WESTPORT — The National Audubon Society places Great Meadows Marsh in eastern Fairfield County among the best birding sites in the country labeling it a “globally important bird area.” Only 12 miles to the west along the gold coast in Westport there is another great place for birds - and people, at 12 Hedley Farms Road.

This address is located on a parcel of land only about a block from Long Island Sound and walking distance to Southport Beach in neighboring Fairfield. The property itself has an off white-colored stucco contemporary house that sits along Ardel Pond, which attracts incredible birds - particularly in the summer season. The surrounding property is conservation land protected under the auspices of Connecticut Audubon Society, the oldest, continuously operating conservation organization in Connecticut.

Although Long Island Sound is close it is not in view from the 11-room house, although the pond can be seen from almost every room. Tall walls of glass in many of the rooms allow for pond and bird views while visually inviting the outdoors inside. While most birders have to travel to enjoy their bird-watching hobby the residents of this house can do it from the comfort of their living room sofa or the patios or balconies throughout the house. At any given moment they can find blue herons and egrets standing majestically in the sun or on the hunt for fish in the pond.

As one might imagine the number of windows and their size also invite inside a great deal of natural light, which is ideal for artists as the current owner is.

The two-acre property is at the end of a cul-de-sac on a private road in the Greens Farms neighborhood so it feels quite secluded despite its proximity to stores, restaurants and the Greens Farms and Southport train stations in both Westport and Fairfield.

The 4,664-square-foot house boasts a dramatic two and a half story foyer. The floor plan is open for today’s lifestyle. Off the foyer are two separate wings of the house. One contains a half bath, a circular staircase to the second floor, laundry room, and access to the two-car attached garage. The other side contains the two-story living room, kitchen, dining room, and sitting room.

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Step down into the living room, which has a fireplace, wall-to-wall carpeting, and two walls of tall windows topped with another set of wide square windows on the second floor level. The den or sitting room next to it has a shelf for books, displays of art work or media equipment. It also has sliding doors to a concrete patio. From there step down to another patio where there is a Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool. The upper patio just off the den has a cabana room with a full bath and plenty of room for storage of pool equipment.

The dining room has a bleached hardwood floor and sliding doors to a wood deck. The kitchen features include a white ceramic tile floor, Corian counters, a large center island with a Gaggenau cook top, and double stainless sinks. Floating cabinets separate the prep part of the kitchen from a breakfast room, which has a rounded wall of glass cubes and an L-shaped banquette. A dry bar sits between the den and breakfast room.

There is also a first floor master bedroom suite with wall-to-wall carpeting, floor-to-ceiling windows, tons of closets, and a dressing area. The cavernous master bath has coral-colored marble floors, shower stall, steam sauna, and a rounded alcove of rectangular glass cubes that houses a sunken soaking tub. A skylight above the tub floods this area with natural light.

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STYLE: Contemporary

ADDRESS: 12 Hedley Farms Road

PRICE: $2,495,000


FEATURES: pond, pond views, located at the end of a cul-de-sac, walk to Southport Beach, located on a private road, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, 2.01-acre level and partially fenced property, bluestone patio, balconies, decks, proximity to Greens Farms Metro North train stations, only minutes to shopping in Westport and Fairfield, front and rear staircases, skylights, two fireplaces, loft, steam sauna, two-car attached garage, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,377,300

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $23,221

On the second floor there are two loft areas. The first is a large room that could be a family or media room. It has a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, a wall of built-in bookshelves and a sliding door to a private wood deck/balcony. The second loft area looks down into the living room. It also has a long wall of built-in bookshelves that the family calls their library. This level also has three bedrooms and a large art studio with two skylights, two built-in desk areas, counter space, and shelving. In this area and throughout the house there are lots of nooks and crannies and lots of storage closets and spaces.

Two of the bedrooms share a Jack and Jill-style bath and both have sliding doors to a shared balcony looking over the pond.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Merrily Eisnitz of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties at 203-912-7312 or meisnitz@bhhsne.com.