Ron Wallace was the first person in the world to grow a pumpkin topping more than 2,000-pounds, or one ton, according to an Associated Press news report. That was back in 2012, and in the last three years the Rhode Island man has held the record for growing the largest pumpkin in North America; this year’s weighing in at 2,230 pounds.

There’s no need to consider adding pounds or square footage to the Colonial at 7 Pumpkin Hill Road in Westport. At 7,055 square feet, this house is just the right size for today’s lifestyle and within that space the builder, Able Construction, packed in many attractive architectural details and amenities preferred by today's buyer. These include a wine cellar, six bedrooms, walls of windows, three fireplaces and a large two-tiered bluestone patio with a built-in fire pit and Wolf barbecue.

The house was built in 2013 on a property of just over one acre. It is within easy walking distance to Staples High School and Bedford Middle School. The Post Road (Route 1) is also close by and the house is equidistant to Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway. A semi-circular driveway lined in Belgium block leads to the front of the house, where a stone wall is incorporated into the professional landscaping.

The covered front entrance is marked by four columns. The front door is framed in sidelights with beveled glass. Inside, the two-story foyer is sizable and its powder room features a marble counter and floor of marble tile in a herringbone pattern. All the windows have a special solar tinted film to help keep furniture from fading.

The house has an open floor plan and four finished levels of living space. It’s clear the architect and builder recognized the changing needs of families in the 21st century. Rather than a spacious living room this house has a smaller sitting room. The larger space was reserved for the great room comprising the gourmet kitchen, eat-in area and family room.

In the formal dining room there is a tray ceiling and Wainscoting on the lower walls. The kitchen has a long center island with a breakfast bar. Unlike most high-end kitchens in Fairfield County, which feature counters of granite or marble the counter on the island is concrete, and another counter is topped in slate. A third counter, in the built-in desk and shelving area, is wood. Concrete and slate are both easier to maintain than the more traditional stones. There is no granite in this house. The backsplash features miniature marble subway tiles. Appliances include a Wolf six-burner range and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room allows for views into the level backyard. The family room and office both feature a coffered ceiling. There are three fireplaces in the house: one in the living room, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the family room and one in the master bedroom suite on the second floor.

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The master suite has a very deep tray ceiling and built-in bookshelves. Its marble bath also has a wall of built-in shelving, a double vanity, soaking tub and large shower stall. On the second floor there are four more bedrooms and a large laundry room which has a utility sink and counter of the same stone that surrounds the living room fireplace. A good-sized landing serves as a homework or computer area.

A sixth bedroom is found on the full, partially finished lower level. It is en suite and its bath features a shower with glass subway tile. This walk-out basement also has a wine cellar, game room, and play or media room with wall-to-wall carpeting.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Helen Cusa at 203-451-7731 or, or Kecia Von der Ahe at 818-590-7374 or, both of Halstead Property.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 7 Pumpkin Hill Road

PRICE: $2,999,000


FEATURES: walking distance to Staples High School and Bedford Middle School, close to trains and town, wine cellar, generator, bluestone patio and fire pit, one acre level lot, some window treatments, semi-circular driveway, three fireplaces, extra insulation, Thermopane windows, room for a pool, wood roof, ceiling fans, six bedrooms, six full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,904,300

MILL RATE: 18.09 mills

TAXES: $34,449