In the holiday classic the Nutcracker Ballet, a girl named Clara travels to the magical Land of Sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy and inhabited by a host of dancing confections.

A Contemporary-style house at 6 Nutcracker Lane in the Coleytown section of town has been a magical place for the current owners who hope visions of sugarplums will dance in the heads of the next owners.

The 4,565-square-foot house is cradled on its 2.09-acre park-like setting at the end of a cul-de-sac and down a long driveway that creates a private retreat, which one person referred to as "serenity."

The fenced property includes a large, two-tiered wood deck with a hot tub, a heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool and professional landscaping, including a Chinese maple tree and ornamental grasses.

It's not likely one would tire of watching the stars from the remote backyard, where light pollution is not an issue, but should that occur, the Rolnick Observatory is just down the street on Bayberry Lane.

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Built in 1978, this house was completely transformed after the current owners made renovations in stages over a period of about six years. They took the house from its turquoise staircase and orange walls, when they first moved in, to the sophisticated Contemporary it is now.

It features first-floor rooms flooded with natural light from the tall windows and skylights and a finished lower level that houses a game or media room and a customized climate-controlled 1,000-bottle wine cellar that's perfect for the connoisseur or host.

The formal living room has a vaulted ceiling and is separated from the dining room only by two contemporary wood columns. The dining room walls are lined in an artistic installation of square wood paneling tiles. It also has modernistic crown molding and sliding doors to the sizable screened porch.

In the gourmet kitchen the walls are Venetian plaster. The flooring is limestone and the counters are Italian limestone. Other features include the oak cabinets and customized drawers -- one that includes a built-in spice rack, refrigerator drawers, beverage refrigerator, a long center island and breakfast bar, Miele stainless steel appliances -- including two dishwashers and a six-burner range top and hood, and built-in desk area. The eat-in area has a wall of glass and sliders to the same screened porch that's accessed from the dining room.

Step down into the family room, which has a circular staircase to an office in the second-floor master bedroom, and a gas-fueled fireplace. There is also a gas fireplace in the den or television room, which has cypress wood walls and pocket doors, which separate it from the kitchen. This wing of the house has a mudroom and an office. The office has wall-to-wall carpeting and the mudroom has a limestone floor, laundry closet, coat hooks and a full bath. The office could be used as an in-law or au pair suite. It has its own separate entrance in the mudroom.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Contemporary
ADDRESS: 6 Nutcracker Lane
PRICE: $1,895,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: located on a cul-de-sac, 2.09-acre level and fully fenced property, climate-controlled 1,000-bottle wine cellar, heated Gunite in-ground salt water swimming pool, stone patio, stone wall, eight-person hot tub, generator, large wood deck, fire pit, spacious screened porch, shed, exterior sprinkler system and lighting, new furnace installed six years ago, custom shades, two fireplaces, skylights, circular driveway, audio system, customized oak doors throughout the house, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: $875,800
TAX RATE: 17.94 mills
TAXES: $15,711

On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all with customized closets with built-ins and organizers. One bedroom has an angular wall with a recessed alcove and platform for the bed.

The master is housed in its own wing and has a skylight, ceiling fan, an exercise room, large his-and-hers walk-in closets, dressing room, and the office, which could serve as a sitting room or even an art studio. The spacious master bath has a limestone floor and counter on the double vanity, a large steam shower and deep soaking tub.

For more information or to make an appointment to see this house, contact Michelle Genovese of Michelle and Company, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-454-HOME (4663).

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Contemporary

ADDRESS: 6 Nutcracker Lane

PRICE: $1,895,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

FEATURES: located on a cul-de-sac, 2.09-acre level and fully fenced property, climate-controlled 1,000-bottle wine cellar, heated Gunite in-ground salt water swimming pool, stone patio, stone wall, eight-person hot tub, generator, large wood deck, fire pit, spacious screened porch, shed, exterior sprinkler system and lighting, new furnace installed six years ago, custom shades, two fireplaces, skylights, circular driveway, audio system, customized oak doors throughout the house, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $875,800

TAX RATE: 17.94 mills

TAXES: $15,711