Those people who love the beach, but not the threat of damage from storms nor the expense of flood insurance, have the perfect compromise in the custom-built Colonial house at 60 Tide Mill Terrace in the Sasco Hill area of town.

As the name of the street suggests, the house is not far from Long Island Sound. It sits on a cul-de-sac near Sasco Beach and Southport Harbor and yet it is not in a flood zone, so there's no need for flood insurance. The location has other benefits, with easy access to Post Road (Route 1) and Interstate 95. It's also equidistant to the Southport and downtown Fairfield train stations.

Construction began in 2003 and was completed in 2005. It was custom-built by a local builder as his own residence and has more than 5,000 square feet of living space, giving it a larger footprint on every floor than is the norm in typical houses near the beach. It also sits on a larger parcel. Its lot size is 0.59 acres, and there is room for an in-ground pool.

Two stone pillars topped with lanterns mark the paved driveway. Sidelights and a transom frame the covered front entrance into the two-story foyer with limestone floor and detailed trim work. There are also transoms above the entrances into the formal living room and the custom cherry library.

The living room features an antique marble fireplace. The formal dining room features an octagonal tray ceiling and wainscoting on the lower walls. The chef's kitchen has a wealth of features, starting with the double-height, beveled slab counters of polished granite. It also has a long center island with a prep sink, walk-in pantry, cherry cabinetry, butler's pantry. All the appliances are Viking, including the wall ovens and warming drawer.

A sliding door in the eat-in area leads to the upper bluestone patio, which has a wrought iron railing and custom storage underneath for patio furniture.

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The kitchen is open to the family room, which has a fireplace and sliders to a multilevel stone terrace.

Upstairs, there are five bedrooms. The master suite has a vaulted ceiling, sitting room and corner fireplace. The bath features travertine floors and backsplash, a large jetted tub, walk-in shower with a bench, water closet, his and hers walk-in closets and double marble vanity.

All the closets on the second floor have closet organizing systems and lights. All the bedrooms have ceiling fans. There is also a computer or homework station with built-in desk area for two and bookshelves and a cabinet above in the spacious landing.

In the finished walk-out basement there is a media/game room, wet bar and kitchenette with built-in wine racks, dishwasher, beverage refrigerator and a wine refrigerator. A large full bath is handicapped accessible with a roll-in marble shower, and the large storage and mechanical room has a workshop/workbench area, exercise area, and a special high-gloss epoxy floor surface that is most often seen in auto showrooms. There is also a sliding door to the lower bluestone patio.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 60 Tide Mill Terrace
PRICE: $1,650,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FEATURES: Proximity to Southport Harbor and Sasco Beach, walk to water, walking distance to Southport Village and train station, close to Post Road (Route 1) and I-95, walk to restaurants and shopping in Southport Village and along Post Road, 0.59-acre level property, stone wall, located on a cul-de-sac, upper and lower bluestone patios, exterior sprinkler system and lighting, recently painted exterior and interior, wet bar, front and rear stairs, Thermopane windows, four fireplaces, central vacuuming system, Weil-McLain Energy Star oil-fired boiler and continuous hot water heater, two 330-gallon oil tanks in basement, five heating zones, whole house sound system, five bedrooms, five full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
ASSESSMENT: $1,254,330
TAX RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $30,605.64

The oversized three-car, attached garage has a storage loft that is large enough for a kayak and other recreational equipment.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Denise Walsh of Denise Walsh and Partners, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-650-1583 or email her at denise@walshandpartners.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 60 Tide Mill Terrace

PRICE: $1,650,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12

FEATURES: proximity to Southport Harbor and Sasco Beach, walk to water, walking distance to Southport Village and train station, close to Post Road (Route 1) and I-95, walk to restaurants and shopping in Southport Village and along Post Road, 0.59-acre level property, stone wall, located on a cul-de-sac, upper and lower bluestone patios, exterior sprinkler system and lighting, recently painted exterior and interior, wet bar, front and rear stairs, Thermopane windows, four fireplaces, central vacuuming system, Weil-McLain Energy Star oil-fired boiler and continuous hot water heater, two 330-gallon oil tanks in basement, five heating zones, whole house sound system, five bedrooms, five full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $1,254,330

TAX RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $30,605.64