Be the envy of almost everyone in town with the purchase of the property at 19 Bluewater Hill in Westport; which features peace, privacy and panoramic views.

The house sits in the Compo Beach area at the highest point in Westport. According to the promotional material, this property sits on the highest point along the coast between Westport and New York City.

The property value lies primarily in the unsurpassed, protected water views of at least 120 degrees which includes Mill Pond, Old Mill Beach, Sherwood Island, Sherwood Island Point, Cockenoe and Norwalk islands, Compo Cove and Long Island Sound.

One person said lounging on the patio reminds her of a villa in St. Barts or a hillside homestead in the Mediterranean.

This property provides for a rare, relaxed lifestyle in Westport, while still being convenient to local amenities.

It is within walking distance to Old Mill Beach and Compo Beach, as well as the Bluewater Hill neighborhood association beach which has a kayak launch, kayak racks and two new tennis courts, and it is just minutes from the Saugatuck train station and downtown.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE: Contemporary ranch ADDRESS: 19 Bluewater Hill, Westport PRICE: $4,599,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9 AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, water views from almost every room, easy walking distance to Mill Cove Beach, proximity to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, panoramic view of Long Island Sound, private beach with kayak rack and tennis courts, no deed restrictions, retro kidney-shaped in-ground swimming pool, terraced bluestone patio, one-acre property, two fireplaces, security system, wet bar, skylights, vaulted ceilings, breakfast nook, zoned central air, located on a coveted private cul-de-sac, privacy fencing and shrubbery, renovated in 2002, hardwood floors throughout the house OTHER INFORMATION: three bedrooms, three full baths, attached two-car garage, zoned baseboard natural gas heat, basement crawl space, attic, sewer system, city water, mudroom, hardwood floors throughout, Bluewater Hill Association fee SCHOOL: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $2,743,600 TAX RATE: 17.430 TAXES: $47,821

Its next owner has the opportunity to keep the contemporary ranch-style house in its current form or alter it to create a dream estate with maximum development potential of three stories or construction going 40 feet up.

That height would give the owner a 180-degree view or more. And since all the neighboring houses are below this one and all of those houses are built to their deeded maximum, no one can obstruct that view.

In fact, all the neighboring shrubbery must be maintained at a specific height to protect that view, according to the realtor. That means future owners will have a "forever view" from the house and from the terraced bluestone patio from which to watch sailboats, sunrises and sunsets.

The other option would be to tear down the existing house and build a new one. The existing structure was built in 1948 and it was renovated in 2002.

It has 3,066 square feet of living space all on one level. There are water views from almost every one of the nine rooms.

This is a great entertaining home with an open living room and dining room. There are sliders to the bluestone patio looking out onto the in-ground pool and landscaped yard. Doing dishes is not drudgery in this house because the sink is along the exterior wall which includes the stellar water views.

The kitchen also has a six-burner Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, a hardwood floor and lightly-polished granite counters that have a beach-like feel.

Off the kitchen is a mudroom with a slate floor. This wing of the house also includes the family room with a door to the patio, a laundry room and an office with a large red brick fireplace. The living room also features a fireplace.

In the office there are two sets of sliding doors that lead to a private bluestone terrace with rock walls.

The grounds have a number of mature trees, hydrangeas and rose bushes.

There is a modest annual association fee which covers the maintenance of the road, including snow plowing, and of the private beach and tennis courts.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Edie Anderson of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-858-4668 or email her at andersonedie@raveisre.com. Visit her website at www.EdieAnderson.raveis.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Contemporary ranch

ADDRESS: 19 Bluewater Hill, Westport

PRICE: $4,599,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, water views from almost every room, easy walking distance to Mill Cove Beach, proximity to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, panoramic view of Long Island Sound, private beach with kayak rack and tennis courts, no deed restrictions, retro kidney-shaped in-ground swimming pool, terraced bluestone patio, one-acre property, two fireplaces, security system, wet bar, skylights, vaulted ceilings, breakfast nook, zoned central air, located on a coveted private cul-de-sac, privacy fencing and shrubbery, renovated in 2002, hardwood floors throughout the house

OTHER INFORMATION: three bedrooms, three full baths, attached two-car garage, zoned baseboard natural gas heat, basement crawl space, attic, sewer system, city water, mudroom, hardwood floors throughout, Bluewater Hill Association fee

SCHOOL: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $2,743,600

TAX RATE: 17.430

TAXES: $47,821