In a market dominated by Colonials of a familiar type, the contemporary house at 24 Fern Valley Road, a cul-de-sac in Weston, is unique.

“It’s a very unusual house. There’s nothing like it in this area,” according to the homeowner, who purchased it 27 years ago. When the family bought the house they planned to stay only in summer months, but loved it so much it became their year-round weekend retreat from weekday life in New York City.

The owner said it’s the kind of house more often found in a ski resort and it exudes the feeling of living in Vermont or New Hampshire. The 1,804-square-foot house sits on a 2.2-acre level and sloping property along the Saugatuck River. The house has attractive river views — “You can see the river undulating passed the house,” the owner said — but there is no danger of flooding because of the structure’s elevation.

The peaceful, wooded setting feels so remote it’s hard to imagine the house is in a suburban area 15 minutes from downtown Westport. There are only eight other houses on the road. It is also just minutes away from Trout Brook Valley Preserve, Saugatuck Reservoir and Devil’s Glen Park — not to be confused with Devil’s Den Nature Preserve, which is also in town. It’s a nature lover’s playground with fishing and canoeing in the river, miles of hiking trails, golf and racket sports at the neighboring prestigious clubs, including Aspetuck Valley Country Club, which is within walking distance.

There is also a heated swimming pool with a solar cover on the property. The pool sits on a large wood deck.

The residents call their home the tree house, or “arboreal abode,” because it’s built into the side of a hill and to access the house from the semi-circular driveway one must walk across a 90-foot catwalk, about a half a city block long. The house has many windows, which gives the impression of being in the trees.

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The steel-bolted, post-and-beam constructed house was built in 1977. It has wide-planked hardwood floors, many exposed beams and a giant skylight with 12 panes of glass that serves as half the roof. Each pane has its own shade in case the residents don’t want so much natural light flooding into the house. Jutting out from one part of the house is an outdoor shower with a skylight above.

In the two-story living room there is a fireplace that sits on an angle in a corner. The open kitchen has a hardwood floor, an eat-in area and one counter area serves as a breakfast bar.

One of the two bedrooms has a sliding door to a balcony.

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WESTPORT NEWS

House of the Week

TYPE: Contemporary

ADDRESS: 24 Fern Valley Road, Weston

PRICE: $550,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 4

FEATURES: waterfront property, views of Saugatuck River, heated swimming pool, outdoor shower, 90-foot catwalk, 2.2-acre property, located on a cul-de-sac, private setting, 15 minutes from downtown Westport, minutes away from several acres of state park preserves, balconies, rooftop deck, one fireplace, attic fan, workshop, skylight, well water, lots of room to expand, two to three bedrooms, two full baths

SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High

ASSESSMENT: $415,000

TAX RATE: 28.24 mills

TAXES: $11,898

ASSOCIATION FEE: $300

The house has a partial, unfinished walk-out basement that is full of possibilities, as is the house. There is lots of room for expansion.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Susan Carson of RE/MAX Heritage at 203-216-9388 or susan@westportspaces.com.