One end of the Colonial at 15 Coleytown Road is shaded by a 200-year old copper beech tree. The opposite side gets enough sun to nourish the orchids that the current owners raise in an attached greenhouse.

That's just the first "best of both worlds" feature this property offers. The second is the old world charm coupled with its updated amenities. In this case, the phrase "old world" doesn't refer to European, but old Hollywood charm. While the house is outfitted with modern-day creature comforts and high-end kitchen appliances it also has an air of 1950s-era Hollywood. And that's not so far off the mark. One of the film stars of that time was Paul Newman, who lived in the area and frequented the nearby Newman-Poses Nature Preserve.

There is a third notable feature -- the stucco house sits on a 2.9-acre property with an abutting two-acre parcel that is also available for purchase. Both sit along the Aspetuck River providing 600 feet of direct waterfront; a trout fisherman's paradise, the owners said. And yet, the house sits on a hill far enough away from the river that there is no fear of flooding. A large meadow separates the two. The portion of the property where the house was built sits is level.

The house is walking distance to Coleytown Middle and Elementary schools. The Merritt Parkway also is easily accessible.

Built in 1940, the 4,785-square-foot house has a number of unusual and attractive features starting from the front lawn where a decorative pergola-like structure marks the covered entrance. The foyer, garden room/library and formal dining room feature French Limoges tile flooring. Decorative paneled folding doors separate the foyer and dining room, which has doors to a long, narrow balcony.

Step down into the sunken living room with a wide marble fireplace. Take more steps down to the family room, which has a door to one end of the lengthy bluestone patio.

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Between the dining room and chef's kitchen is a butler's serving pantry. The kitchen was redone by Rose Adams in 2011 and features include a professional-grade Wolf dual fuel range with six gas burners and two electric ovens with eight settings, including convection. The range is covered by a custom hood built by Betlan that is over six feet long. Each burner has a separate setting for simmer temperatures, and if you bake with yeast, there is a proof temperature in one oven and a stone setting for making or reheating pizza in the other.

A garden room next to the kitchen provides access into the greenhouse. The first floor also has two bedrooms.

On the second floor, the master suite has its own private wing with his-and-hers bathrooms, built-in surround-sound system, two walk-in closets -- one with a mini kitchen including a beverage refrigerator, and two sets of French doors to a large balcony shaded by the copper beech. It feels like being in a tree house, one owner said. A third set of French doors leads to a much smaller balcony.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 15 Coleytown Road
PRICE: $2,295,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FEATURES: water frontage along the Aspetuck River, 2.9-acre level and sloped property, additional two-acre riverfront parcel available, guest cottage, heated in-ground swimming pool with automatic cleaner, greenhouse, new Weil McClain gas furnace, unlimited hot water, multiple balconies/decks, awning, tandem four-car attached garage, front and rear staircases, Thermopane windows, storm doors and windows, some window treatments, audio system, wet bar, new central air conditioning system, attic fan, wood shingle roof, invisible pet fence, six bedrooms, six full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: $1,378,400
TAX RATE: 17.94 mills
TAXES: $24,728

There are three other bedrooms, one en suite, and a linen room with built-in cabinets and large cedar closet. A utility closet near the back stairway is plumbed for a washer and dryer.

A separate 1,200-square-foot guest cottage was designed by the late Billy Baldwin, "the dean of indigenous decorators," according to an Architectural Digest article. Among his clients were Cole Porter and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The cottage has a great room, full kitchen, bedroom, full bathroom, deck, storage room and garage.

The finished walk-out lower level features several rooms, including a pool or party room with a wet bar and stone floor.

The well is on an aquifer and the owners have used it to fill the 60-by-40-foot heated, Gunite in-ground swimming pool. "The pool is big enough for take-no-prisoners water polo, but also it's in a hedged, private surround with dogwoods and a weeping cherry, so one's quiet swims could well be in Shangri-La," one owner said.

Landscaping includes perennial gardens and

a lemon tree from Nepal.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact David Weber of KMS Partners at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-451-7888 or email him at dweber6412@gmail.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 15 Coleytown Road

PRICE: $2,295,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12

FEATURES: water frontage along the Aspetuck River, 2.9-acre level and sloped property, additional two-acre riverfront parcel available, guest cottage, heated in-ground swimming pool with automatic cleaner, greenhouse, new Weil McClain gas furnace, unlimited hot water, multiple balconies/decks, awning, tandem four-car attached garage, front and rear staircases, Thermopane windows, storm doors and windows, some window treatments, audio system, wet bar, new central air conditioning system, attic fan, wood shingle roof, invisible pet fence, six bedrooms, six full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,378,400

TAX RATE: 17.94 mills

TAXES: $24,728