The Colonial split level at 1 Grist Mill Lane in the Long Lots area of town is ideal for those who enjoy gardening and recreational activities.

The house is on a 1-acre lot at the intersection of Grist Mill and Wakeman lanes on the Westport/Fairfield border, across the street from Fairfield's 5.1-acre Sasco Creek Kirik Open Space property. Hike through that protected property or spend hours in the backyard tending the organic vegetable garden or sitting on the large side deck that resembles a boat with wire railings.

Meditate to the soothing sound of Sasco Creek as it babbles through the side and rear portions of the property; close enough to enjoy, but not close enough to threaten flooding.

The attractive house and property have been enhanced by the current owner, who installed new bluestone patios, added skylights to increase the natural light that floods into the house, expanded the landscaping and modernized the kitchen with granite counters and a Viking refrigerator. The owner also installed special netting in the organic garden to prevent nuisance wildlife animals from burrowing in the ground and accessing the garden from underneath the soil.

A wide bluestone path leads to the covered front entrance of the wood shingle and stone house. The front door is framed by decorative sidelights and a transom.

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The foyer has a large coat closet with French doors and leads to the dining room and a transition space with a powder room and door to a long covered front porch, which is separate from the covered front entrance. The dining room has a vaulted ceiling and two walls of windows that look out to the side yard, creek, and municipal open space. It also has sliding French doors with sliding screens to the deck.

French sliding doors with the same screens are also found in the kitchen and access the same deck. Kitchen features include a large, two-tiered center island topped with an iridescent granite reminiscent of Labradorite, porcelain tile floor, double stainless sinks, a limestone mosaic tile backsplash with decorative tile inserts depicting wine labels. High-end appliances include a Viking Professional six-burner range with a pot filler, two Wolf wall ovens and Viking Designer refrigerator.

A floor-to-ceiling red brick fireplace with a raised hearth and natural wood mantel is the centerpiece of the living room, which also has three skylights.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Colonial split level
ADDRESS: 1 Grist Mill Lane
PRICE: $1,275,000
ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: corner lot, located on a cul-de-sac, water views of Sasco Creek, 1-acre level property, near the Fairfield town line, across the street from Fairfield's 5.1-acre Sasco Creek Kirk Open Space, large deck, new bluestone patio and paths, porches, two fireplaces, organic garden, energy efficient features including newer Thermopane windows, proximity to Westport and Fairfield amenities, skylights, some window treatments, extensive landscaping, privacy fencing, four bedrooms, two full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: $636,400
MILL RATE: 17.94 mills
TAXES: $11,417

On the upper split level there are three bedrooms; the master suite has a wing of its own. Walk up five steps to the master bath, which features two separate Carrera marble vanities, deep jetted tub, large walk-in shower with Travertine backsplash, Travertine radiant heated tile floor and walk-in closet.

In the other wing there are two other bedrooms and a hall bath.

Half of one wall in the lower split level is red brick and houses another fireplace. This large room is the family room, which is separated from the living room by narrow French doors. This level also has an office, good-sized laundry room with a utility sink, and a half bath that features tile flooring that depicts photo-realistic oak leaves. The family room has a sliding atrium door to the bluestone patio.

Outside, in addition to the patio there are wide bluestone pathways, the attractive gardens and natural wood privacy fencing.

For more information or make a private appointment to see the house, contact Barbara Bross, Alexander Chingas or Doug Bross of Riverside Realty at 203-454-8000, ext. 3, or email them at info@BrossChingas.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Colonial split level

ADDRESS: 1 Grist Mill Lane

PRICE: $1,275,000

ROOMS: 8

FEATURES: corner lot, located on a cul-de-sac, water views of Sasco Creek, 1-acre level property, near the Fairfield town line, across the street from Fairfield's 5.1-acre Sasco Creek Kirik Open Space, large deck, new bluestone patio and paths, porches, two fireplaces, organic garden, energy efficient features including newer Thermopane windows, proximity to Westport and Fairfield amenities, skylights, some window treatments, extensive landscaping, privacy fencing, four bedrooms, two full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $636,400

MILL RATE: 17.94 mills

TAXES: $11,417