The 19th century Colonial on the corner of Brookside and White Oak Shade offers a historic piece of New Canaan.

Clad in white clapboard, the house, which sits on 3.3 acres, is surrounded by flowering lilacs, rhodendrons and perennial gardens offering a lovely springtime display of color.

An original Dutch entry door lacquered in a barn red hue opens to a foyer with original wide plank hardwood floors.

Just off the foyer is a first- floor bedroom used by previous owners as an office and sitting room, with a wood-burning fireplace nestled in between two sets of original built-ins and charming 12-over-12 windows.

A full bath, with a pedestal sink and two leaded glass English casement style windows, is just off the bedroom.

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The formal living room features an original oversized wood-burning fireplace opposite an entire wall of windows, under which a low set of built-ins offers a space for reading, crafts or play.

A set of French doors leads to a screened porch, which offers a great space for entertaining in the summer.

A large formal dining room featuring a wood-burning stove warming much of the first floor in the colder months opens to an updated kitchen.

With light cherry cabinetry, granite counters and recessed lighting, the kitchen helps to marry the 19th century home with a 21st century lifestyle.

The first floor also includes a cozy, carpeted family room wrapped in wood paneling.

The second floor features four charming bedrooms including the master suite. Two of the guest bedrooms feature wood- burning fireplaces, original built-ins and share a wainscoted Jack and Jill bath. A third guest bedroom, possibly an original second-floor sun porch, is flooded with natural light from five sets of casement windows.

A private master bedroom features two closets and an updated master bath with a large frameless glass step-in shower.

The master offers bucolic views of the three acres of property stretching into a nearby meadow.

The second floor also includes a laundry room and an office space with built-ins offering great storage space.

The property's several out buildings include a detached two-car garage with a loft, a secondary detached two-car garage and a 616 square foot guest cottage with a living room, family room, bedroom, kitchen and full bath.

For information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Mary Higgins of Halstead Property at 203-247-4062 or email her at mhiggins@halstead.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 523 White Oak Shade

PRICE: $ $1,499,000

ACREAGE: 3.3

YEAR BUILT: 1816

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,320

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10

BEDROOMS: 5

FULL BATH: 4

HALF BATH: 0

NOTABLE FEATURES: six garage spaces, screened porch, three room guest cottage, 3.3 flat acres of property, five bedrooms, four full baths

SCHOOLS: South Elementary, Sax Middle School, New Canaan High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,114,260

TAXES: $17,318