WESTPOT — In this holiday season of giving, prospective homebuyers should think about giving themselves a Christmas present ... and future in the cream-colored colonial house at 4 Christmas Lake Lane.

Unwrap this 3,347-square-foot gift that radiating New England charm by driving down the long ribbon of gravel driveway and opening the front door to this 11-room house. The house is a gift in itself and it offers its owner a gift that continues to give throughout the year: A large, legal, income-producing, one-bedroom apartment that would cover the taxes and then some.

Although this house does not sit along the water, it does enjoy seasonal views of the street’s namesake: Christmas Lake. The house was built in 1928 in the Red Coat section of Westport, a location that makes it very convenient to the Merritt Parkway at Exit 41. It is within very easy walking distance to the Country Store & Delicatessen and is only minutes to the Westport-Weston Family YMCA. The shops and restaurants in the centers of Westport and Weston are not far, nor is the Saugatuck train station.

While the name of the street evokes the winter and holiday time of year, this house features interesting shutters that serve as a reminder of the coming spring and warm weather with it. These taupe-colored shutters have cut-outs depicting butterflies, one on each shutter. Most decorative shutters have more typical design elements such as a tree or a half moon.

The front door is topped by a transom and opens into a hallway that separates the main living rooms from the wing that houses the master bedroom suite. The large wing contains a spacious two-story living room with a vaulted ceiling, exposed natural barn beams on the ceiling and walls, wide-planked hardwood floor, and a gas log fireplace. A long balcony on the second floor looks down into the living room. A Dutch door leads from the living room to a large screened porch, which can also be accessed from a second Dutch door in the formal dining room.

In the eat-in kitchen there are granite counters, a center island, a built-in wine rack, and a pass-through into the dining room, which is quite helpful during holiday meals and when entertaining. The dining room also has a built-in, glass-front china cabinet. Off the kitchen there is a mudroom with a sink and a space that serves as the combination laundry room and butler’s pantry with cabinetry, a granite counter, and sink. A door leads outside to a slate patio.

The master bedroom has a sitting area, two closets — one of which is walk-in and has organizers, and private full bath. This wing has a second room with flexible use. It could serve as a nursery, playroom or office. On the second floor there are two bedrooms and a shared full bath. One of the bedrooms has a window that opens to the interior balcony.

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The in-law, au pair, or legal apartment is above the attached three-car garage and has a separate entrance from the door in the mudroom and also from the garage. This apartment has a large great room with a tall vaulted ceiling, floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace with a raised hearth, a kitchen with granite counters and a dry bar, full bath, and a bedroom with a wall of built-in cabinets, drawers, and shoe cubbies. French doors open from the great room to the large raised deck. Another wall contains two closets.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Judith Re’Morgan of Jeanette Dryburgh & Associates/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-545-0610 or Judith.re@raveis.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 4 Christmas Lake Lane

PRICE: $799,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

FEATURES: 2.03-acre level property, corner lot, located on a private cul-de-sac, legal income-producing one-bedroom apartment, generator, interior balcony, seasonal views of Christmas Lake, slate patio, large raised deck/balcony, large screened porch, storm doors and windows, walking distance to the Country Store & Delicatessen, easy access to the Merritt Parkway, only minutes to the Westport-Weston Family YMCA, easy commuting distance to the centers of Westport and Weston, two fireplaces, first floor master bedroom, irrigation system, canine electric fence, shed, exterior lighting, cable - available/pre-wired, ceiling fans, stone wall, attached three-car garage, central air conditioning, zoned oil heat, partial unfinished walk-out basement, attic, five bedrooms, three full baths

SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $746,100

TAX RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $12,579