Inch for inch, some people believe Weston offers more house and land for the price in the real estate market. Whether or not that's true is up to the experts to decide, but it can be said that the sizable Colonial house on nearly four acres at 15 Michaels Way is worth its price tag.

Built in 1996, this house has 9,113 square feet of living space, and that does not include the 645-square-foot pool house that has a kitchen, full bath, changing room, laundry and beamed cathedral ceiling. Even the custom-built in-ground Gunite swimming pool is oversized at 51 by 20 feet. The standard pool size is 40 by 20 feet. The pool has a spa, diving board, and an automatic solar cover.

There are many attractive features in this house and on this mostly level and gently sloping parcel of 3.68 acres. Outside are the terraced paving stone patios, mahogany deck and a built-in grill positioned amid the professional landscaping that includes specimen plantings. Although it is not visible from the front of the property this parcel is bordered at the far end by a pond on the West Branch of the Saugatuck River.

The exterior of the natural wood-colored shingle house is decked out for autumn with colorful foliage and orange mums but this is an attractive place year-round. It is convenient, too. The center of Weston is only minutes away as are the local schools. Devil's Den, a 2,000-acre nature preserve, is also close by.

The uniqueness of the house is evident beginning right at the front entrance with the columned, covered front porch and extra-wide solid mahogany door with three vertical beveled glass planes and a transom. The two-story foyer has an oak herringbone patterned floor, and yet to keep things interesting the office just off the foyer has a cherry wood floor, raised paneling and built-ins. It also has a fireplace with a slate surround and a fabric wall covering.

Silk covers the walls of the formal dining room, which is separated from the gourmet kitchen by a butler's pantry. The kitchen has a hardwood floor, countertops of kirkstone -- a natural British stone -- glass-front cabinets, Thermador professional six-burner gas range, eat-in area, and two center islands with wood counters. One has a built-in dish rack.

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The kitchen is open to the two-story family room, which has a raised fireplace with a kirkstone surround and sliding door to the first patio.

The two-story formal living room has sliding French doors to the deck. It is open to a billiard room, which has a tall fireplace with honed limestone surround and decorative white wood mantel.

Rounding out the first floor is a first floor guest bedroom en suite with a door to its own covered porch. The level of detail in this house is extensive and extends to the beveled wood border around the porcelain sink and soaking tub in this guest bath.

On the second floor there are five bedrooms, one of which would make a logical office or den where it needed. It has a built-in media center. The master suite is in its own separate wing and features a tall, raised marble fireplace with a mantel that includes dentil molding and a door to a balcony. There are his and hers closets and his and hers baths. "She" also has a dressing room with a long dressing table topped with limestone and mirrored closet doors.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 15 Michaels Way, Weston
PRICE: $2,750,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 16
FEATURES: 3.68-acre property, direct waterfront on pond along West Branch of Saugatuck River, invisible fencing, convenient to Weston center and school campus, oversized custom Gunite swimming pool with spa and an automatic solar cover, pool house with vaulted ceiling, kitchen, changing rooms and laundry, patios, mahogany decks, built-in outdoor grill, balcony, stone walls, exercise room with full bath, all window treatments, central vacuum system, insulated windows, wood shingle roof, proximity to Devil's Den Nature Preserve, four fireplaces, seven bedrooms, seven full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High
ASSESSMENT: $1,718,700
TAX RATE: 28.16 mills
TAXES: $48,536

Another of the bedrooms has a door to the same balcony. Two bedrooms share a jack and jill bath that has a deep jetted tub. One bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, two walls of built-in bookshelves and desk area. The fifth bedroom is en suite and has two closets, window seat with storage underneath, two built-in dresser drawers, and two built-in bookshelves and desk.

The mostly finished lower level, which can be accessed from two sets of staircases, has a game room, media room, kitchenette/wet bar, full bath with a special steam shower, and an exercise room with rubberized flooring, three closets and its own full bath.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Sheila Shupack of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-984-2494 or email her at sheila.shupack@raveis.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 15 Michaels Way, Weston

PRICE: $2,750,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 16

FEATURES: 3.68-acre property, direct waterfront on pond along West Branch of Saugatuck River, invisible fencing, convenient to Weston center and school campus, oversized custom Gunite swimming pool with spa and an automatic solar cover, pool house with vaulted ceiling, kitchen, changing rooms and laundry, patios, mahogany decks, built-in outdoor grill, balcony, stone walls, exercise room with full bath, all window treatments, central vacuum system, insulated windows, wood shingle roof, proximity to Devil's Den Nature Preserve, four fireplaces, seven bedrooms, seven full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High

ASSESSMENT: $1,718,700

TAX RATE: 28.16 mills

TAXES: $48,536