WESTPORT — The front of 11 Old Hill Road is somewhat deceptive.

With its sloped roof, stone chimney and classic New England stone wall, it looks like a quaint, tiny cottage — the sort of place where one might expect fairy tale characters to live.

“It looks almost Hansel and Gretel-y and cottage-y,” said the home’s owner, Leslie Hahn. The fact that Hahn — who is selling the home after living there for seven years — has spotted foxes and deer on her property just adds to its storybook feel.

That charming, old-school quality befits the house’s roots, as it was first built in 1928. Hahn said its exterior makes it look like a sweet older home.

But, upon entering the house — listed for sale at $1,599,000 — visitors will find more than expected. It’s been significantly renovated to bring it into the 21st century, with a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, a spacious master bedroom suite with a spa, an elegant stone patio and other modern amenities.

The house, at 3,358 square feet, with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, is also more spacious that its ripped-from-the-pages-of-the-Brothers-Grimm facade would indicate.

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Open the door, and visitors are greeted with a series of open, interconnecting rooms, which gives the space and intimate yet roomy feel. The front entryway seems to flow into the living areas and into the kitchen.

Hahn said the home’s appeal to her was that it feels big, with spacious rooms and high ceilings, but it doesn’t have the cavernous, empty atmosphere of some luxury homes. “It’s kept the charm of an old home,” she said. “It sort of feels like an old brownstone.”

Contributing to its cozy-but-cool vibe are little spaces sprinkled throughout, such as the nook with a window seat on the second floor. Hahn said her husband converted the space into a sort of open office but sliding a desk into the nook, but it can be used for a variety of purposes — including just to curl up and stare out the window.

The home’s interior had already been completely revamped by the time Hahn had moved into it, with its single fireplace one of its few remaining original features. However, the exterior was in need of an update, so Hahn’s family added several features, including the patio. The Hahns also expanded a deck on the third floor, so that it wraps around the entire house and offers spectacular, lofty views of Westport’s Old Hill section.

“You can see the whole neighborhood from here,” Hahn said.

In fact, Hahn said the home’s neighborhood is part of its appeal.

The Old Hill section is historical, yet eclectic, with (relatively) newer homes like 11 Old Hill mingling with much older houses, from the 1700s and 1800s.

“Everybody’s home is different,” she said. “Yet it has this real neighborhood feel. Not a lot of Westport is like that anymore.”

There will be an open house of 11 Old Hill Road in Westport from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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