WESTPORT — Summer is winding down, but that means little to the residents of Saugatuck Island who have chosen to live in that waterfront community for the year-round lifestyle, close-knit neighborhood feel and stunning water views.

Clearly, residents of the Saugatuck Shore neighborhood are more active in warm-weather months, when they can swim, boat and fish, but throughout the year they can take walks on their private beach and enjoy the vermilion-colored sky of sunrises and sunsets from the beach or their own properties.

Two houses on the island, and currently on the market, have multiple water views from several of their rooms, balconies and decks. Both houses — one at 6 Marine Ave. and one at 120 Harbor Road, are Colonials, each with nine rooms. One house is only about 30 paces from the other, so prospective buyers can take a look at both and determine which is more suited to their lifestyle. They have similarities but many differences.

The 3,450-square-foot house at 6 Marine Ave. was built in 2014 on a 0.27-acre level lot, and has a few extra amenities that not all island houses have, including a heated Gunite in-ground salt water swimming pool, an outdoor fireplace and an outdoor pizza oven. It also has a heated and cooled garage with a Bend Pak hydraulic lift.

There are top appliances, including a six-burner Wolf range top, in the gourmet kitchen, which has an eating area, a large farm sink and a butler’s pantry. The dining room has a deep tray ceiling and the living room has deep window sills and built-in bookshelves. The home also has a library.

At 2,926 square feet, the house at 120 Harbor Road is slightly smaller. It is also older. It was built in 1968, but has undergone several major renovations, the most recent to improve its architectural details and lifestyle amenities. It sits on a level corner lot of about a quarter acre.

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There is new oak flooring in several rooms, while other hardwood floors were refinished. Also new are the door hardware, thermostats, light fixtures, banisters and hand rails on both staircases, and washer and dryer. The renovated chef’s kitchen has all new high-end appliances. The bathrooms have been gutted and updated.

Back at 6 Marine Ave., the family room has a marble fireplace and a door to a stone balcony with steps down to the fenced yard, stone patio, pool and gardens, which include roses, sea grasses and other plantings. Upstairs, the master bedroom suite has a marble fireplace and marble bath. In addition to other bedrooms, this level has a small space that could be a hobby/craft room, homework station, office or home command center.

The third floor offers the best water views from its two decks. There are several spaces for a media room, office and exercise area, a wet bar with a beverage refrigerator and lots of storage. A cupola floods this floor with natural light.

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STYLE: Colonials


FEATURES FOR BOTH: waterfront community, beach rights, private community beach and boat launch, easy walk to the water, walking distance to Cedar Point Yacht Club, water views, easy five-minute commute to Metro- North train station and I-95, close to shopping and restaurants, city water and sewer

SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills


6 Marine Ave.

PRICE: $2,450,000

FEATURES: generator, 0.27-acre level lot, patio, sprinkler system, 38 x 16 Gunite heated in-ground salt water swimming pool with automatic solar cover, balconies/decks, three fireplaces, two wet bars, all window treatments, one-car garage with hydraulic lift, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

ASSESSMENT: $1,533,200

TAXES: $25,850

120 Harbor Road

PRICE: $1,595,000

FEATURES: corner lot, 0.26- acre level parcel, large wrap-around wood deck, one fireplace, two-car garage with extra storage space, insulated windows, finished walk-up attic, newly painted house and trim, four bedrooms, three full and two half baths

ASSESSMENT: $1,003,200

TAXES: $16,914

The 120 Harbor Road house is considered an “upside down” house. It features three bedrooms on the first level, and the main living level is on the second floor. One of the bedrooms has a door to the backyard, where there is a border of landscaped flower beds.

The sun-filled living or great room has a cathedral ceiling, large windows to capture water views, floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace and dining area with French doors to the deck. A large sun room provides access to the deck. The great room is open to the kitchen, which has a two-tiered center island with a breakfast bar and Caesarstone counters.

The master suite has an impressive walk-in closet with organizers including built-in shelves, drawers and glass-front cabinets. The master bath has a double vanity, steam shower with rain shower head and jetted tub. On the third floor the large bonus room has a half bath.

With either house the new owners will enjoy a vacation lifestyle year-round and the exciting vibe of the new restaurants opening up in the Saugatuck section of town.

For more information or to make an appointment to see either or both houses, contact Kecia Von der Ahe and Helen Cusa, both of Halstead Property, Von der Ahe at 818-590-7374 or kvonderahe@halstead.com and Cusa at 203-451-7731 or hcusa@halstead.com.