France has its Riviera, Greece has its isles and Saugatuck Island has its stunning waterfront estate with a wealth of amenities.

The taupe-colored stone and shingle custom colonial house at 7 Sandpiper Road in the Saugatuck Shore neighborhood was designed by noted Westport architect Peter Cadoux, and the unobstructed view of Long Island Sound was designed by nature.

Built in 2007, this 0.68-acre waterfront property offers the best in luxury living indoors and out with a bit of European flair. It houses all the typical high-end features, but then takes it a couple of steps above and beyond with Crestron smart home technology, a mahogany-paneled elevator, electronic shades, magnetic pocket doors and retractable phantom screens that remain unseen until it’s time to slide them into place. The sprinkler system is also connected directly to all the outdoor decorative pots.

In addition to this home’s private beach there is also the neighborhood association’s beach, and when residents prefer fresh water to salt there is the heated, in-ground Gunite swimming pool and spa in the landscaped backyard. The extensive granite patios, terraces, and covered decks offer several choices for lounging and dining. There are two built-in Viking grills, one in the stone grotto, which has an outdoor fireplace, and one on the second floor, which is the main living level, on a balcony/deck off the formal dining room and family room and accessed via three sets of sliding doors.

From the grotto there is access to an indoor cabana with kitchen amenities, marble full bath, mudroom and the first of two laundry rooms. The cabana features a river stone backsplash, stainless steel hammered sink and the first of the home’s three dishwashers for all the entertaining one is likely to do.

Inside the 6,126-square-foot house the attention to detail is found not just in the main rooms, but in secondary rooms and ancillary spaces. The dramatic front-to-back entrance foyer has patterned slate flooring and a barrel ceiling in one area while the three-story open stairwell is topped with a cupola. Even a powder room has marble fish scale tiles and a good-leaf ceiling.

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STYLE: Custom Colonial

ADDRESS: 7 Sandpiper Road

PRICE: $7,995,000


FEATURES: direct waterfront, private beach, unobstructed sweeping views of Long Island Sound from almost every room, outdoor fireplace and three others, outdoor dining areas, elevator, Gunite in-ground swimming pool and spa, built-in grill, sizable granite patio, generator, balconies/decks, skylights, audio system, central vacuum system, two laundry rooms, walking distance to Cedar Point Yacht Club, four bedrooms, five full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $3,151,100

MILL RATE: 18.09 mills

TAXES: $57,003

There are two bedrooms, both en suite, on the ground floor. Upstairs, the family room has a fireplace and above it is a plasma flat-screen television in a picture frame, built-in window seat and bookshelves. The fireplace has a patterned slate surround and an elongated red brick herringbone firebox. The ceiling is a deep tray with a subtle coffered affect. Off this room is a sizable screened porch above the stone grotto. It also has a fireplace.

In the gourmet kitchen there is a two-tiered limestone center island with a six-burner Viking range and large hammered stainless hood above it. The perimeter counters are also limestone. There is a pantry and casual dining built-in banquet. In the dining room there is a large wine cooler and built-in buffet.

In a private wing is the master suite with a vaulted ceiling, a rounded wall with a window seat, fireplace, door to the balcony/deck with the grill and his-and-hers marble baths with radiant heat floors.

A third-floor media room was created to resemble the interior of a yacht. It has fold-up ships beds, sort of murphy bed-style, a movie screen, open deck and a nautically themed full bath.

Although the whole house is heated with propane gas, one of the fireplaces is wood-burning. The three-car attached garage has two tandem bays.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Pat Abagnale at 203-858-1576 or, or Bobbie Poeltl Abagnale at 203-240-9537,, both of Halstead Property.