The contemporary farmhouse at 15 Maplegrove Ave. in the Compo Beach area is as colorful and personable as the family that has lived there for the last 25 years. The brown shingle-style house offers character with the functionality of the new millennium and a clear, modern creative vision, according to its listing agent.

Within its 5,000 square feet of living space are vibrantly colored furniture and furnishings to augment the colorful design accents and artistic details throughout the house. The house is downright cosmopolitan with the bright, open living spaces infused with the works of noted French, German, Dutch, Italian and American designers.

The kitchen has a terracotta tile floor with hand-stained green wood cabinetry designed by Agnes Bourne of San Francisco, “who likes to touch space with light, color and innovation,” according to the listing agent. Bourne studied with Rudolph Schaeffer, a pioneer in the field of color theory. The backsplash comprises glass tiles interspersed with tiles containing a spiral motif, and the countertops are glazed lava-stone. Appliances include a Dacor range, double Thermador ovens and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

The color continues on the walls of the master bath, which resemble a piece of modern art with a field of blue mosaic tile against which are blocks of other colors also created with mosaics.

Even the banister is a work of art, very sculptural in its design as created by Ted Schleisman, a wooden boat builder from Ashland, Oregon. He shipped the hand-turned banister to Connecticut in two pieces and installed it in the house himself.

Built in 1926, the house sits on a parcel of three-quarters of an acre not far from the Saugatuck River and within walking distance of the Saugatuck train station, making for an easy commute. Residents can canoe, kayak and paddleboard from their access point on the river. The Westport Library, Levitt Pavilion and farmers market are also close by, and Compo Beach is an easy bike ride away.

There is a subtle water theme in the house. The first-floor half bath off the family and living rooms features photographic tile flooring of river rocks, and the fireplace in the family room is made of river rocks. This room also has a cathedral ceiling. Outside, the water theme continues with the heated, Gunite in-ground swimming pool.

Over the years, the current family has renovated the house making it airier and brighter. There are numerous skylights, and a welcoming white railed wrap-around porch that extends the interior living outside, where the yard is divided into three separate, fenced sections.

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STYLE: Contemporary farmhouse

ADDRESS: 15 Maplegrove Ave.

PRICE: $1,895,000


FEATURES: convenient walk to Saugatuck River and Saugatuck train station, deeded river access, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, stone patio, balcony/deck, retractable awning, porch, located on a cul-de-sac, 0.77-acre level and wooded lot, all window treatments, insulated windows, skylights, one fireplace, five bedrooms, five full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $839,300

MILL RATE: 18.09 mills

TAXES: $15,183

On the first floor the living and family rooms are open to each other, and the spacious kitchen has a separate preparation area that’s perfect for entertaining. The office has two walls of built-in bookshelves and two sets of French doors to the front porch. The living room has one set of French doors to the same porch. The formal dining room has French doors adorned with handles designed by Philippe Starck, the same man who designed a $300 million, 392-foot yacht for a Russian billionaire.

On the second floor the master suite has a cathedral ceiling, ceiling fan, a sitting room that could double as an office and a gym. The master bath also has lava rock counters, which are nearly indestructible. There is a long and spacious walk-in closet and a door to a private balcony. The house has another four bedrooms, three on the second level and one on the main level off the den, which could serve as an au pair or guest suite.

An open house will take place at the property on Sunday, July 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Cheryl Scott-Daniels of CSD Select Homes at 203-341-0100.