A stately house that was built for a notable local sea captain in the 18th century has undergone several renovations in the last 222 years creating a "modern" antique Colonial home suitable for a contemporary family.

The original John Hull House was built in 1790 in what is now the Hunt Club section of Westport. The nine-room house sits on a two-acre park-like property at 77 Sturges Highway, and it is not only tied to one of Fairfield's prominent early families, it also has connections to equestrian history, too.

The original property, which was considerably larger at one time, was one of the first country estates on Sturges Highway and it was the site of many equestrian events. Olympic-quality horses were once trained on the property.

Today, instead of horses there are numerous flowers and mature specimen trees, some of them more than 100 years old. The property resembles a botanical garden. There is also a large, enclosed vegetable garden with a unique feature. The property has both well and city water, and the current owners have an exterior irrigation system for that enclosed garden that uses well water. The in-ground pool is also filled from the well water.

Both the front and rear yards have bluestone patios. The backyard patio is rather large, a perfect spot for everyday relaxation or occasional entertaining. There are also stone walls and a bluestone wraparound porch.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Antique Colonial ADDRESS: 77 Sturges Highway, Westport PRICE: $1,850,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9 AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, two-acre park-like level property, house renovated in 2010, in-ground swimming pool with new filtration system, gourmet kitchen, butler's pantry, two fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout, wood roof, large bluestone front and rear patios, exposed beams, proximity to Westport Hunt Club, enclosed vegetable garden, mature specimen trees, exterior irrigation system, high ceilings, new heating, plumbing and air conditioning, front and rear staircases, stone walls OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, newly renovated two-car detached garage, partial unfinished basement, full attic, hot air zoned oil heat, laundry room, zoned central air conditioning, storage shed, septic system, well and city water SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $1,032,800 TAX RATE: 17.43 mills TAXES: $18,002

The oldest part of the house dates back to 1790 and it was expanded sometime between 1810 and 1820. It was further expanded around 1850. The house remained in the Hull family for almost 100 years, being sold for the first time in 1883.

Subsequent owners added updates of their own in the early 1900s and more significantly in 1965 when the house was rewired and re-plumbed, and the family room was added and the kitchen expanded. The most recent renovations occurred just a year ago.

The 3,694-square-foot house has a larger-than-usual front entrance foyer, considering the age of the house. The front door, which was relocated during one of the renovations, is flanked by sidelights. For a home of its age, it has uncharacteristically high ceilings and ample windows that bring in lots of natural light.

It has two fireplaces, including an original fireplace featuring a cooking rack and stone hearth in the parlor or formal living room. The other fireplace in the formal dining room is made out of fieldstones that were collected from the property.

While there is a contemporary flow to the house, the rooms' doors can be closed off to allow for privacy; one of the many examples of the integration of old and new. The house contains some of the original hardwood floors and windows, which had a wavy or bubbled appearance.

One nod to modern living is apparent in the downstairs half bathroom, which has a heated floor. The gourmet kitchen has a large eat-in area, a long wood center island, six-burner Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking double ovens and an Asko dishwasher. The butler's pantry has a wet bar, mini beverage refrigerator and built-in cabinetry.

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms including a master suite with his and hers closets and a master bath with a soaking tub, wood floor and marble counters.

The basement is unfinished but it has heat and air conditioning, and it is completely dry.

There will be an open house on Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house call Judy Michaelis of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-247-0000, or email her at judym@optonline.net.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Antique Colonial

ADDRESS: 77 Sturges Highway, Westport

PRICE: $1,850,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, two-acre park-like level property, house renovated in 2010, in-ground swimming pool with new filtration system, gourmet kitchen, butler's pantry, two fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout, wood roof, large bluestone front and rear patios, exposed beams, proximity to Westport Hunt Club, enclosed vegetable garden, mature specimen trees, exterior irrigation system, high ceilings, new heating, plumbing and air conditioning, front and rear staircases, stone walls

OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, newly renovated two-car detached garage, partial unfinished basement, full attic, hot air zoned oil heat, laundry room, zoned central air conditioning, storage shed, septic system, well and city water

SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,032,800

TAX RATE: 17.43 mills

TAXES: $18,002