EASTON — Santa Claus promises to pile presents under the Christmas trees of those who have been “nice” this year. The “naughty” can expect to get a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking.

Coal is a sedimentary black rock. The name of the roadway aside, the soft beige stucco and stone ranch house at 930 Black Rock Turnpike would be a very nice Christmas gift for a family, couple or individual seeking one-level living in a peaceful yet convenient location. This house sits behind stone walls and wrought iron gates in the Aspetuck neighborhood on a three-acre level property only 6.4 miles from the Merritt Parkway.

This seven-room, 1,756-square-foot house would be ideal for a small family, people looking to downsize, or an artist or writer looking for a quiet setting. It was built in 1962 and has recently received a number of upgrades including installation of a new boiler, a new water tank, new well pump, and a hookup to make the house generator-ready.

Small though the square footage may be, there is ample living space and a relatively open floor plan that makes this a great house for entertaining, and the space continues to the large raised deck where there is an outdoor fireplace. The current owners use it to make wood-fired pizzas. In the kitchen there is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace that can also serve as an indoor barbecue.

For those who are avid golfers, this house is walking distance to the Connecticut Golf Club and not that far from the Aspetuck Valley Country Club and golf course. After a round of golf invite friends back to this house, which can serve as the “19th hole.” There is a dry bar with a counter in the finished basement. It does have a stainless sink, which perhaps could be hooked up to create a wet bar. The basement is large enough to have a media or sitting area and a game or recreational area. The sitting section has a red brick wall with a wood stove, and there is a half bath on this level.

The long driveway offers ample parking for guests and it leads to the attached under house two-car garage. A paving stone path lined in Belgium block leads to the covered front porch. The front door and sidelights feature decorative leaded glass windows and the door opens into the living room, which has the first of the home’s three wood-burning fireplaces. This one has a sleek mantel and the firebox is capped with a granite keystone.

In the formal dining room there are side-by-side double-hung windows that look over the deck. The kitchen features a two-tiered peninsular counter topped in granite that doubles as a breakfast bar. It also has a built-in wine rack. Pendant lights illuminate this counter area. There are other counter areas, a ceramic tile floor, cathedral ceiling with an exposed beam and ceiling fan, double stainless sinks, stainless appliances and French doors to the deck, which has a retractable awning to provide shade.

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All three bedrooms are on this main living level. The master has its own private bath and the other two bedrooms share the hall bath.

Outside, there is ample room for play, and attractive views of the surrounding woodlands from the deck.

“Easton is a lovely country town offering thousands of acres of forest hiking trails, orchards, farms, and a great school system,” the listing agent said.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Ryan T. Wrabel of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 203-913-0242 or ryanwrabel@bhhsne.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Ranch

ADDRESS: 930 Black Rock Turnpike, Easton

PRICE: $489,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7

FEATURES: three-acre level and lightly wooded property, gated property, raised deck, outdoor fireplace, two interior fireplaces (all three are wood-burning), wood stove, covered front porch, underground sprinkler, Thermopane windows, dry bar, walking distance to the Connecticut Golf Club, proximity to the Aspetuck Valley Country Club and golf course and Aspetuck Land Trust preserved properties with hiking trails, ten-minute drive to the Merritt Parkway, close to the Old Bluebird Inn and gas station/auto repair shop, ceiling fans, stone wall, attached under house two-car garage, new boiler, new water tank, new well pump, generator hookup, oil heat, wood shingle roof, pull-down attic stairs, partial finished basement, three bedrooms, two full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Samuel Staples Elementary, Helen Keller Middle, Joel Barlow High

ASSESSMENT: $302,070

TAX RATE: 31.33 mills

TAXES: $9,464