FAIRFIELD — Nature’s peace abounds on the half-acre waterfront property at 163 Harbor Road in the picturesque and historic village of Southport, where the waters of the Mill River and Southport Harbor meet, and shore birds and other waterfowl gracefully glide in the air and across the water’s surface.

The meditative sound of the local waterfall and the attractive 180-degree views of the harbor enhance the appeal of the 2,401-square-foot cedar shingle colonial cottage.

It sits on a corner lot by the Tide Mill River Bridge within walking distance of the Pequot Yacht Club, Southport Village, and the Metro-North train station. It is within minutes of the Post Road (Route 1) shops and restaurants, the entrance to I-95, Southport Beach, the Pequot Library, the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, and Delamar Luxury Hotel.

On the other side of the harbor is the Country Club of Fairfield golf greens, which are visible from the water side of the house.

Sunshine pours through the wall-to-wall windows of this nine-room gray house with white trim. All but one of the rooms have water views of the harbor and Long Island Sound. Sit on the long wood deck to relax by the water and enjoy the sight of herons, egret, and swans, the ever-changing vignettes of nature, and the rise and fall of the tides. This house also enjoys a private dock from which to launch a boat. That boat can serve as a front row seat to the annual Blessing of the Fleet in June and the Independence Day fireworks each July.

The semi-circular driveway provides ample off street parking in addition to the attached two-car garage. That will come in handy for the guests who will want to visit for picnics and special occasions.

A bluestone path leads to the covered front porch and the door framed by sidelights. The door opens to reveal a house that was built in 1958 with an anticipatory look toward the future. The interior has an open floor plan quite suited to contemporary living and entertaining.

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The formal living room has a fireplace and is open to the formal dining room. In turn, the dining room is open to the spacious family room, which features a fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and lower cabinets, and the sunroom, which has three walls of windows, a tall cathedral ceiling, and two separate doors to the deck on opposite walls.

In the good-sized gourmet kitchen, there are three granite counters and backsplashes, glass-front cabinetry, double porcelain sinks, and a five-burner gas range top. It also has a door to the deck. There are four bedrooms in this home, all of them are en suite.

The spacious first floor master suite has a sitting area, walk-in closet, and a private bath with a double vanity, walk-in shower, a soaking tub, and plantation shutters on the window. The master also features a wall of built-in dresser drawers. A guest bedroom on the main living level could be used instead as an office or study. It has two windows with plantation shutters.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 163 Harbor Road

PRICE: $1,885,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9

FEATURES: water community, direct waterfront property, water views of Southport Harbor exclusive private dock: walking distance to the Pequot Yacht Club, Southport Village, Metro North train station, and the Pequot Library; not far from Southport Beach, easy access to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1), 0.31-acre level and sloping property, located in a historic district, corner lot, bluestone patio, deck, porch, storm windows and doors, open floor plan, cable - pre-wired, 2018 survey available with elevation certificate, two fireplaces, stone wall, exterior lighting, semi-circular driveway, skylights, partially finished attic, zoned central air conditioning and natural gas heat, 50-gallon hot water tank, basement crawl space, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $1,712,410

TAX RATE: 26.36 mills

TAXES: $45,139

On the second floor there are two more bedrooms, one of them has a combination tub and shower, and the other has a shower stall.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Martha Neale Eidman of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-981-7272 or Martha.Eidman@coldwellbankermoves.com