A cream-colored classic Colonial with black shutters and white trim at 220 Wakeman Lane sits in a bucolic Southport neighborhood north of the Post Road, yet close to all the transportation, dining and shopping amenities of Southport Village, Fairfield center and Westport.

After passing a nearby horse property, visitors see the long fieldstone wall in front of the house that serves as a reminder of Fairfield's agricultural history. From the curb, the house appears to be a traditional Colonial house but those who venture inside are in for a surprise.

Although the house was built in 1978 it was updated to include open concept living, which epitomizes today's lifestyle.

Within its 4,628 square feet of living space is a wing with a formal living room and formal dining room. But the true heart of this home is its family room, gourmet kitchen and remarkable sunroom -- the latter three rooms flowing from one into the other.

In the front portion of the house, French doors separate the entrance foyer from the library, which has one wall of built-in bookshelves and lower cabinets. The foyer has a parquet floor, three closets and a powder room with a granite counter and a water closet. Tall eight-over-eight, double-hung windows on the first floor bring in lots of natural light. The living room has a large fireplace with a mantel that features dentil molding detail and a honed black slate surround.

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Kitchen features include a great preparation area with double stainless sinks, floating cabinets over the peninsula that separates the kitchen from the casual dining area, built-in wine rack, granite counters and a backsplash of off-white ceramic tile installed on a diagonal with decorative tile inserts. High-end appliances include a Bosch range top that sits on an angle and Bosch double wall-mounted ovens.

There is a coffered ceiling in the family room, which also has a wall of French brick that houses an oversized fireplace with a long bluestone hearth. The sunroom has a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, and French doors that lead to the two-tiered bluestone patio.

In the mudroom, which provides access to the three-car attached garage, there is a ceramic tile floor and a closet that was once a half bath. The plumbing still exists there so, should the next owner wish to install a built-in swimming pool in the backyard, that closet could be converted back to a bath and changing room.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 220 Wakeman Lane
PRICE: $1,495,000
ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: 1.02-acre level property, terraced bluestone patios, close to Fairfield and Westport shops and restaurants, open floor plan, wet bar, bonus room over the three-car attached garage, two fireplaces, room for a built-in swimming pool, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
ASSESSMENT: $941,990
MILL RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $22,985

A back hall has a side entrance, two closets and a good-size laundry room with counters, cabinets and stainless sink. Also accessed from this hall is a set of stairs to a large bonus room above the garage. It has wall-to-wall carpeting and a wet bar. It is large enough to serve multiple purposes, with a play area, game or billiard area, and media area. The wet bar has a long counter.

On the second floor, the landing has a sitting area. The master bedroom is large and sunny, with lots of closet space, including a walk-in and a wall of closets, and a built-in dressing table with granite counter. The master bath features a double granite-topped vanity with scalloped sinks, steam shower, hand-held and ceiling rain shower heads and beveled tile with a border of ceramic tile with a fleur de lis detail.

A second bedroom is en suite and two more bedrooms share a Jack and Jill-style bath.

The unfinished basement presents lots of possibilities.

For more information, or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Marlene Recchia of Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate at 203-257-4080 or visit www.seetheproperty.com/156229.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 220 Wakeman Lane

PRICE: $1,495,000

ROOMS: 11

FEATURES: 1.02-acre level property, terraced bluestone patios, close to Fairfield and Westport shops and restaurants, open floor plan, wet bar, bonus room over the three-car attached garage, two fireplaces, room for a built-in swimming pool, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $941,990

MILL RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $22,985