There is a hidden corner of Westport that houses a bit of the town's agricultural history at 34 Silent Grove.

The updated English stone cottage that sits on the 0.86-acre property there was built in 1930 and is one of the original Wakeman family homes.

The Wakeman family farmed the land off Cross Highway near North Avenue, and a portion of that land has become Wakeman Town Farm, which serves the Westport community as an educational demonstration center for sustainable living.

The entrance to Silent Grove is off Cross Highway directly across the street from the entrance for Wakeman Town Farm. The street lives up to its name. It is a quiet cul-de-sac, and this house is located near the end of it.

The putty-colored house has a stone and vinyl exterior and it is set back from the road, adding to its privacy.

The 1,973-square-foot house has a formal front entrance accessed from a wooden deck and then there is the more frequently used side entrance which is closer to the driveway. This entrance has a long covered porch with a slate floor.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Updated English stone cottage ADDRESS: 34 Silent Grove, Westport PRICE: $789,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 6 AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, walking distance to the Wakeman Town Farm and Bedford Middle School, quiet cul-de-sac, 0.86-acre level property, large screened porch wired for sound and cable, wood deck, two fireplaces, outdoor bluestone patio, skylights, zoned central air conditioning, built-in bookshelves, security system, exterior lighting, crown molding, room for expansion to the house OTHER INFORMATION: two bedrooms, three full baths, partial unfinished walk-out basement, off street parking, hot water oil heat, hardwood floors, walk-up attic, hardwood floors throughout, shed, septic system, city water SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $515,200 TAX RATE: 17.43 mills TAXES: $8,980

The front entrance accesses the living room, which has a stone fireplace and built-in cabinets and bookshelves.

Entering from the side takes you to a small foyer and into the kitchen and family room. This part of the house was added sometime after the original construction.

It also contains a full bath and a large screened porch, which is wired for sound and cable television.

The porch has a red brick floor and a ceiling fan. It looks out into the open, level backyard, which has ample room for flower beds and a swimming pool.

The yard is actually larger than it appears. Its perimeter of trees continues to the end of the property, which goes back to Hazelnut Road.

In the family room there is a skylight, paneling on the lower portion of the walls, chair railing, built-in cabinets and book-shelving and a fireplace with a tumbled marble surround and decorative white wood mantle with dentil molding.

It also features sliding French doors to a courtyard with a stone patio.

The propane that fuels the barbecue grill on this patio also fuels the range top in the kitchen and the clothes dryer on the lower level. The family room is open to the kitchen, separated only by an angled peninsula -- an extension of the counter, topped in granite.

Although the kitchen would be considered small by today's standards, it is well designed to maximize its efficiency. It has granite-topped counters, and the refrigerator is hidden behind paneling.

The dining room has chair railing and deep-set windows that are ideal for displays of statuary, vases of fresh flowers or houseplants in decorative pots.

On the second floor, there are two bedrooms, one of which could be used as an office.

This smaller bedroom has two skylights, built-in shelving and the staircase that leads to the attic.

Each step has a decorative molding border. The full bath accessed from the hallway has a tumbled marble floor.

The master bedroom suite has a vaulted ceiling, two long skylights with privacy shades and a Palladian window.

Its master bath has a hardwood floor, a large closet with organizers and white ceramic tiles on the lower portion of the wall, including a thin border of decorative white tiles with a leaf and vine design.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Wendy Tyler of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty at 203-856-9799 or email her at wtyler@wpsir.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Updated English stone cottage

ADDRESS: 34 Silent Grove, Westport

PRICE: $789,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 6

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, walking distance to the Wakeman Town Farm and Bedford Middle School, quiet cul-de-sac, 0.86-an acre level property, large screened porch wired for sound and cable, wood deck, two fireplaces, outdoor bluestone patio, skylights, zoned central air conditioning, built-in bookshelves, security system, exterior lighting, crown molding, room for expansion to the house

OTHER INFORMATION: two bedrooms, three full baths, partial unfinished walk-out basement, off street parking, hot water oil heat, hardwood floors, walk-up attic, hardwood floors throughout, shed, septic system, city water

SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $515,200

TAX RATE: 17.43 mills

TAXES: $8,980