Some houses, no matter how spectacular or architecturally interesting, fade into their surrounding landscape, never really noticed by anyone but their occupants. Others stand out to passersby, even when they're not really trying.

Among the latter is the humble vintage Colonial farmhouse at 113 North Ave. Since it was built by melon-grower Charles B. Meeker in 1888 on one acre of land he purchased from his father, Burr Meeker Jr., the house has attracted the attention of motorists and pedestrians.

The real estate agent listing the house for sale said many people have told her and the current owners that the house has such a comfortable and inviting appeal that they can almost smell cookies baking as they drive or walk by.

Although the original barn on the former melon farm burned down, another was constructed in its place in 1985 and built to the original specifications.

According to a document from the Westport Land Records, the house is "a well-preserved example of a commodious vernacular dwelling that is typical of the late 19th century." It has gable ends that are sheathed with scalloped shingles. The body of the house is white cedar clapboard with pale blue-green trim.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE: Vintage Colonial farmhouse ADDRESS: 113 North Ave., Westport PRICE: $1,450,000 ROOMS: 10 AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, post and beam barn, restored and expanded house, walking distance to Bedford Middle School and Staples High School, one-acre level property, gourmet kitchen, pantry, tall ceilings, zoned central air conditioning, second floor sleeping porch, covered front porch, patio, laundry room, security system, stained glass window, skylight, finished third floor, pocket doors, non-functional decorative fireplace, office with built-in shelves OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, two full and one half baths, four vehicle bays in detached barn, partially finished basement, walk-up attic, zoned radiant gas heat, storm windows and doors, septic system, city water, exterior lighting, exterior sprinkler system, hardwood floors throughout, exposed beams SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $848,400 TAX RATE: 17.43 mills TAXES: $14,788

The same document mentions the veranda with Tuscan columns that wraps around the front façade and one side of the house. "The boxed overhanging eaves have stylized modillions on the main elevations," it says further.

Additionally, the Westport Land Records document lists the construction process as balloon frame, one of the first houses in the town to utilize this process. In this process the weight of the house is born by the exterior walls. "Much to the amazement of naysayers, the new, light frame withstood the weight of snow during the Blizzard of 1888," the document reads. The house contains 2,950 square feet of living space which includes remnants from the original house, like the wide-planked pine floors, and new features added during the extensive renovation and expansion.

The current owners said the renovation was not so much a labor of love as it was a "labor of respect" for the original structure. They hand-stripped all the woodwork, then hand-washed and varnished it to enhance the wood. They also restored the exposed beams in the master bedroom.

"The challenge was has been to make it beautiful and keep it in character," said one of the owners.

During the renovation a side porch off the kitchen was enclosed to increase the kitchen size. The kitchen features a center island, an eat-in area and a pantry.

In the formal dining room there is a decorative, non-functioning fireplace, which was installed by the original owners.

Such fireplaces were apparently show pieces to highlight that the family had a working furnace and therefore had no need for a fireplace for function.

The master bath has a heated floor, tumbled marble backsplash, double vanity with a marble counter, and a walk-in steam shower.

The finished third floor could serve as a fifth bedroom if needed. It could also be used as an office or art studio.

In this room, they took shutters found in the barn and refinished them to serve as the doors of the closets.

Outside, where brush and brambles once ruled the grounds, there are now bluestone patios and a slate path into the landscaped yard, which includes peonies, specimen plantings and about 30 trees.

In fact, so respectful was the family of the trees on the property that they amended their kitchen expansion plans to avoid cutting down one large, old tree.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Joni Usdan of Coldwell Banker at 203-216-7654 or email her at joni@jonihomes.com, or call Yvette Rose at 203-856-0090.

Meg Barone is a freelance writer.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Vintage Colonial farmhouse

ADDRESS: 113 North Avenue, Westport

PRICE: $1,450,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, post and beam barn, restored and expanded house, walking distance to Bedford Middle School and Staples High School, one-acre level property, gourmet kitchen, pantry, tall ceilings, zoned central air conditioning, second floor sleeping porch, covered front porch, patio, laundry room, security system, stained glass window, skylight, finished third floor, pocket doors, non-functional decorative fireplace, office with built-in shelves

OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, two full and one half baths, four-vehicle bays in detached barn, partially finished basement, walk-up attic, zoned radiant gas heat, storm windows and doors, septic system, city water, exterior lighting, exterior sprinkler system, hardwood floors throughout, exposed beams

SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $848,400

TAX RATE: 17.43 mills

TAXES: $14,788