BRIDGEPORT — Alison Boteler still remembers the day she first saw the house at 298 Old Battery Road.

“Our agent called at 6 a.m. and said ‘You’ve got to come out here, the best house I’ve ever seen just went on the market’ ” recalled Boteler, who was living on Long Island at the time.

That was 36 years ago, and the lifestyle author — who has penned 10 books on cooking, crafts and entertaining — fell in love with the 2,880-square-foot Colonial and its neighborhood in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport.

“This house has been a wonderful home,” said Boteler, 60.

However, she and her fiancé, James Comstock, are saying goodbye to their longtime residence following the death of Boteler’s mother, Charla, earlier this year after a 20-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Boteler said her mother, who was her business partner for years, lived in the house with them.

Boteler said she and her family were only the third owners of the home, built in the late 1940s (Boteler said 1948 but town records put it at 1949). The home — listed at $625,000 — was custom-built for a local judge, and Boteler said she’s kept many of the original features including the old-fashioned, bright green wall tiles in the upstairs bathroom.

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“I happen to love vintage everything,” Boteler said. “I just love this jade color.”

The house also has a classically grand entrance way, with a curved staircase, and other custom touches include leaded glass windows.

The neighborhood in which the home sits also has strong ties to local history. The street Old Battery Road gets its name from a fort that existed in the area during the Revolutionary War. Boteler said the area was an ideal lookout for spotting British ships during the war. The residence still offers views of Long Island Sound and Ash Creek, but doesn’t require flood insurance.

Of course, the home is not without its modern touches. The entire kitchen has been redone in a modern style, with all-white cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel fixtures.

The Old Battery Road house has three bedrooms, a library with built-in bookshelves, a full basement with bar with could be used as a living space or a spot for entertaining, and other features.

But Boteler said as much as she loves the house itself, perhaps what she’ll miss the most is the neighborhood. She said her backyard is not unlike a nature preserve, as the family has been visited by a variety of wildlife, including foxes and blue heron. Black Rock is unique in the way it offers both privacy and access to shopping, the train station and other necessities.

“I just love it here,” she said. “It really is a lifestyle.”

There will be an open house at 298 Old Battery Road from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. For information, contact Rosanne Ganim with Berkshire Hathaway 1583 Post Road Fairfield CT 06824, cell number is 203-218-0275.

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