FAIRFIELD — The heart of Southport Village is dotted with antique houses, many of them the homes of sea captains from centuries past.

Historic district regulations that protect the outward appearance of those houses do not dictate the interiors of the structures so many of them have been updated inside. Visually the exteriors represent Southport’s rich maritime heritage while inside they inhabit the 21st century. But scan the streetscape along Old South Road and you may spot one “imposter.” The colonial farmhouse at 75 Old South Road may look like it was built in the 19th century but it was actually constructed in 1989.

This custom-built white clapboard house with black shutters is ideal for the modern day family for everyday living and entertaining and, as an added bonus, its décor is ahead of the trends. The walls of the formal living room are painted in a bold orange color. The dining room walls are a deep chocolate brown with a tinge of aubergine; and its ceiling is covered in a wallpaper with a very subtle pattern. Some interior designers said a year ago that home décor was beginning to move, however slowly, away from monochromatic grays. And one expert said he saw a resurgence of interest in wallpaper, not just on walls but on ceilings.

The office, off the foyer, has a fireplace on a paneled wall that contains built-in bookshelves.

A stone wall topped with a white picket fence lines the front of this 0.66-acre level property and adds to the historic charm. Bluestone paths — one from the street and one from the crushed stone driveway, lead to the covered and colonnaded wrap-around front porch and over-sized front door.

Inside, the 5,016-square foot house there are wide-planked pine floors that are actually reclaimed antique wood. There the nod to the past ends and modern life begins. There are nine-foot-plus ceilings and a wet bar in the butler’s pantry. The sizable family room, which also has a wet bar, looks like it belongs more in a contemporary house than a colonial. Two sets of French doors, one on either side of the fireplace,

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The living room has the first of the home’s three fireplaces. This one has a marble surround. The dining room has a café door into the butler’s pantry. In the gourmet kitchen there are granite counters, a center island with a breakfast bar, a wine refrigerator, built-in desk area, a Dacor five-burner range top and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The backsplash of white ceramic tiles contains artistic renderings of fish including a salmon, mackerel, and sea bass; a reminder that Southport Harbor and Long Island Sound are not only in view but are only steps away from this house. Both are only a block away.

Several sliding doors lead from the kitchen to the bluestone patio with red brick sitting wall in the backyard. The mudroom has a door to a wood deck and an area of the yard that has a built-in grill or outdoor kitchen. The family room also has doors to the patio and yard.

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TYPE: Colonial Farmhouse

ADDRESS: 75 Old South Road

PRICE: $2,350,000


FEATURES: water community, water views, a block from Southport Harbor and beach, easy walk to Southport Village and train station, close to Pequot Library, 0.66-acre level property; wet bars, bluestone terrace, deck, wrap-around covered front porch, three fireplaces, all window treatments, audio system, extra insulation, storm doors and windows, skylight, stone walls, exterior lighting, sprinkler system, wood shingle roof, walk-up attic, attached two-car garage, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $1,734,600

TAX RATE: 24.79 mills

TAXES: $44,146

On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all of them en suite. The master suite boasts views of the harbor and Sound. The marble master bath has a jetted tub, a double vanity with green marble counter, and a shower. The master also has a dressing room, an office with a recessed area for a desk and a wall of built-ins, and a hallway with several closets and laundry area.

The finished third floor has a staircase that splits in two directions. One side goes into a storage room and the other opens to a room with wall-to-wall carpeting that could serve as another bedroom, an art studio or playroom.

For more information visit www.75OldSouthRd.bhhsNEproperties.com or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Melanie Smith of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 203-521-2126 or melaniesmith@bhhsne.com.