It can be argued that any waterfront location within the borders of Westport can be labeled a “prime” spot, but for those who like privacy without being completely reclusive it is hard to beat the level, one-acre estate on a corner lot at 8 Bluewater Lane.

The current owners call it “the crown jewel of Compo Beach.” The back of the cream-colored stucco colonial, contemporary house faces Hillspoint Road. It is only steps away from the public Compo Beach, and its neighborhood association also has a private sandy beach and tennis court. If that’s not enough, town-owned Longshore Club Park is within walking distance a few blocks away, featuring a range of recreational activities.

From the long bluestone patio or the balconies, take in unique panoramic views that wrap from Old Mill Cove Beach, out over the Long Island Sound to the beautiful crescent beach of Compo. Start the day with a blazing sunrise and watch fishing boats heading out to sea. Every room along the back of the house offers water views and one of the listing agents said, “Each window pane can be its own painting … The setting is like a work of art.”

Although this is a waterfront property, separated from the shoreline only by Hillspoint Road, the property is elevated so the house is not in the flood zone.

The house was built in 1961 and has remained in the same family for the last four decades. The previous owner of the property, although the house did not exist at time, was a CEO for Chock Full o’ Nuts, who owned all of Bluewater Hill, which has since been subdivided. The structure encompasses 4,419 square feet of living space and multiple decks and patios and terraces, giving the house a European feel. One area of the patio has a built-in charcoal grill. There is a two-car garage, which is unusual for most houses this close to the water.

The next owner may choose to build their dream house on this property but the house, as it is, fits right into the local landscape and lifestyle. It has 10 rooms, including four bedrooms and a circular-shaped solarium, which has doubled as an art studio. The kitchen has a long center island, two skylights, vaulted ceiling, three sinks and polished granite floor. The curved wall of windows in the large eat-in area may distract the cooks from their meal-preparation chores. Then again, the kitchen is well appointed and equipped for the chef in the family and one of the homeowners said, “Once you enter this kitchen you won’t want to leave.”

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Contemporary

ADDRESS: 8 Bluewater Lane

PRICE: $9,995,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10

FEATURES: waterfront property, walk to private sandy beach or to the public Compo Beach, neighborhood association tennis court, also within easy walking distance of the Longshore Club Park, corner lot, solarium, long paving stone patio with stone sitting walls, balconies, skylights, sauna, porch, attic, all window treatments, stone wall, active solar energy feature, courtyard, two-car garage, walk-in pantry, front and rear stairs, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $3,290,300

TAX RATE: 18.09 mills

TAXES: $59,522

A breezeway leads to the solarium, which has a full bath and a sauna. It also has access to the patio so this whole area of the house could serve as a cabana. Above it is one of the bedrooms in its own private wing and it has a secret passageway to the rest of the second floor, where there are three more bedrooms and an office. There is a balcony accessed from the office.

The entrance foyer has a marble floor and curved staircase. On the main level, the formal front-to-back dining room is banquet-sized and has a red brick fireplace with a white wood mantel and sliding doors to the other end of the patio. The living room features one whole wall of built-in shelving.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Betsy Phillips Kahn at 203-216-0552 or Elizabeth Steffen at 203-434-2578, both of Higgins Group. More details are available at www.8bluewaterlane.com.