Back in the 1920s, houses were built on or near Connecticut's attractive shoreline either for residents to enjoy as a summer home or year-round. Among them was a fashionable colonial house built in 1929 at 14 Roosevelt Road in Westport.

The 2,441-square-foot house is a fine example of a 1920s beach house. It has maintained its early-20th Century charm while also having many updates to accommodate 21st Century lifestyles.

It sits on a 0.17-acre property, but this is a case where size really doesn't matter. There is no need for a large yard when you have all of Compo Beach whenever you wish. This house is within easy walking distance of the beach, and for the boat-owner who might consider this as their next home, Westport's marina is at the end of the street.

Other nearby recreational facilities include Longshore Club, tennis courts, swimming pool and Compo Beach's skate park, volleyball and picnic area. The backyard offers a private respite from the public beach. Trade in the sand for a lush grass lawn and attractive shrubbery. Sit on the sizable wood deck to read and enjoy ocean breezes.

Relax on the front porch veranda, which has six white columns and a flooring of pressed concrete with a border of red brick. The house does have central air conditioning, but it would be needed only on those few dog days of summer when stifling air fails to move fast enough. Otherwise, the ocean breezes should suffice to cool off the house.

There is a small front lawn bisected by a red brick path to the front door. A pebble driveway leads to the one-car detached garage in the enclosed backyard, but there is also an off-street pebble parking area along the front of the property. On one side of the property a tall privet hedge separates it from the next door neighbor. On the other side an attractive row of holly bushes provides the line of demarcation.

The house is two-toned wood shingles, the lower half is white and the upper story is a dark gray with white trim around the windows.

Inside, the is an open flow between the foyer, living room and the formal dining room, the latter of which has an atrium-style wall, providing natural light and views into the backyard. The living room is bright with yellow paint on the walls, white trim around the windows and a fireplace of white brick that has been converted to accommodate a wood-burning stove.

A den or family room has built-in bookshelves, plantation shutters on the windows and two long, horizontal recessed areas that would be ideal for displays of decorative statues or photographs. This room provides access to the kitchen, which can also be entered through the dining room. There is also a half bath in this area of the house.

In a pass-through between the den and kitchen are a pantry closet and the General Electric refrigerator. Other appliances include a GE wall-mounted oven, GE range top and KitchenAid dishwasher.

The kitchen also features crown molding, a wet bar, white ceramic tile backsplash and the same ceramic tile flooring as that in the dining room. It also has an atrium-style eat-in area that mirrors the dining room. It's like eating in a greenhouse.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms on the second floor and three full baths. All three of the bedrooms have wood floors and crown molding. In the walk-up attic there are built-in bunk beds, bookshelves and a desk. There are exposed beams and wood paneling on the walls. The recessed area that holds the two bunk beds has wallpaper depicting sailboats in a marine style reminiscent of nautical maps from years gone by.

For more information, or to set up a private appointment to see the house, call Darlene Letersky of Coldwell Banker Real Estate at 203-227-8787.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 14 Roosevelt Road, Westport

PRICE: $1,675,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: Nine

AMENITIES: Easy walk to Compo Beach, front porch veranda, back deck, fireplace converted to accommodate a wood stove, atrium-like dining room, exposed beams, central air conditioning, hardwood floors throughout most of the house

OTHER DETAILS: Four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, one-car detached garage, full unfinished basement, walk-up attic, hot-air, zoned oil heat, sewer system, public water.

ASSESSMENT: $1,156,400

TAXES: $16,664 annually on the town's tax rate of 14.41 mills