Love comes in many forms — not just the romantic kind, but love for family, too. A loving family will love the lovingly maintained light-gray clapboard Colonial with dark-gray shutters at 16 Salem Lane in the Roseville/North Avenue neighborhood.

Built in 1975 by developer William Kokot, the 4,081-square-foot Westport house has updated baths and kitchen. It sits on a property of one dry acre that has no wetlands, which is important to note because there are two ponds within view, but they are on neighboring properties. They provide a relaxing and attractive natural element without threatening water damage.

The front of the property gently slopes as it passes open lawn, wooded areas and rock gardens, while the portion including the house and backyard is completely level. Although there is no in-ground pool, the yard has ample room to install one.

There is a lot to love about the house, including its large open gourmet kitchen with a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator and six-burner Wolf cooktop, the casual family room with sliding door to the large raised wood deck, the flexible space in the walk-out lower level, and its proximity to the Post Road (Route 1). It has easy access to the town’s two train stations and downtown. It is also within easy walking distance to Bedford Middle and Staples High schools.

Even so, it sits in a private setting at the end of a double cul-de-sac in one of the quietest areas of town. Despite its proximity to Post Road, Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway, traffic along those roadways cannot be heard from this location.

A long paved driveway, partially lined in Belgium block, leads to a spacious parking area and the two-car attached garage. A third covered parking spot is available under the tiered, raised wood deck. A bluestone path leads to the front door above which there is dentil molding, which is repeated along the roofline. The entrance into this classic colonial is flanked by sidelights. From the foyer, where the flooring comprises Mediterranean-style tile, step down into the sunken formal living room, which has a wall of built-in bookshelves that frame two windows.

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Step up into the formal dining room, which has paneling on the lower walls and a floral wallcovering on the upper portion. Three side-by-side-by side, eight-over-eight, double-hung windows provide a view of the yard and the ponds.

In the gourmet kitchen the center island houses a circular stainless prep sink and serves to divide the food prep area from the large breakfast room where there is a red-brick wall with an arched fireplace and a wall of glass-front cabinets and counter space. The kitchen itself has granite counters, double stainless sinks, GE Profile double wall ovens, and a bay window over the sinks that not only brings additional light into the house but could be used, greenhouse-style, as a year-round kitchen herb garden.

A door in the kitchen accesses the deck. The family room also has sliding doors to the same deck. This room features a red-brick wall with the home’s second fireplace, a skylight, ceiling fan and exposed beams.

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House of the Week

STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 16 Salem Lane

PRICE: $1,415,000


FEATURES: walking distance to Staples High and Bedford Middle schools, close to trains and town, located on a double cul-de-sac, one-acre largely level lot, pond views, raised wood deck, red-brick patio, rec room/playroom, workshop, all window treatments, all windows recently replaced, insulated Pella tilt-in windows, storm doors, skylight, irrigation system, two fireplaces, exterior lighting, ceiling fans, walk-out partially finished basement, pantry closet, stone wall, zoned gas heat, attic, five bedrooms, two full and one half updated baths

SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $779,900

MILL RATE: 18.09 mills

TAXES: $14,108

One the second floor there are five bedrooms, one currently used as an office. The master suite has a wall of built-in cabinets and window seat with storage drawers, a walk-in closet and bath with a green granite floor, double granite vanity, steam shower/sauna, and white ceramic tiles on the lower walls installed on a diagonal.

The walk-out lower level has a playroom with built-ins and sliders to a large brick patio, a large storage room with laundry facilities, and a framed workshop. This room is unfinished but because the house is on the town’s sewer line the next owners can create a home office, art studio or guest or au pair bedroom.

There will be an open house at the property on Valentines’ Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, from 1-3 pm.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Karen Curtis of Halstead Property at 203-820-3941 or