FAIRFIELD — The changing lifestyle of the average American in the last decade or so has led to the extension of indoor living spaces into the outdoor landscape and more emphasis on improved outdoor features.

The romantic, antique white-colored cottage at 441 Westport Turnpike (Route 136) is nestled in a level and sloping property that epitomizes outdoor living. The property of almost a half an acre in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood near the intersection of four towns — Fairfield, Weston, Easton, and Westport — has frontage along the Aspetuck River. The current owners enjoy relaxing on their patios and decks, listening to soothing sounds from the waterfall, and fly fishing on the river. There are plenty of other activities in which to participate, all nearby. They can hike, camp and go horseback riding in the 185.7-acre Brett Woods Open Space wildlife conservation area in Fairfield. Brett Woods Park is also not far in neighboring Easton.

Golfing and tennis are available at the Patterson Club. This cottage has an indirect connection to neighboring Westport’s famed resident, Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman. For more than a decade it was owned and occupied by Newman’s personal assistant, who made a number of improvements to the house and property, particularly the stone walls and patios. The house was originally built in 1950 and has 2,089 square feet of living space on two levels. A previous owner gutted the kitchen and added city water, city gas, sprinklers, and a generator. He had moved to this area to marry a local woman and fell in love with the setting, the co-listing agents said.

The current owners also fell in love with the house and the setting with its attractive landscaping, including English gardens, and woodlands. The setting is conducive to creative people, as the current owners are; he is a screenwriter and professor, she is a costume designer. They added to the list of improvements replacing the roof and adding new fencing during the time they lived in the house. They might still be there but left because their family became too large for the cottage.

A stone wall and many stone pillars topped with lanterns line the front of the property. Two of those stone pillars mark the entrance to the property and stone steps lead passed tiered flower beds down to the covered front door. The gardens include hostas, ferns, rhododendrons, and many other perennial flowers and shrubbery. At the base of the steps there is a stone inlaid flower blossom or star design. The door opens into the spacious great room on the main living level, which features three decorative leaded glass windows, a vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan, skylights, exposed beams, wood-paneled walls, and a hand-carved wood mantel on the fireplace. The great room comprises the living and dining rooms. In the chef’s kitchen there are black granite counters, custom cabinetry, a farm sink, and a walk-in pantry. Stainless appliances include a Bosch dishwasher and GE range.

Large picture windows provide spectacular views. French doors separate the great room from a den, where there is a door to one of the decks. Another door across from the kitchen leads to the same deck. The first floor master bedroom suite features a vaulted ceiling, sitting area, bay window, and private bath with a marble vanity. On the lower level there are two additional bedrooms with a full bath, laundry room, and an office with French doors to a private patio. Extensive stonework creates three separate patios for entertaining, and two decks looking over the property with attractive river views.

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Although this property is on a well-traveled roadway it enjoys an abundance of privacy, and while it seems a world away from civilization it is actually less than 10 minutes to Southport Village and downtown Westport.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Emily Gordon of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Gordon at 203-451-6432 or egordon3@optonline.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Cottage

ADDRESS: 441 Westport Turnpike

PRICE: $725,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 6

FEATURES: 0.47-acre level and sloping property, waterfront along the Aspetuck River, river view, 20KW generator, patios, two decks, English gardens, underground sprinkler, partially fenced property, one fireplace, walking distance to Brett Woods Park and Brett Woods Open Space, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society at Larsen Sanctuary and the Patterson Club, less than 10 minutes from Southport Village and downtown Westport, central air conditioning, zoned natural gas heat, 30-gallon water heater tank, city water, skylights, full finished walk-out basement, attic, detached two-car garage, shed, ample storage, three bedrooms, two full baths.

SCHOOL: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $357,420

TAX RATE: 26.36 mills

TAXES: $9,422