The 2-year-old custom Colonial house on a private cul-de-sac at 29 Manitou Road is difficult to find for those unfamiliar with its off-the-beaten track part of the Compo Beach neighborhood, but it’s definitely worth the effort to become acquainted with its casual elegance and strikingly unusual details.

Where many houses of today’s vintage houses have bluestone patios, this 7,267-square-foot house has a Chinese granite patio and decking around the heated, Gunite in-ground swimming pool and spa. Inside, while many recently built houses feature a billiards room in the basement, this house has one on the main living level between the formal living and family rooms.

This room is a work of art. The walls are covered in Navy blue Phillip Jeffries Lacquered Strie wallpaper and a closely matched blue flat paint color decorates the ceiling of this generously sized, unusual room. Adding to its visual appeal is the blue felt that covers the pool table, rather than the typical green.

Built in 2013 by Mattera Construction, the white cedar, shingle and stone house sits on a 1.32-acre property that is within easy walking distance of the Saugatuck River, Longshore Club Park, Compo Beach and the Saugatuck train station. A slate path leads to the covered front porch.

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STYLE: Custom Colonial

ADDRESS: 29 Manitou Road

PRICE: $4,849,900


FEATURES: heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool and spa, Chinese granite patio, terrace, outdoor fireplace, covered front porch, Lutron Smart House System, central vacuum system, wet bar with marble counters and built-in wine rack, insulated windows, audio system, front and rear stairs, sizable laundry room, staff quarters, three-car garage, workshop, exterior lighting, sprinkler system, attic, five bedrooms, five full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $2,697,500

MILL RATE: 18.09 mills

TAXES: $48,744

The house has a dramatic double-height entrance foyer with hardwood flooring. The front door is framed by sidelights and a transom. There are hardwood floors and detailed millwork throughout. In the formal living room there is a red-brick fireplace with black granite surround. The formal

dining room features

wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries’ Wild Woods Collection. The textured wall covering resembles a metallic blue-colored wood grain.

In the family room there is a coffered ceiling and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The first-floor office also has a coffered ceiling, as well as a built-in window seat with storage drawers and bookshelves, and a textured Stroheim basket weave wallpaper.

The gourmet eat-in kitchen is cavernous and offers a large center island with a prep sink and beverage refrigerator. The exterior black granite counter houses two stainless sinks. Other features include a silver metallic subway tile backsplash and high-end appliances, including a Wolf six-burner range and Wolf oven with a warming drawer. A butler’s pantry has yet another sink and glass-front cabinets.

A door in the casual dining area of the kitchen provides access to the patio and pool. The sizable and private backyard also features an outdoor fireplace.

Upstairs, there are five bedrooms; two share a Jack-and-Jill-style bath and the others are en suite. All the bedrooms have nine-foot-plus tall ceilings. The master suite features a marble fireplace, deep tray ceiling and a sitting room. The marble master bath has radiant heated flooring, a jetted tub, large steam shower stall, sauna and double vanity.

The house has a full, unfinished walk-out basement, which is full of possibilities.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Jim Lanzaro of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-981-1966 or