Those unfamiliar with Rayfield Road in Westport might drive right by it. The road sits between two lots of the Volvo dealership in a section of Route 1, Post Road, brimming with retail stores and other businesses.

Some motorists turning into the street may think that they are actually turning into the dealership.

It's well worth the temporary confusion to get to the conventional country-style house at 35 Rayfield Road near the end of the long private road which is a cul-de-sac.

The 2,075-square-foot house is ideal for empty nesters or first-time home buyers. It is hidden behind a scrim of shrubbery on a corner lot as the road curves at a nearly 90-degree angle there.

The hint that there is a home behind the greenery comes in the form of two side-by-side mailboxes located in a hollow of the shrubs; one for the main house and one for its legal rental cottage, which brings in an estimated $1,500 per month.

This is a private setting on a private road, and yet it is not far from downtown Westport, and it's convenient to a grocery store and other retail shops, including a new home and garden center on the Post Road directly across the street from Rayfield Road. That will be helpful for the new owner or owners if they want to maintain the attractive gardens on the grounds.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Conventional Country-Style ADDRESS: 35 Rayfield Road, Westport PRICE: $864,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7 AMENITIES: Water community, beach rights, income-producing legal rental cottage, private road, cul-de-sac, 0.59-acre corner lot, convenient to amenities including retail shops and grocery markets, balcony, sunroom, patio, screened-in porch, one fireplace, central air conditioning, conveniently located only minutes from Greens Farms and Saugatuck train stations and beaches, security system, some window treatments, laundry room, skylights, vaulted ceilings OTHER INFORMATION: Three bedrooms, two full and one half baths, two-car attached under house garage, full finished walk-out basement, 0.59 acres level property, forced hot air oil heat, sewer system, city water, hardwood floors, storm windows and doors, attic, annual association fee SCHOOL: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $596,600 TAX RATE: 17.430 mills TAXES: $10,399

There is an annual association fee for residents of Rayfield Road, which covers snowplowing and road maintenance. Neighbors get together once a year to walk the length of the road, examining it for potholes or other issues that might need repair. There is a real sense of community, according to local residents.

Built in 1933, the main house features a family room/sunroom and a screened porch on the back side of the house that give the impression of sitting in a tree house.

Three skylights on the roof of the screened porch and a wall of windows bring in an abundance of natural light. For those times when it may be too much light, there are window blinds.

The rustic living room has a cathedral ceiling, dark wood exposed beams, built-in bookshelves and a brick fireplace. A loft space looks over the living room from the second floor.

There are hardwood floors throughout, including in the kitchen, which also features granite counters, an eat-in area and a DCS range. The porch can be accessed via sliding doors from the kitchen. From there, stairs lead outside to the backyard and a slate patio with a grill area.

Off the kitchen there is an office with a closet and a half bath, so it could serve as a guest room. The remaining three bedrooms are on levels above and below the main floor.

The master bedroom suite is on the second floor all by itself, providing ample privacy.

Two more bedrooms, which have a Jack and Jill bath, are on the lower level and both have built-in bookshelves.

This finished, lower-level walk-out also has a laundry room and access to the two-car attached, under-house garage.

Behind the main house a long slate path leads to the 484-square-foot insulated cottage, which was remodeled in 2005.

It has one bedroom, a full bath with glass mosaic tiles, kitchen, a loft with a ladder, laundry closet, and a private patio at the back of the cottage, shielding it from the main house. An old stone well behind the cottage is now used as a giant flower planter.

There will be an open house on Sunday, June 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house call Jo Ann Miller of the Riverside Realty Group at 203-216-1032.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Conventional Country-Style

ADDRESS: 35 Rayfield Road, Westport

PRICE: $864,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, income-producing legal rental cottage, private road, cul-de-sac, 0.59-acre corner lot, convenient to amenities including retail shops and grocery markets, balcony, sunroom, patio, screened-in porch, one fireplace, central air conditioning, conveniently located only minutes from Greens Farms and Saugatuck train stations and beaches, security system, some window treatments, laundry room, skylights, vaulted ceilings

OTHER INFORMATION: three bedrooms, two full and one half baths, two-car attached under house garage, full finished walk-out basement, 0.59 acres level property, forced hot air oil heat, sewer system, city water, hardwood floors, storm windows and doors, attic, annual association fee

SCHOOL: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $596,600

TAX RATE: 17.430 mills

TAXES: $10,399