A hilltop estate at 5 Longview Road in Westport boasts a panoramic view of Long Island Sound and gives the feeling of being perched in the hills of California.

Indeed, the street is appropriately named. It does provide a long view. The striking modern contemporary house provides views of the Saugatuck shores in one direction and Cockenoe Island in the other.

Built in 1969, this house sits on a one-acre park-like property that includes attractive, professional landscaping with many specimen plantings, an ivy-covered archway that leads from the upper to the lower gardens, an in-ground Gunite pool, a large bluestone patio and two pergolas covered in grape vines. Perimeter fencing adds to the privacy of the setting and also serves to keep out the deer.

It is not just the amenities of the house and gated property that make this estate so attractive. It is also within walking distance of Compo Beach and the Longshore Club Park.

This is a 5,193-square-foot house surrounded by natural "artwork," from its own gardens to the Sound views, which look different every day depending on the lighting and weather conditions. On hazy days it is difficult to distinguish the sky from the sea. Numerous windows bring the natural "art" and light into the house, making both the view and the light an integral part of the interior space. The ample walls of this house lend themselves to displays of man-made art.

The house itself resembles a work of art. Its shape and coloring are reminiscent of the 1921 painting Composition with Red, Yellow, Blue and Black by Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian. The exterior is vertical cedar siding in a color called Midnight, a smoky, dark gray with a starkly contrasting bright yellow front door and red chimney.

The back of the house curves, as if to embrace the property and the nearby coastline. In the front, there is a circular, paved driveway and a wide apron of paving stones leading to the front entrance, which includes a covered porch.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Contemporary ADDRESS: 5 Longview Road, Westport PRICE: $3,395,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11 AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, walking distance to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, panoramic view of Long Island Sound, gated property, in-ground Gunite pool, cabana, two pergolas, professional landscaping with numerous flower beds and specimen plantings, convenient to public amenities, one acre lot, gourmet kitchen, Rutt cabinetry, two fireplaces, central air conditioning, bluestone patio, exterior lighting, security system, skylights, generator, new roof OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, five full and one half baths, attached two-car garage, full partially finished lower level with walk-out to patio and pool, forced air oil heat, shed, laundry room, septic system, city water, circular driveway, open porch SCHOOL: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $1,413,700 TAX RATE: 14.850 mills TAXES: $27,007

Inside, there is an open floor plan with a spacious great room that has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and a vaulted ceiling. The dining room has a door to an upper level bluestone patio. The kitchen has been updated and features a white ceramic tile floor, granite counter, eat-in section, Rutt cabinetry, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Thermador double, wall-mounted ovens, and Bosch dishwasher.

The master bedroom has two walk-in closets, one considerably larger than the other and both with organizers. The master bath features a steam shower, a jetted tub and a double vanity topped with a granite counter.

In a separate wing there are two more bedrooms. Both have their own full baths and skylights. There is also a den, which could be used as an office. It has the second of the home's two fireplaces.

The lower level provides access to another patio and the pool. This finished portion of the lower level serves as a "party room" and cabana. A full bath in this part of the house is ideal for those who want to freshen up after swimming in the pool or gardening. There is also a kitchen area with a stainless sink and Frigidaire range.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house call Alexander Chingas of the Riverside Realty Group at 203-451-0081 or email him at alex@alexchingas.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Contemporary

ADDRESS: 5 Longview Road, Westport

PRICE: $3,395,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, walking distance to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, panoramic view of Long Island Sound, gated property, in-ground Gunite pool, cabana, two pergolas, professional landscaping with numerous flower beds and specimen plantings, convenient to public amenities, one acre lot, gourmet kitchen, Rutt cabinetry, two fireplaces, central air conditioning, bluestone patio, exterior lighting, security system, skylights, generator, new roof

OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, five full and one half baths, attached two-car garage, full partially finished lower level with walk-out to patio and pool, forced air oil heat, shed, laundry room, septic system, city water, circular driveway, open porch

SCHOOL: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,413,700

TAX RATE: 14.850 mills

TAXES: $27,007