WESTPORT — Among the many desirable neighborhoods within the town of Westport there is a handful where its many children can still ride bicycles and play basketball; an old-fashioned neighborhood with a mix of young families just starting out, established families, and those who have downsized.

In that Coleytown neighborhood, which is immediately welcoming according to the co-listing agents there is a custom colonial house at 12 Calumet Road that stands out because it was dramatically and beautifully transformed. When it was first built in 1950 the house was a raised ranch like many of the other houses on this street. In 2000 it was torn completely down and rebuilt from the foundation up. That project created a 3,446-square-foot house with nine rooms, four bedrooms, and everything needed to accommodate a comfortable lifestyle.

Its amenities are as desirable as the neighborhood, starting with its location. This house is within walking distance of shops along Main Street including Coffee an’ Donut Shop, 323 bar and restaurant, a dry cleaners, hardware store, and liquor store. Downtown Westport is only a 30 minute walk, were someone so inclined, and only a six-minute drive away.

The house is very nicely sited on a knoll on its 0.59-acre level and landscaped parcel, which includes an English garden, manicured shrubbery, mature trees, and a white picket fence. It is set so far back from the street that it allows for attractive views of the setting - lots of trees and sky. Its position also allows for a great amount of natural light to illuminate all its rooms. Pull into the gravel driveway and walk up its stone and slate steps to the covered front porch of this grayish beige shingle house.

The door opens to a spacious foyer with a deep coat closet. There is an easy flow from room to room with all paths leading to the kitchen, the hub of the house. The positioning of windows in the sort of modern day turret, which houses the staircase to the second floor, allows for attractive views of the setting.

To the left is the formal living room, which leads into the formal dining room where there is paneling on the lower walls. From there enter into the gourmet kitchen. To the right of the foyer there is an office with built-in bookshelves, a family room, and a full bath. The family room has a fireplace and sliding doors that lead to the covered wood deck and bluestone patio in the backyard where there is an outdoor fireplace, barbecue, and a stone sitting wall. On a beautiful day, the family members can bring the outside in by leaving the French doors open, the listing agents said.

In the kitchen there is a farm sink, center island, honed granite counters, an eat-in area, pantry, and a pot-filler above the range.

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On the second floor the master bedroom suite has French doors to a private balcony, a walk-in closet, and a bath with a steam shower, wood floor, jetted tub, and double vanity. Two bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill-style bath, and then there is a hall bath and a fourth bedroom with a window seat. One of the bathrooms has a white ceramic tile backsplash and open shelving for linens.

The finished third level has a flexible use bonus room, which could be a playroom or an art studio or another office. It has a built-in desk, a long built-in seat, and attic storage.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Kecia Von der Ahe or Eileen Lawrence of Halstead Property; Von der Ahe at 818-590-7374 or KVonderAhe@Halstead.com, and Lawrence at 203-984-1913 or elawrence@halstead.com.

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STYLE: Custom Colonial

ADDRESS: 12 Calumet Road

PRICE: $1,389,000


FEATURES: 0.59-acre level lot, located on a cul-de-sac, balcony, fruit trees, garden area, exterior lighting, covered wood deck, bluestone patio, covered front porch, one interior fireplace, outdoor fireplace, storage shed, proximity to downtown Westport, walking distance to some amenities, skylight, mudroom, attached two-car under house garage, partial fully finished basement, attic, room for an in-ground swimming pool, four bedrooms, four baths

SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High School

ASSESSMENT: $933,400

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $15,737