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True to its name, it's old and graced with real sidewalks, towering, old-growth trees and some of the town's prettiest antiques. A handsome, stone-and-shingle home has just come on the Multiple Listing Service, set on 1.43 acres on a private lane. It was built in 2002 by a builder for his own family. He says he availed himself of every luxury appointment and amenity imaginable. The grand entrance hall, which features a dramatic circular staircase, flows into the lovely formal rooms, all with coffered, vaulted or tray ceilings. There's a cherry-paneled library, a master suite with two fireplaces, an additional six bedrooms and six bathrooms, a four-car garage, and a pool and pool house (with two more bathrooms). It's offered by Jillian Klaff of William Raveis in Westport, (203) 858-2095.
Classic Colonial, Westport
Built in 2003, buying this "better than new" Colonial means you can take advantage of all the finishing touches that even top-of-the-line spec homes always need. The sellers, for instance, recently completed a second master suite for a total of five bedrooms and five full bathrooms (along with two half bathrooms). The 2.45-acre landscaped property includes a guest cottage with still another bedroom, bathroom and fireplace. While there is custom woodwork and cabinetry throughout, the kitchen stands out with its marble and teak countertops, La Cornue range and butler's pantry. It's listed with Alexander Chingas of Coldwell Banker in Westport, (203) 451-0081.
News from the North
Ever since Edith Wharton and her set swept in wearing gowns and bonnets, June marks the influx of "summer people" to the Litchfield and Berkshire Hills. Even while striving to appear low key, the county's calendar is crammed with charitable events, garden teas and house parties. This keeps realtors busy, showing houses that fulfill the fantasy of joining the ranks of Litchfield's landed gentry.