WESTPORT — The dawn of a new day, a new life, can start in the gray custom-built contemporary colonial house at 14 Dawn Drive.

Back in 1980 when this house was constructed the designer and builder anticipated some of the features that are so important now, including an open floor plan, tall ceilings, lots of windows to bring in natural light, and balconies and decks to extend the living space to the outdoors.

The current family took that vision even further, adding energy efficient features like insulated windows, an automatic whole house generator run by propane, and a new furnace, which was installed in 2013. It is possible to hook up the propane tanks for a gas stove in the kitchen or outdoor grill. They upgraded the kitchen and added lifestyle amenities like the hot tub in the sunroom, which allows for year-round use.

As an added bonus the location provides this house and property much privacy and convenience. The house sits on a property of 2.18 acres on a cul-de-sac in the Hunt Club neighborhood. A dense border of trees and shrubbery maximizes the privacy. Yet, the house is close to the borders of Westport and Fairfield and all the amenities available in both towns from the shops and restaurants along the Post Road (Rt. 1) to the train stations. This house is not far from the Greens Farms Metro North station.

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The cedar, stone, and wood house has 4,240 square feet of living space and an additional 500 square feet in a bonus room above the garage with a full bath and built-in shelving. The house is set back from the road and it has French doors giving it a wide entrance. The doors are adorned in decorative leaded glass and they open to the foyer, which has a marble floor designed by the architect. The updated powder room has an imported sink.

The flow from room to room is perfect for entertaining and comfortable family living. The living room has a vaulted wood ceiling, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, Palladium window, and track lighting. It is open to the formal dining room, which has a wall of windows and sliding doors to a large mahogany deck. Sliders in the family room and kitchen access this same deck.

In the kitchen features include natural quartzite stone counters called White Fantasy. This is an up-and-coming kitchen material, which puts this family ahead of the curve. “It couples the beauty of marble with the durability of granite… It truly is the best of both worlds. Some people describe it as looking at an icy arctic ocean … cool, clean and natural,” according to colonialmarble.net.

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TYPE OF HOUSE: Custom-built Contemporary Colonial

ADDRESS: 14 Dawn Drive

PRICE: $1,449,000


FEATURES: located on a cul-de-sac, 2.18-acre open and wooded property, generator, wet bar, central vacuum system, Thermopane insulated windows, skylight, some window treatments, ceiling fans, ridge vents, storm doors, two fireplaces, balcony, deck, exterior lighting, red brick patio, porch, hot tub, attached two-car garage, attic, full unfinished basement, new furnace in 2013, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $944,700

TAX RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $15,928

The kitchen floor comprises Italian Linea Newstone London Gray tile, which is also durable and, unlike most tiles this one does not get cold so feet stay comfortable. Appliances include a Viking refrigerator, Electrolux double ovens and Dacor range top. There is an eat-in area with a beverage refrigerator that opens to the family room, where there is a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with a floating slate hearth and beamed ceiling.

Even though the sunroom is not heated family members may want to spend time there, particularly in winter months. The skylights and hot tub may keep it from getting cold. It has a cathedral ceiling, Mexican tile floor, wet bar, walls of windows and sliders on all three walls to a wrap-around deck. The current owners call this their “party room.”

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms. The master suite has sliders to a private deck and its Calacatta Crema marble bath has some high-end features like a dual-flush toilet, an Infinity programmable, time-controlled towel warmer, and an electric mirror de-fogger. There is a decorative, oval stained glass window above the toilet and a custom basket weave rug pattern and other accents in the marble floor. There are Casablanca ceiling fans and wall-to-wall carpeting in all four bedrooms.

Outside, the backyard is very secluded and its extensively refurbished gardening and landscaping is quite attractive.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Elaine Arnow of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-227-4343 or elaine.arnow@raveis.com. Visit her website for more information at ElaineArnow.raveis.com.