Larchmont, Rowayton, Byram and New Canaan are four of the most desirable communities to buy a home right now in the Westchester/Fairfield area. So, each week, we’re showcasing one of those towns and a hot property currently on the market there. With insider information on what you can expect from each area, you’ll be better informed than ever on making the best move for your family.

Today we’re looking at a six bedroom colonial styled home in New Canaan. Masha Charles of Coldwell Banker, fills you in on everything you need to know about making a move to this most beautiful area in New Canaan:

Residents: 19,794

Avg. Home Price: $1,827,595

Highlights of living here: The downtown village is known for its variety of fine shops, excellent restaurants and services. New Canaan is also home to numerous historic landmarks, including Waveny House, built in 1912 for the family of Lewis Lapham, one of the founders of Texaco. Other interesting locations include the Little Red Schoolhouse, the last one-room schoolhouse in use in Connecticut, and the Philip Johnson Glass House. The New Canaan Library is the hub of the community and boasts a broad series of educational programs for adults and children, plus computer classes, book clubs and cutting-edge technology.

The lifestyle in New Canaan: This is a great place to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Our town has a number of open spaces and parks, including Mead Memorial in the heart of town and Irwin Park, as well as the 250-acre Waveny Park. There is also the New Canaan Nature Center, Mill Pond and Kiwanis Park, which has a man-made beach. There is something for everyone in the town known as “The Next Station to Heaven.”

Most common architectural styles: Part of the attraction of New Canaan is the variety of home styles, but there are probably more Colonials than any other design. There is also a good mix of modern, contemporary, antique, ranch and multi-level homes.

Favorite spot in town: Mostly, I love just walking into town and looking at the ever-changing window displays to see what is new, or looking up at the marquee sign on the New Canaan Playhouse movie theater to see what two movies are playing.

CONTACT: Marsha Charles, Coldwell Banker, 203-904-4663, coldwellbankerhomes.com

390 Oenoke Ridge

Bedrooms: 6

Baths: 6 full, 2 half

Square feet: 13,183 (main residence)

Price: $7,495,000

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This Colonial-style home with clapboard siding was built in 1920 and renovated in 2011 by Mark Finlay and Hobbs Incorporated Luxury Home Builders. The 4.3 acres of landscaped estate also include a separate and privately situated 1,854-square-foot Cape Cod residence for guests.
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Adjacent to the kitchen, the breakfast room has an eat-in space with a window seat and a stone fireplace.
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The house has a family room with wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling French doors, which are positioned to catch as much sunlight as possible.
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Around the heated pool, there is plenty of space to entertain.
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Other luxurious amenities include a wine cellar and an indoor sports court.