floor, the master bedroom features a fireplace, full bath, large walk-in closet, over-sized office, gym and an additional half bath. There are four more bedrooms, two more full baths and a laundry room on the upper levels.

A seventh bedroom is on the lower level under the Snowflake Lane Barn.

This is the second guest, au pair or in-law suite. This area also has a play room, sitting room, full bath and lots of storage.

From the second floor, there is access to a two-story gazebo-like structure, which serves as a balcony. On the first-floor level, the gazebo houses a hot tub, which is within feet of the swimming pool.

Although the house sits on North Avenue, it is really on a corner lot bordering Fraser Road so children could play on that quiet cul de sac.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Linda Skolnick of Prudential Connecticut Realty at 203-246-0088 or email her at Linda@GoAskLinda.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial and converted barns

ADDRESS: 292 North Ave., Westport

PRICE: $4,795,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13

AMENITIES: two converted barns, indoor half-court basketball court, all-weather tennis court, greenhouse, Gunite in-ground pool, gym with rubberized floor, exposed cedar beams in almost every room, two-story gazebo, balcony, two guest or au pair suites, extra-large family room, updated commercial grade kitchen, two-acre level property, water community, beach rights, antique wide plank oak floors, over-sized bluestone patio terrace, built-in outdoor grilling area, skylights, long covered front porch, central air conditioning, fieldstone walls, four fireplaces, vaulted ceiling, enclosed backyard

OTHER INFORMATION: seven bedrooms, five full and three half baths, two-car attached under house garage, full finished walk-out basement, laundry room, oversized mudroom, French doors, build-in bookshelves, lots of storage, zoned hot air oil heat, septic system, well water

SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,998,800

TAX RATE: 17.43 mills

TAXES: $34,839