WESTPORT — Get a bright start to the New Year in the classic colonial house at 12 Sunnyside Lane.

The almost three-acre level property is in a rural part of the Coleytown neighborhood near the border of Fairfield. It is seemingly miles from civilization, yet it is only five miles from the center of Westport and 6.5 miles from downtown Fairfield, a comfortable distance to allow for quietude and convenience.

An aerial view of the property underscores its remote location surrounded by a thicket of mature trees. There are original fieldstone walls across the front yard, with stone columns marking the entrance into the long, gravel, circular driveway. The driveway has Belgium block curbing and ample space for guests’ vehicles in the parking courtyard, which will come in handy when entertaining. A bluestone walkway passes a row of mature cherry trees and accesses the steps that lead to the covered and colonnaded mahogany front porch of the white clapboard house with a stylish gambrel roof.

The 9,074-square-foot house was custom built in 2005 by the owner, and it was given a wealth of attractive features, including an elevator that accesses all three levels, 10-foot ceilings on the first and second floors, and Sonos music system throughout with ceiling speakers in most rooms and individual volume controls in each room. It has a playful feature rarely found in a residence. In the foyer there is a door to the “play tunnel” — a large blue tube slide that brings the rider down to the full finished lower level.

In the backyard of the 2.72-acre property there is a 20-by-40-foot heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool with an electric safety cover, a fully enclosed vegetable garden, and a formal English garden with peonies, box hedges, and other perennials. There is plenty of room to add a pool house and a tennis court.

The house complies with guidelines set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among its accessibility features, in addition to the elevator, are ramps to and from the garage and from the screened sun porch to the backyard deck. On the second floor there is an in-law or au pair suite with a living room, bedroom and a wheelchair-accessible bath.

From the front porch the door is topped with a transom and opens into the two-story foyer, which has custom paneling with silk wallpaper above it. The true center hall colonial has French doors at the back of the foyer that access the Trex deck, backyard and pool. Above the entryways into rooms off the foyer there are interior transoms. There are floor-to-ceiling windows in the formal living and dining rooms. The dining room and office have doors to the front porch. The family and living rooms have French doors to the back deck. The office has custom built-in bookshelves.

The living and family rooms have wood-burning fireplaces; the living room’s has a classic wood mantel and honed Absolut Black surround and hearth. The dining room has a custom built-in breakfront china cabinet, a coffered ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace with a gas starter and pocket doors to the butler’s pantry. The pantry has a stainless steel sink with polished chrome faucet and water purifier, a mahogany ogee-edged countertop with under-counter storage and a Marvel wine refrigerator.

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Also on the first floor is a media, game or play room with a retractable screen in the ceiling and ceiling-mounted projector and French doors to the deck. Bi-fold French doors separate this room from the living room. The screened porch has a stone fireplace.

In the gourmet kitchen the features include two center islands, Carrara marble counters, farmhouse-style porcelain sink, beveled edge subway tile and Calacatta Gold marble mini brick backsplash, double planning desks with wood tops and access to the breakfast room. High-end appliances include a 36-inch Viking Professional six-burner gas cooktop with pot filler, 35-inch Viking Professional double wall ovens, built-in Gaggenau steamer, and a 48-inch Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator and freezer with custom wood-paneled front.

On the second floor there are six bedrooms. The master bedroom suite has a gas log, double-sided fireplace, neutral wall-to-wall carpeting, a built-in reading nook with shelves and French doors to a Juliet-style balcony looking over the pool and yard. The dressing room has pocket doors into two walk-in closets with custom shelving, drawers, rods and shoe storage. The master bath features a Carrara marble floor with Absolut Black granite diamond inserts, a shower with a mosaic stone floor, jetted tub, double custom vanities with marble tops and framed mirrors, and a make-up table with antique mirrored top. The other side of the fireplace opens into the master bath.

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STYLE: Custom classic colonial

ADDRESS: 12 Sunnyside Lane

PRICE: $2,950,000


FEATURES: elevator, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, 2.72-acre level property, generator, bluestone patio, Trex deck, covered porches, fenced vegetable garden, formal English garden, irrigation system, pergola, storage shed, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant home, Sonos music system throughout, smart home technology, oak hardwood flooring throughout, four fireplaces, circular stone driveway, asphalt basketball play area, skylights, insulated double-hung windows, balconies, attached three-car garage, private well water, room for a tennis court, zoned heating and air conditioning, full finished lower level, attic, six bedrooms, seven full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,561,600

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $26,329

The lower level features a seating area preplumbed for a wet bar, wine room, art studio area, multiple storage closets, a ballet barre and mirror, and a full bath.

For information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Leslie Clarke of Leslie Clarke Homes/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-984-1856 or leslie@leslieclarkhomes.com.