When thinking about the town of Westport, one of the most affluent communities in one of the most affluent counties in the nation, one might be tempted to assume that the price of any home there would start at about the million dollar mark and go nowhere but up.

While one gold coast home in this town is going for more than $24 million, there are many great opportunities for the purchase of houses under a million in Westport. First-time home buyers and those who are purchasing for the first time in Westport might want to consider the ranch at 7 Crescent Park Road for $239,900 offered by Prudential CT Realty, or the cape in the heart of town at 7 West Parish Road for $375,000 offered by William Raveis Westport.

William Pitt Sotheby's has a house on the market at 20 Vani Court for $399,000, and at 1 Gonczy Road in the Greens Farms section of town, the Higgins Group has a split level house available for $449,000.

There is also a raised ranch at 241 Sturges Highway in a bucolic section of town.

If one thinks of the many multi-million dollar homes along this road as diamonds, then this house is a diamond in the rough. The house was built in 1967 in the Coleytown section of Westport on a lot of 1.68 acres, and was later expanded and some updates were made. It could use some additional updating but it is still an attractive, adequate house at a reasonable price.

A blanket of pachysandra hugs the front of the house. The front lawn also features rhododendron, fern and mature trees. The house has a gray shingle exterior with white trim and dark-colored shutters. The sidelights of the front door combine with the numerous other windows to bring lots of natural light into this house. It also has an open floor plan.

Included in this structure is 3,000 square feet of living space, which extends into the finished lower level, a living room with a fireplace and a vaulted ceiling, a game room and an office. The formal dining room opens into the family room, the latter of which has a door to the deck, which overlooks the private grounds and a pond. The kitchen, which could use some modernizing, has an eat-in section and a new tile floor.

Rounding out the first level is the sleeping quarters which include three bedrooms -- the master bedroom with a full bath and walk-in closet, and two additional bedrooms, which share a hall bath.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Raised Ranch ADDRESS: 241 Sturges Highway, Westport PRICE: $699,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11 AMENITIES: pond, two fireplaces, 1.68-acre property, water community, beach rights, two family rooms, deck, finished walk-out lower level, game room, laundry room, hardwood floors and new carpeting, central air conditioning, mud room, recently painted inside and out OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, two full and one half baths, oversized two-car garage, baseboard forced air oil heating system, attic, septic system, city water, fencing, asphalt shingles roof, gable roof SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $543,800 TAX RATE: 14.850 mills TAXES: $9,061

Featured in the lower level is a second family room with a fireplace. Also on this level is a game room, office, a bedroom and half bath. The location of this bedroom would make it appropriate as a guest room because of the privacy it would afford.

The home also features an oversized two-car garage with storage.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Pat Abagnale or Bobbie Abagnale of Halstead Property at 203-221-0666 or email them at pabagnale@halstead.com or babagnale@halstead.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Raised Ranch

ADDRESS: 241 Sturges Highway, Westport

PRICE: $699,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

AMENITIES: pond, two fireplaces, 1.68-acre property, water community, beach rights, two family rooms, deck, finished walk-out lower level, game room, laundry room, hardwood floors and new carpeting, central air conditioning, mud room, recently painted inside and out

OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, two full and one half baths, oversized two-car garage, baseboard forced air oil heating system, attic, septic system, city water, fencing, asphalt shingles roof, gable roof

SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $543,800

TAX RATE: 14.850 mills

TAXES: $9,061