Best-selling author Steve Maraboli once said, “Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success and love; it will come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”

This quote is found in marketing material for the custom-built colonial house at 269 Sturges Highway in Westport, near the Fairfield town line. The quote was aptly chosen because the current owners have planted seeds of happiness, hope, success and love. They have loved their house and hope the next residents are as happy there as they have been.

The house cannot be seen from the road. Travel down a long, paved driveway to reach the private setting, which boasts an open lawn, professional landscaping and woodland.

A mix of classic appeal, casual elegance and sophisticated refinement characterizes the 6,200-square-foot house, which was built in 1997, feels like new construction with a wealth of artistic, architectural and quality-of-life amenities. The two-story foyer has a hardwood floor in a herring bone pattern. The formal living room walls are adorned in platinum squares. The office has suede wall covering and dark crown molding.

Museum lighting softly illuminates the spacious family room, which is open to the gourmet kitchen. Skylights provide an abundance of natural light in both rooms. Interior transoms above the entrances into many first floor rooms intensifies the light.

Other features that enhance daily living and entertaining include the two wet bars — one in the family room and the other in the large finished basement, a cigar bar with an exhaust system, Surround sound in many rooms including the heated three-car garage, and every room has its own hook-up for telephone and television.

There are three fireplaces in the house. Two are gas fueled — in the living room and master bedroom suite. The fireplace in the family room is both gas and wood burning.

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Between the living room and office are French doors. Another set of French doors separate the formal dining room from the kitchen, which has a large center island, Carrara marble counters, built-in desk area, four-burner Viking range top and griddle, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Thermador double wall ovens.

The kitchen has a breakfast area where doors lead outdoors, including a large mahogany deck with a retractable awning, red brick patio, in-ground swimming pool and a pool-side oasis.

The 2.92-acre property has perennial gardens laden with black-eyed Susans, ornamental grasses, hydrangeas, daisies and other flowers and shrubbery.

On the second floor, the master suite has a deep and two-tiered tray ceiling, grass cloth wall-covering and a dressing room and walk-in closet. The marble bath features two-toned harlequin patterned floor, separate vanities and shower with a sauna.

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WESTPORT NEWS

House of the Week

TYPE: Custom-built Colonial

ADDRESS: 269 Sturges Highway

PRICE: $2,345,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12

AMENITIES: heated in-ground swimming pool, mahogany decks, red brick patio, awning, 2.92-acre property, porch, generator, two wet bars, Anderson Low E argon gas windows, instant hot water, guest or au pair suite, Surround Sound, cigar bar with exhaust system, central vacuum system, skylights, audio system, workshop, front and rear staircases, three fireplaces, shed, sprinkler system, three-car heated garage, cedar shake wood roof, room for a tennis court, attic, finished walk-out basement, five bedrooms, five full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,430,500

TAX RATE: 18.09 mills

TAXES: $25,878

There are four other bedrooms on this level; two are en suite and two share a Jack and Jill-style bath in a private wing that includes a large sitting area. This wing is ideal as a guest or au pair suite.

In addition to the wet bar the basement has a billiard area, recreation area, playroom, workshop, and storage area. The recreation area has a rubber floor.

The property is not far from the Brett Woods open-space property in Fairfield, and the Newman-Poses Preserve in Westport also is not far.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Michelle Genovesi of Michelle & Co., an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-454-HOME (4663).