EASTON \u2014 The natural wood-colored, shingle-style house at 45 Norton Road resembles a typical colonial from its outward appearance. Closer inspection reveals a home that offers open-concept living and a backyard retreat, including an in-ground swimming pool in Easton\u2019s Aspetuck neighborhood. The house is set in a sanctuary-like setting, seemingly far from civilization and yet it is within an easy walking distance of The Olde Blue Bird Inn and Aspetuck Park. Walk to the restaurant for a bite to eat and take in a local game at the park and sports field. The house enjoys a beautiful backyard on this 3.12-acre level and partially fenced property. The professionally landscaped yard is alive with color from the perennial gardens, which contain hydrangeas, astilbes, hostas, lilies, and many other flowering plants. Even the detached two-car garage has a window box with flowers. There are two more bays in the attached under house garage, and ample parking spaces in the long driveway. Leisurely pursuits are enhanced by the pool, as well as a paving stone patio, wrap-around wood deck, hot tub, and fire pit; and after a day of gardening or an afternoon of swimming there is an outdoor shower to clean up before heading inside, or back outside to sit around the fire or admire the night sky. In this section of Fairfield Count, there is no light pollution to obscure the stars. Beyond the backyard, there are many local recreational venues to enjoy. One of the Aspetuck Land Trust\u2019s many local protected open spaces is within easy walking distance of this house, perfect for afternoon hikes or horseback trail riding. The Aspetuck Valley Country Club and golf course is also just a short distance away. From the driveway there is a flagstone path with a thick border of pachysandra that leads to the front door of the house, which has black shutters and white trim. Inside, there are 10 rooms and 2,553 square feet of living space. Although the house was built in 1968 it has received many improvements. A new roof was installed on the main house in 2010, and just this year the spacious sunroom got a new roof. The chef\u2019s kitchen was remodeled almost a decade ago and in 2016 the new 50-gallon water heater tank was installed. There is a fireplace in the dining room, and in the family room there is a yellow brick wall where the fireplace now houses a wood-burning stove. The sitting room is open to the family room, which has sliding doors to the screened porch. The patio can be accessed from this porch or from the long wood deck. From the family room there is open access to the kitchen and sunroom. Step down into the sunroom where there are wood paneled walls, a ceramic tile floor, skylights, a wall of windows looking over the backyard, and a long granite-topped breakfast bar with room for four stools. This is ideal for casual dining and entertaining. Another such bar for four separates the kitchen from the family room and this one features a beverage refrigerator. The kitchen features a stainless gas-fueled cook top, double ovens, and granite counters. There is also a reading nook on the main floor. This house has five bedrooms with the master suite on the main living level and four others on the second floor. One is currently used as an office. All five bedrooms and the screened porch have ceiling fans. The master has its own full bath and walk-in closets. In the full partially finished basement, there is a recreation room, laundry room, storage space, and access to the attached garage. For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Jeanne Bracken of Jeanette Dryburgh & Associates\/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-981-4114 or Jeanne.Bracken@raveis.com.