FAIRFIELD — Families looking for a new home might want to consider giving themselves a Christmas gift that will last throughout the year by purchasing the gray Nantucket-style Cape Cod house at 9 Christmas Tree Lane.

Put in an offer now and by next Christmas the next owners can be putting gifts underneath the Christmas tree in the spacious formal living room of this eight-room house in Southport. The location of this house is a gift in and of itself, with easy access to eateries and shops on Post Road (Route 1) and in Southport Village, the Pequot Yacht Club, Pequot Library, all of which are within walking distance. Southport Harbor and Beach may not be visible from this property but it is also just a short distance away, as are the Southport and downtown train stations.

This house is set behind white picket fencing on a manageable half acre level property; its attractive backyard featuring a koi pond and perennial gardens that can be enjoyed from the deck and bluestone patio, in full sun or from the shade of the awnings. Enter the property by way of the semi-circular pebble driveway, which accesses the attached two-car garage and covered front entrance.

Inside, there are a world of possibilities. When the owners added the garage they anticipated future renovation above it to expand the square footage beyond the current 2,844 square feet, so the preliminary work is done. Even without additional improvements the co-listing agents call this house “the best value in Southport Village, meticulously maintained inside and out with wonderful attention to detail.” It was built in 1954 and has received modern touches throughout the decades.

The living room is especially sun-filled and invites indoor-outdoor living. In addition to the gas-fueled fireplace, built-in shelving with interior lighting and window seats, this room features a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors to the patio and yard. Lift up the cushions of the window seats to find storage space underneath, a hint of the copious amounts of storage found in this house. The formal dining room also has a wall of windows with a door to the patio by the koi pond.

In the kitchen there is a center island, granite countertops, glass tile backsplash, a window seat in the bay/bow window area, and stainless steel appliances. A pass-through between the kitchen and family room enhances entertaining. The family room features a gas fireplace flanked by built-in shelving and cabinets, and a door to the patio. Off the kitchen are the mud and laundry rooms. In the mudroom there are built-in cubbies with storage drawers. There is a second laundry area in the full unfinished basement.

There are three bedrooms in this house. Two are on the second floor with multiple closets and a shared bathroom with a white marble tile floor and gray ceramic tile on the lower walls, while the private master suite is on the main level. Its luxurious marble bath features a radiant heated floor, double-sink marble vanity, and large shower.

Rounding out the first floor is the private office or study, which has custom built-ins.

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The backyard can also be accessed from a door at the back of the over-sized garage. The unfinished space above it could serve simply as attic storage or, if finished, could become an additional bedroom or two, or a game or media room.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Lynn Dolan and Stephanie Inglis of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty; Dolan at 818-620-0554 or ldolan@williampitt.com, and Inglis at 203-856-3225 or Stephanie.inglis078@gmail.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Nantucket Cape Cod Colonial

ADDRESS: 9 Christmas Tree Lane

PRICE: $1,250,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8

FEATURES: water community, walk to water, deck, bluestone patio, koi pond, perennial gardens, awnings, underground sprinkler, professional landscaping, generator; walking distance to the Pequot Yacht Club, Southport Village, Metro North train station, the Delamar Hotel, Equinox luxury fitness club and the Pequot Library; not far from Southport Beach, easy access to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1), 0.5-acre level property, located on a cul-de-sac, cable available, two fireplaces, semi-circular driveway, expansion possibilities, attached two-car garage, central air conditioning, natural gas heat, attic, full unfinished basement, public water and sewer connections, stone wall, three bedrooms, two full and one half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $798,350

TAX RATE: 26.79 mills

TAXES: $21,388