Some people feel the need for lots of house and land, preferring to inhabit a residence encompassing more than 5,000 square feet on a 2-acre or larger lot. Others enjoy cozier homes on smaller lots in neighborhoods where houses are closer together, creating a sense of community.

For those seeking a charming house with a smaller footprint in a prime location there is this Colonial split-level at 22 Clinton Ave. There are four levels of living space -- the first split level holds two bedrooms, one of which is used as an office, and the second split has two more.

The house is modest in size at 1,707 square feet, but big on charm, convenience and updated amenities. According to the current owners the house is "small enough not to be overwhelming," but spread out enough to allow privacy.

It is worth considering for its gardens alone. One of the current owners is an avid gardener and has worked wonders for nearly three decades in the front, side and back flower beds on this 0.27-acre level corner lot. The front of the house gets direct sun nearly all day long so those gardens are brimming with sun-loving, drought-tolerant plants like lavender, yarrow, sedum and butterfly bush. Some plots are shadier and have appropriate plantings like hydrangeas, hostas and rhododendrons.

The owners said the yard is full of butterflies from July to September, "and something is blooming at all times ... If you are not a gardener, hopefully the yard will inspire you to get your hands dirty."

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Even the most hard-core hobbyist gardener has to leave the soil occasionally to go to work. This house and neighborhood make commuting easy. The corner on which the house sits at Clinton Avenue and Fillow Street (directly across from Oak Street), is a stop on the route of the S-3 mini bus to the Saugatuck train depot. For those who drive to work, the Merritt Parkway is less than a mile away.

This property is also worth considering because of its proximity to downtown, about 1.5 miles away. It is also the kind of neighborhood where everyone knows each other. The current owners said they know the names of all the neighborhood kids, dogs and cats.

Although the house was built in 1956, every inch was remodeled over the years. Rooms were stripped to the studs and renovated with new wall board. The kitchen and three baths were updated. Wood flooring was installed on the first floor. A working, wood-burning fireplace was added in the lower level family room. The furnace, hot water heater and oil tank were replaced. A new roof was added about 15 years ago.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 22 Clinton Ave.
PRICE: $729,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: proximity to the Merritt Parkway, convenient walking distance to downtown, corner lot, 0.27-acre level and partially fenced property, shuttle bus to Saugatuck train station, covered front porch, updated house, remodeled kitchen and baths, attractive gardens, one wood-burning fireplace, two-car attached garage, new roof in 2003, new furnace and oil tank in 2009, new fence installed in 2012, new windows, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: $444,000
TAX RATE: 17.94 mills
TAXES: $7,965

The living room has a wide, 24-pane window flanked by two six-over-six double-hung windows. There are hardwood floors throughout the living room, dining room and kitchen, all three of which have an open floor plan for easy living and entertaining.

Kitchen features include a two-tiered center island and breakfast bar, black granite counters, tumbled marble backsplash, some glass-front cabinets, and a door to a yard on the Fillow Street side. The center island has two tall columns and houses the Thermador four-burner range and the GE Profile refrigerator is hidden behind the paneling of the cabinetry.

Outside, the driveway is lined in Belgian block and there are two slate paths to the covered front porch and door. Flower boxes line the front of the house.

This is one of the few houses in the neighborhood that has a two-car attached garage.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Rob Sohmer of Jeanette Dryburgh & Associates, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-331-2560 or email him at rsohmer@optonline.net.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 22 Clinton Ave.

PRICE: $729,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8

FEATURES: proximity to the Merritt Parkway, convenient walking distance to downtown, corner lot, 0.27-acre level and partially fenced property, shuttle bus to Saugatuck train station, covered front porch, updated house, remodeled kitchen and baths, attractive gardens, one wood-burning fireplace, two-car attached garage, new roof in 2003, new furnace and oil tank in 2009, new fence installed in 2012, new windows, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $444,000

TAX RATE: 17.94 mills

TAXES: $7,965