The sound of sails playing against the saltwater breeze during warm weather months and the occasional calls of water fowl along the shore punctuate the relaxed waterfront lifestyle of the few residents who live on a private portion of a public road in the Southport section of town.

At the far end of Harbor Road in the Southport Historic District is a Colonial at No. 1100, directly across from the mouth of Southport Harbor. Its covered front porch gives its residents a prime viewing platform from which to watch sailboats glide from nearby Pequot Yacht Club into Long Island Sound, and to witness the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

The public cannot travel down this part of Harbor Road. Vehicles must be left in the local parking lot for the municipally owned Lower Wharf park.

The next owner is not just purchasing a house -- they're buying a lifestyle. In addition to the panoramic water views, the house comes with its own private beach and boat mooring. Despite this home's proximity to the water, it did not suffer damage during Superstorm Sandy and it is compliant with Federal Emergency Management Act requirements.

Although the 3,380-square-foot house was built in 1904 it is virtually a new dwelling because it was stripped down to the studs and completely rebuilt between 2008 and 2010. It was designed by Jack Franzen and Sara Walsh, who incorporated throughout the house special details that make it unique, including the antique wide-plank heart pine flooring stained with Waterlox & Tung custom oil finish in the living room.

A bluestone path leads from the street to the front porch, which has a built-in bench. Inside, the formal living room has a wide fireplace with a honed slate surround and hearth and a wood mantel with dentil molding. A bay window area provides a window seat, one of many spots throughout the house from which to take in the water views. The dining room is open to the kitchen and has wainscoting on the lower walls.

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If anything can tear one's eyes from the water views it's the gourmet kitchen which showcases Christopher Peacock cabinetry, a wide-plank teak center island with marine oil finish and a beveled wood counter, statuary marble counters and white subway tile backsplash. There are two under-mount sinks -- a long rectangular sink on the main counter and a deep stainless preparation sink on the center island.

Top-of-the-line appliances including a duel fuel Lacanche Cluny range with two ovens -- one gas and one electric with a broiler. The French range has four burners, a grill and two warming drawers. The Sub-Zero refrigerator is hidden behind paneling and there is a Miele dishwasher. Off the kitchen is a butler's pantry with a deep, square sink, glass-front cabinets, Sub-Zero wine refrigerator, Pietra Cordoza countertop and bluestone tile backsplash.

The interesting and unusual design elements of this house continue even into secondary spaces. In the mud and laundry rooms there are three kinds of flooring -- wide-plank wood, river stone and Lagos Azul limestone. The laundry room has a farm sink and a unique backsplash of limestone tiles arranged in an argyle pattern.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 1100 Harbor Road
PRICE: $3,785,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
FEATURES: beach rights, direct waterfront, unobstructed panoramic view of Southport Harbor, only steps away from the harbor and Long Island Sound, private boat mooring in the harbor, FEMA-compliant, walking distance to Southport Village and the Pequot Library, walking distance to Southport train station, located on a private portion of a public road, 0.22-acre level and fenced property, new generator, hydro air gas heat, outdoor shower with river stone floor, covered front porch, balcony/deck, one fireplace, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
ASSESSMENT: $2,279,690
TAX RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $55,624

The wood-paneled library/media room, also designed by Christopher Peacock, features wide bookshelves and ample space for a sound system and wide-screen television, and a built-in desk area.

On the second floor, the master bedroom suite faces the harbor and a private view is guaranteed from the bedroom's balcony/deck, which runs the length of the front of the house. The master bath has a Celeste marble double vanity counter and backsplash, large soaking tub, and a mosaic tile floor comprising Ming Green, Blue Celeste and Thassos marbles. There is one other bedroom on the second floor. The third floor has two more bedrooms and a den or sitting room.

There are four baths in the house each with a different type of stone flooring and counters.

There will be an open house at the property on Sunday, March 29, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Charlotte Cotton of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-247-4944 or email her at cottonc@raveisre.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 1100 Harbor Road

PRICE: $3,785,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9

FEATURES: beach rights, direct waterfront, unobstructed panoramic view of Southport Harbor, only steps away from the harbor and Long Island Sound, private boat mooring in the harbor, FEMA-compliant, walking distance to Southport Village and the Pequot Library, walking distance to Southport train station, located on a private portion of a public road, 0.22-acre level and fenced property, new generator, hydro air gas heat, outdoor shower with river stone floor, covered front porch, balcony/deck, one fireplace, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $2,279,690

TAX RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $55,624