Diamonds may be a girl's best friend but the house that sits on a 1.5-acre parcel at the top of Diamond Lane will be difficult for anyone to resist.

This gem of a property and house are located in a secluded setting at the end of a cul-de-sac not far from downtown Westport. It features many unique architectural details from its elegant millwork to its dramatic rear façade.

Most architectural designs for houses give all of the attention to the front of the structure and ignore the back portion of a house's exterior, largely because the front is the logical entry point. But the designer of the colonial house at 3 Diamond Lane made sure there were no angles overlooked, inside or out; and he paid particular attention to the back of this house.

It has a dramatic and enormous Palladium arch windowed "wall" at the center rear of the house, which looks out onto the deck and in-ground Gunite swimming pool.

The front façade is also attractive and includes a long, covered porch with columns. It is accessed from the driveway by a red brick path.

This house was built in 1987 and has 5,139 square feet of living space into which the architect incorporated a climate-controlled wine cellar in the lower level, five fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, a first-floor guest suite and an attractive library that has a separate staircase into the master bedroom suite.

Some of the rooms are neutral in their color scheme, while others are as bright as the rainbow of colors that would appear in the facets of a cut diamond. The dining room has white raised paneling and chair railing on its lower walls. The upper portion of the walls is painted a vibrant blue. The fireplace in this room has attractive millwork above it with an ornate, decorative, carved wood wreath.

The library has a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets, exposed beams and a stone fireplace, which goes from floor to ceiling. This room also has a circular window, which is unusual in that it has panes of glass.

One of the more dramatic rooms is the family room, which sits at the rear of the house and features that towering Palladium window. This two-story room also has a red brick fireplace with an arched opening into the firebox and a balcony on the second floor. The recessed area created at the top of the Palladium window has a hand-painted, soothing painting of the sky and clouds, although the numerous and large windows in this house offer stellar views of the real thing.

There are hardwood floors throughout most of the house including the kitchen, which also features a multi-tiered center island; one tier is circular and creates a breakfast bar that can accommodate six stools. There is an Electrolux five-burner range top, an eat-in area and cabinets with glass-front doors. Just off the kitchen there is a study that has an L-shaped wood counter, desk and drawers.

The master bedroom is separated from the rest of the second floor bedrooms, providing ample privacy. It features a marble fireplace with a white wood mantle. The master bath will provide the feel of having a private spa. It has a marble floor and marble counters on the two separate vanities. Marble also encases the jetted tub and serves as the backsplash in the large steam shower. There is also a water closet and skylights.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial ADDRESS: 3 Diamond Lane, Westport PRICE: $1,995,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11 AMENITIES: climate-controlled wine cellar in lower level, in-ground heated Gunite swimming pool, 1.5-acre property in a private setting, at the end of a cul-de-sac, five fireplaces, water community, beach rights, large screened porch, patio, deck, first floor guest suite, exposed beams, built-ins, skylights, all window treatments, vaulted and nine-foot ceilings, central vacuuming system, security system, separate set of stairs to the master bedroom suite, marble baths, gourmet kitchen, automated lights, large laundry room with LG washer and dryer, cedar closets, landscaped perennial gardens OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, four full baths, three-car attached under house garage, full partially finished lower level, laundry room, zoned hot air oil heat, septic system, city water, attic, newer wood roof, all new mechanicals SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $1,526,400 TAX RATE: 14.850 mills TAXES: $22,667

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Jillian Klaff of Jillian Klaff Homes, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-858-2095 or email her at klaffj@raveisre.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 3 Diamond Lane, Westport

PRICE: $1,995,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

AMENITIES: climate-controlled wine cellar in lower level, in-ground heated Gunite swimming pool, 1.5-acre property in a private setting, at the end of a cul-de-sac, five fireplaces, water community, beach rights, large screened porch, patio, deck, first floor guest suite, exposed beams, built-ins, skylights, all window treatments, vaulted and nine-foot ceilings, central vacuuming system, security system, separate set of stairs to the master bedroom suite, marble baths, gourmet kitchen, automated lights, large laundry room with LG washer and dryer, cedar closets, landscaped perennial gardens

OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, four full baths, three-car attached under house garage, full partially finished lower level, laundry room, zoned hot air oil heat, septic system, city water, attic, newer wood roof, all new mechanicals

SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,526,400

TAX RATE: 14.850 mills

TAXES: $22,667