WESTPORT — The clean lines and sophisticated design in the colonial house at 75 Beachside Ave. work in concert to create an elegant yet casual ambience, and a perfect place for living and entertaining.

When the non-traditional beach house was under construction in 2007 it was a spec home. The current, and only owners of this house, recognized the possibilities of the home, property, and location in the Greens Farms neighborhood. They purchased it before construction was completed giving them an opportunity to work closely with the architect and builder to redesign the 12,309-square-foot house.

One of the owners is a noteworthy photographer and as such has an exquisite eye for detail, which is immediately evident in the architectural features and the decor. The owners’ input had the builder incorporate myriad custom details and whimsical touches throughout the house. The owners changed the light fixtures, the flooring, even the door knobs, which are now crystal. What had looked like a traditional New England house with one room designed to look like a hunting lodge, evolved into a sophisticated, contemporary beach house worthy of the pages of an architectural or interior design magazine.

In fact, this house has been featured in numerous magazines and it was a star attraction during one of the annual Near & Far Aid Designer House Tours when Jeanne Burris, then president of the non-profit organization, which targets poverty and changes lives in Fairfield County, referred to it as “a personality-rich house.” And it is.

The function and form of the house in itself are assets enough but this property is augmented with many additional features. It has a tennis court, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, hot tub, and fire pit. And, although the house is set so far back from the road on its 2.04-acre level property that it does not enjoy water views, it is really only steps from Long Island Sound. They do, however, have views of the Fourth of July fireworks over the Sound from their third floor octagonal covered porch. It is also walking distance to the Greens Farms Metro North train station. Inside, features include an elevator, wine cellar, full service bar, motorized window shades, walk-out lower level designed as “the ultimate man cave,” and other elements too numerous to mention.

Travel down the long driveway to the colonnaded and covered front entrance of this natural-colored shingle house with white trim. The paneled front door flanked by leaded glass sidelights and transom and niches for displays or sculpture. The door opens to a dramatic two-story foyer where there is the first of the home’s four fireplaces and a butterfly staircase. The library and family room have coffered ceilings and walls of built-in book-shelving and cabinetry.

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In the spacious gourmet kitchen features include a large center island with a Caesarstone counter, which puts them ahead of the curve. Many people are moving away from marble and granite to Caesarstone, quartzite or other materials for their easy maintenance and durability. The kitchen also features a Viking six-burner range with a pot-filler and Step down into the large octagonal breakfast room with paneled walls and mosaic tile flooring with a hint of sparkle — another design trend that is emerging. Mica-flecked wall covering in the cabana area of the mudroom is intended to echo the feel of the local beach.

The kitchen and breakfast room have French doors to the bluestone terraces, pool, and tennis court. In the formal dining room there is a deep tray ceiling and hand-painted and embroidered wall covering.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 75 Beachside Ave.

PRICE: $7,850,000


FEATURES: water community, beach rights, steps from the beach, tennis court, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, hot tub, elevator, proximity to Greens Farms Metro North train station, 2.04-acre level and fully fenced gated property, two bluestone terraces, fire pit, wine cellar, sauna, two in-home office spaces, four fireplaces, audio system, central vacuum system, balcony, sprinkler system, full finished walk-out lower level, wood shingle roof, attic, four-car attached garage, six bedrooms, eight full and four half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School

ASSESSMENT: $3,433,800

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $57,894

On the second floor, there is a solarium and a large studio space in addition to five of the home’s six bedrooms. The sixth, a guest suite, is on the main level. The cavernous, yet comfortable, master suite has a marble fireplace. Its spa-like marble bath has a radiant heated floor and steam shower and sauna. One of the dressing rooms has its own bath.

The lower level houses the bar, media room, wine cellar, and an exercise room with rubberized floor and mirrored wall.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Michelle Genovesi of Michelle&Company/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-454-HOME (4663).