WESTPORT — High upon an historic hill in the Compo Beach section of town sits an elegant manse looking over Long Island Sound. The 9,282-square-foot colonial contemporary house at 10 Minute Man Hill was built in 2003 on an exceptional piece of land, which lends itself to some magnificent water views.

The views just outside the tall and numerous windows of this house are also worth noting. This one-acre level and gently sloping property contains breathtaking gardens that masterfully blend typical perennials - such as hydrangeas and roses, with sea grasses. Because of its positioning near the crest of Minute Man Hill the residents of this house can also enjoy stunning sunsets.

There is a heated Gunite in-ground pool and spa in the yard so residents have their choice of venues for swimming and relaxing. They can luxuriate in their own private backyard or socialize at the Longshore Club Park or dip a toe into Long Island Sound at Compo Beach, both of which are within easy walking distance.

A long bluestone path leads to the dramatic two-story covered front entrance comprising sets of three columns perched atop stone pillars, French doors, architecturally interesting sidelights and a stately multi-paned window above the doors.

Inside, every beautifully proportioned room is a statement piece. Every square foot is really a statement piece beginning with the spacious marble foyer gallery. There are four finished levels, which can be accessed from the formal front and secondary staircases as well as an elevator. The rear staircase near the kitchen features a wall of built-in bookshelves.

While in some houses the formal living room is sunken this one is raised. Columns flank the wide staircase of four steps up into this room, which features a coffered ceiling, fireplace, hardwood floor, and French doors to a balcony. Although they are on two different levels the formal living and dining rooms are open to each other. The dining room has paneling on the lower walls, a marble floor, and several sets of French doors to a wood deck and bluestone patio. The paneled library has one of the home’s four fireplaces.

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In the generously-sized gourmet kitchen the features include a sitting room with a fireplace, a large eat-in area, two center islands - one with a breakfast bar, marble counters, white ceramic subway tile backsplash, and several sets of French doors to the patio, yard and pool. Top-of-the-line appliances include a Wolf four-burner range with a large grill, two ovens, and a pot-filler.

The formal front staircase to the second floor is so dramatic it is worthy of inclusion in a Hollywood film. On the second floor French doors open into the master bedroom suite, which features a sitting room, fireplace, enormous walk-in closet, two-story vaulted ceiling with a cupola, large picture windows and private balcony to enjoy ocean views. The spa-like marble master bath features a jetted tub, steam shower, and separate vanities. There are two more bedrooms and a study on the second floor and additional bedrooms on the third floor.

In the finished walk-out lower level there is a home theater, an exercise room, a full bath, and a wine cellar.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 10 Minute Man Hill

PRICE: $3,998,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 14

FEATURES: waterfront community, water views, elevator, one-acre level and gently sloping property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, spa, bluestone patio, wood deck, porch, located on a cul-de-sac, walk to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, home theater, wine cellar, balconies, four fireplaces, community association, audio system, underground sprinkler, front and rear staircases, wood shingle roof, attic, zoned heating and cooling systems, attached three-car garage, finished walk-out basement, convenient to Saugatuck train station, only 60-minutes from NYC, six bedrooms, seven full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $3,201,100

TAX RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $53,971

HOA FEE: $1,093 annually, includes grounds maintenance and insurance

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Todd David Miller of Higgins Group Real Estate at 203-257-9909 or todddavidmiller@gmail.com.