WESTPORT — The words that best describe the buttercream yellow shingle colonial house at 18 Dawn Drive is “relaxed elegance” according to its owners who have enjoyed living on this serene county estate at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.

The 13-room house sits on a nearly two-acre park-like property looking over a large pond with fountains on the sprawling front lawn. The pond is perfect for ice skating and pick up hockey games in winter. In warm weather months the pond invites observation of birds or simple relaxation.

The neighborhood borders the town of Fairfield making this property convenient to shopping, restaurants and other amenities in both Westport and Fairfield. It was originally built in 1980 and was completely renovated in 2008 to update it for today’s living standards.

A long circular driveway lined in Belgium block leads to the attached three-car garage and a bluestone path, also lined in Belgium block, leads to the covered front entrance. The front door is flanked by sidelights and opens into the two-story foyer, which has Venetian plaster walls, wainscoting on the lower walls, and a hardwood floor in a herringbone pattern with a double border of darker wood.

Inside, there are six bedrooms, a custom gourmet kitchen, a home theater, gym with a sauna, and high-end details throughout its 7,377 square feet of living space. To the left of the foyer is the formal living room, which features a marble fireplace and vaulted ceiling with two skylights. Its flooring, and that of the formal dining room, is also framed by the double dark wood border. The first floor billiard room has Venetian plaster walls and a marble fireplace, its decorative mantel depicting dentil molding. In the elegant dining room there is a coffered ceiling, wainscoting on the lower walls, and a recessed area for floral arrangements or art displays.

The eat-in kitchen features a vaulted ceiling, large center island with a breakfast bar, ogee-edged granite counters, custom cabinetry trimmed with dentil molding, white ceramic subway tile backsplash, and a farm sink. A decorative white ceramic tile backsplash sits behind the six-burner range, which has a grill and double ovens. The side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer are hidden behind the cabinetry paneling. The open breakfast area has a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass panes and a door to the expansive bluestone patio, where there is a bar area and a stone fire pit. These elements combine to create an outdoor entertaining hub.

Off the kitchen there is a sizable mudroom with mini brown slate tile flooring, built-in cubbies and a bench, and a door to the covered side entrance. This wing of the house also has a full bath with a shower and laundry room with a sink.

On the second floor, there are five bedrooms. One portion of the long hallway has ample floor-to-ceiling shelving for books, displays of art, and family photos. This is a clever use of space that is often wasted. The master suite features a vaulted ceiling and a spacious master bath with a jetted tub, double vanity, and a large shower. The marble floor has a basket-weave pattern.

A third floor family room has something for everyone including a media or theater room and a game or play room with a wall of built-in cabinetry and a window seat.

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This home also has a large gym with mirrored walls and a tall vaulted ceiling.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Michelle Genovesi of Michelle&Company/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-227-4343 or Michelle.Genovesi@Raveis.com.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 18 Dawn Drive

PRICE: $1,995,000


FEATURES: 1.82-acre level property, pond, water views, located on a cul-de-sac, bluestone patio, fire pit, billiard room, home theater, gym, sauna, circular driveway, skylights, zoned heating system, attached three-car garage, basement crawl space, six bedrooms, six full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,537,800

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $25,927