WESTPORT — Westport’s waterfront provides a scenic backdrop for the residents whose houses dot the shore, painting for them a different picture every day, depending on the weather on any given day.

Old Mill Pond, also known as Compo Cove and Sherwood Mill Pond, is a tidal pond on Long Island Sound, a coastal sanctuary for more than 70 species of birds and aquatic life and the local residents who call it home. This magical place inspired local author and artist Judy Katz to visit almost every day for decades. Her paintings of Old Mill Pond are captured in her book, “the beautiful POND” (Two Birds Press). It also inspired architect Roger Bartels to design the sand-colored stucco colonial house at 32 Edgewater Hillside, which was built in 2007 and enjoys 122 feet of direct water frontage on the pond. Residents can go kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing right from their yard.

Bartels was honored with a Home Building Industry, or HOBI, Award for Best Custom Home for his design of this 3,236-square-foot house, which was featured in Architectural Digest for best custom build. Each room has a water view.

The house sits on a 0.35-acre level property on a private cul-de-sac steps from Old Mill Beach and within easy walking distance of Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park. The Saugatuck train station, shops and restaurants are minutes away. The property is beautifully landscaped with a variety of sea grasses, hydrangeas, roses, peonies and other plantings appropriate to the coastal conditions.

Enter the house from the rounded door with rustic hardware and step into the casually sophisticated living space. There are Brazilian mahogany floors throughout. Some of the walls are adorned in shiplap, and the wood ceilings have various treatments. In the kitchen the ceiling is cerused, or bleached.

The two-story foyer has French doors to a small wood deck. The living room features a poured concrete fireplace flanked by built-in window seats, each with a small bookshelf, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows from which to enjoy the spectacular view. The gourmet kitchen, eat-in area, and family room are all open one to the other. The family room has a stone fireplace and built-in cabinetry. In the kitchen there is a center island and perimeter counters topped in marble, a farm sink and high-end appliances including a Wolf six-burner range with a grill.

On the second floor there are three bedrooms, all en suite. At the top of the stairs a wide landing has a long built-in window seat, another great vantage point from which to take in the view. French doors lead into the luxurious master suite, where there is a marble fireplace, decorative timber truss exposed wood beams, two closets and French doors to a Juliet-style balcony. Another set of French doors leads into the spa-like master bath, which has two separate vanities, a soaking tub, shower and frosted glass water closet. Yet another set of French doors leads into a turret with an octagonal ceiling that houses a gym with a rubberized floor.

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On the other side of this floor there is a sitting room, laundry room and two bedrooms. The baths in both rooms have limestone counters and rounded walls in the shower area. One bath has a combo tub/shower. The other shower has small stone flooring.

For information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Judy Michaelis of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-247-5000 or judy@judymichaelis.com.

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TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 32 Edgewater Hillside

PRICE: $2,599,000


FEATURES: waterfront property, water community, panoramic water views, dock/mooring approval in place, HOBI Award-winning home, Energy Star-rated, 0.35-acre level property, located on a private cul-de-sac, steps from Old Mill Beach, walking distance to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, convenient to town and train, tankless hot water, gym with rubberized flooring, audio system, sprinkler system, exterior lighting, patio, balcony, three fireplaces, central vacuum system, semicircular driveway, wood shingle roof, zoned heating and air conditioning, attached one-car garage, three bedrooms all en suite, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,669,800

TAX RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $28,153