DARIEN — At this time of year, you’ll see more Christmas wreaths on view than boats on the water in the Noroton Bay neighborhood. But come next summer, the private waterfront community will be alive with boaters, sun-bathers and swimmers.

Residents of the gray clapboard contemporary house at 12 Baywater Drive are only a few steps away from Long Island Sound., and a short walk to the Noroton Bay private beach, pier, and a seasonal snack bar that is open on weekends from May until October.

Also within an easy walk is the Noroton Yacht Club and the 22-acre Weed Beach complex. Weed Beach includes a public beach, tennis and paddle tennis courts, children’s play areas, a bathhouse, a fit trail with equipment and a concession stand.

Until summer temperatures descend on the region again, the owners of this waterfront property will have to be content with their views and the other benefits of living at the beach year-round.

The 3,799-square-foot, five-bedroom house was built in 1954 on a corner lot of a third of an acre. It has no landscaping to speak of so the next owners are really purchasing a blank canvas on which to create their own masterpiece. The same goes for the house.

Although it was remodeled in 2015 the next owners may decide to raze this structure and build in its place their dream house. They don’t have to be “married” to someone else’s vision.

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STYLE: Contemporary

ADDRESS: 12 Baywater Drive

PRICE: $1,795,000


FEATURES: Private waterfront community, only a few steps from the Noroton Bay private beach and pier, water views, walking distance to Noroton Yacht Club and Weed Beach tennis courts, 0.32-acre level property, corner lot, covered front porch, bluestone patio, one fireplace, skylights, home-owners’ association, attached two-car garage, partial partially finished walk-out basement, attic, five bedrooms, three full and one half updated baths

SCHOOLS: Hindley Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,347,220

MILL RATE: 15.77 mills

TAXES: $21,771

HOA FEE: $1,750 (annually)

Should they prefer to leave it as it is, the house works for today’s lifestyle. It has an open floorplan. The family room is on the lower level and has sliding doors to the fenced backyard, where there is a bluestone patio. It also has wall-to-wall carpeting.

In the living room, which is on the main living level, there is a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, a built-in bookshelf, and a floor-to-ceiling antiqued red-brick fireplace with a raised hearth. This long L-shaped space also contains the dining room.

The galley-style kitchen could use some updating but it is perfectly functional as it is. It has a long counter with double stainless steel sinks. Off the kitchen is a mudroom.

The five bedrooms are on the second floor, arranged around a flexible-use room that could be an office or media room or playroom. That room has exposed beams.

The master suite has its own bath and the remaining four bedrooms share two other full baths at opposite ends of this level.

This house also has a game room and quite a lot of storage on the lower level.

Years ago the real estate industry emphasized as a selling point “location, location, location.”

That certainly fits for this house, and it’s not just the proximity to the water.

This house is only minutes from the shops and restaurants along the Post Road (Route 1) and not one but two Metro North train stations — Noroton and Darien.

For information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Sheree Frank or Doug Milne, of Houlihan Lawrence, Frank, at 249-203-249-9396 or sfrank@houlihanlawrence

.com and Milne at 203-621-0938 or douglasdmilne@gmail.com.