An Old Hill area estate with a majestic name awaits its next "royal" family. Kings Hill comprises a Colonial house and private yard with professional landscaping that features flower, vegetable and herb gardens not only fit for a king but for a professional chef as well.

The 0.66-acre property and house at 102 Kings Highway North is owned by a professional chef and that is reflected in the gardens and in the gourmet kitchen, which is the heart of the house and features two ranges. The owner -- a former corporate chef at the Fairfield County Hunt Club and former personal chef for Grammy Award-winner and Westport homeowner Michael Bolton -- is willing to give a cooking lesson to the new owner or owners on the Aga cast-iron range, a popular and expensive European brand. It features roasting and warming ovens and can boil water in seconds. There is also a Viking Professional six-burner range.

The owner is proud of the farm-to-kitchen gardens, designed in the formal English-style. A pergola provides access into the gardens which feature raised beds bordered with boxwood shrubbery. A chicken coop provides fresh eggs to use in the kitchen as well.

Also found in this private backyard is a heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool and an abundance of colorful perennials including hydrangea, peonies, lupines, hollyhocks, alliums, lilies, black-eyed Susans, hundreds of tulips and several varieties of roses. More flowers are found in the window boxes below every window on the rear of the pale yellow clapboard house.

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This house was built in 1952 and has been singled out by Westport's Historic District Commission for a Historic Preservation Award. It is a distinctive home, spacious but not oversized, with 3,528 square feet of living space on four levels. It has an in-law or au-pair apartment that could be converted into additional bedrooms if necessary or used as the master suite. The apartment has a living room, bedroom and full kitchen with a four-burner range.

In the main house the L-shaped living room has a wood-burning, red-brick fireplace and a Dutch door to the side gardens. The kitchen has a center island, counters topped in Baltic Brown granite and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The dining room, which is open to the kitchen, has a built-in bookshelf and a long window seat with storage underneath.

Sliding paned doors open from the dining room to a huge raised deck that looks over the pool and gardens and is ideally designed for entertaining. Off the dining room is a powder room and access to the two-car attached garage.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 102 Kings Highway North
PRICE: $1,375,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: convenient traveling distance to I-95, Merritt Parkway and Post Road (Route 1), half mile to the heart of downtown Westport, 0.66-acre level and sloping property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, au pair or in-law apartment, a true chef's kitchen, partially fenced, professionally landscaped with shrubs and flower gardens, custom-built chicken coop, one fireplace, deck/balcony, skylights, audio system, workshop, ridge vents, stone walls, full finished walk-out basement, ceiling fans, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: $731,000
TAX RATE: 17.94 mills
TAXES: $13,114

On the second floor there are two bedrooms and a small office or sitting room. The apartment can be accessed from the second floor or from its own separate entrance. It has a vaulted ceiling and its own laundry. The master bedroom of the main house is located on the third floor and is completely private. It has a good size master bath with Carrera marble floor and walls, a soaking tub, steam shower and skylight. There are two more skylights in the bedroom and two closets with French doors.

Io the basement level, there are three rooms, two are finished. The unfinished room has a laundry area, two stainless sinks, cabinets and counters. There is plenty of room to create a wine cellar in this space. The current owner also uses this room to start vegetable seeds before planting them outside.

The backyard view is protected, as nothing can be built behind the house.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Darcy Sledge of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 917-579-0631 or email her at dsledge@bhhsne.com; take a virtual tour at www.102kingshighway.bhhsneproperties.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 102 Kings Highway North

PRICE: $1,375,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8

FEATURES: convenient traveling distance to I-95, Merritt Parkway and Post Road (Route 1), half mile to the heart of downtown Westport, 0.66-acre level and sloping property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, au pair or in-law apartment, a true chef's kitchen, partially fenced, professionally landscaped with shrubs and flower gardens, custom-built chicken coop, one fireplace, deck/balcony, skylights, audio system, workshop, ridge vents, stone walls, full finished walk-out basement, ceiling fans, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $731,000

TAX RATE: 17.94 mills

TAXES: $13,114