There's nothing like the great outdoors, and there is a lot of it at 768 Mill Hill Terrace in the Mill Hill section of Southport. Lovers of privacy and nature will want to flock to the property like the dozens of bird species drawn to the backyard birdfeeders there.

The two-house enclave sits on a 1.6-acre level and gently sloping parcel, but the yard is actually extended by another 30 or more acres by way of town-owned open space, which abuts the property and reaches as far as Cedar Road. Hike through the woods or sit on the free-standing raised platform wood deck to savor the solitude.

Virtually every room in the brown clapboard main house and the guest house provides relaxing views of the very private and quiet surroundings. Someone unfamiliar with the area would be hard pressed to believe that this privacy is coupled with the convenience of proximity to local amenities. Mill Hill Elementary School is within walking distance, about a block away. The Southport and downtown train stations are close, as are Interstate 95, Post Road, shops and restaurants in Fairfield as well as next-door Westport.

This special setting was selected by the man who built the main ranch-style house for his family in 1948, and the one-level guest house as his workshop. It has remained in the same family since then.

The houses are not visible from the street; travel up a long driveway to reach them.

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The main residence features 1,777 square feet of living space with eight rooms, including four bedrooms, a living room with a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace and built-in bookshelves, combination dining room and family room with a vaulted ceiling and sun room.

The kitchen, which has a breakfast bar, is functional but quiet small by today's standards. However, it is adjacent to the sun room and could be enlarged and updated by removing a wall between them.

The dining/family room has two walls of windows and a door to the backyard.

There is hardwood flooring throughout the main house.

Three of the four bedrooms have built-in bookshelves and cabinets. One of them could easily be used as an office.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Ranch
ADDRESS: 768 Mill Hill Terrace
PRICE: $749,500
ROOMS: eight in main house
FEATURES: guest house, easy walk to Mill Hill School, convenient to Southport train station and other local amenities, property abuts a 30-plus acre town open space, porch, wood deck, one fireplace, walk-up attic, two-car attached garage in main house, fieldstone wall, 9-foot-plus ceilings, four bedrooms and two full baths in the main house.
ASSESSMENT: $513,590
MILL RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $12,532

The good-sized master bedroom is en suite.

The two-bedroom guest house has a living room with pine-paneled walls and a fireplace, dining area, galley kitchen with a breakfast bar and a full bath. A door in the living room leads to a porch terrace with black wrought iron railings. Both bedrooms have wall-to-wall carpeting.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Victoria Fingelly of Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate at 203-610-0647.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Ranch

ADDRESS: 768 Mill Hill Terrace

PRICE: $749,500

ROOMS: eight in main house

FEATURES: guest house, easy walk to Mill Hill School, convenient to Southport train station and other local amenities, property abuts a 30-plus acre town open space, porch, wood deck, one fireplace, walk-up attic, two-car attached garage in main house, fieldstone wall, 9-foot-plus ceilings, four bedrooms and two full baths in the main house.

ASSESSMENT: $513,590

MILL RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $12,532