On the market: Colonial in private setting evolving with times
Updated 5:50 pm, Saturday, July 18, 2015
The Colonial at 380 Westport Turnpike (Route 136) in the Greenfield Hill area resembles a traditional house from the exterior. Inside, home improvements have given the taupe-color residence, which was built in 1967, modern amenities and an open floor plan suitable for contemporary lifestyles.
In the updated kitchen the current family installed a hardwood floor, new granite countertops, a stone backsplash and stainless appliances. In the den they added new shelving and lighting fixtures, and installed a granite wet bar. They also gave the house a new roof, renovated the master bath, finished the lower level and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls of several rooms.
All that remains is for new residents to move in. And this time of year is optimal because of the location of the house to recreational facilities in two communities. The Aspetuck Valley Country Club and golf course in Weston is only 1.3 miles away. The house is close to Fairfield’s Brett Woods Open Space in one direction and the Newman-Poses Preserve in neighboring Westport. Brett Woods offers 185 acres of open space including a pond, mountain biking trails, bridle trails, hiking, bird watching and, come winter’s snowfall, cross-country skiing. The Newman-Poses Preserve is a 39-acre sanctuary along the Aspetuck River with hiking trails.
The two-acre property feels almost like an extension of both nature preserves. The parcel is largely sloping and has a combination of open lawn and wooded areas providing privacy, especially since the house is set back from the road about 120 feet.
A flagstone path leads from the driveway to the covered front porch. The house has 2,585 square feet of living space, and the large screened sun porch adds another 300 square feet to the footprint. It has a vaulted ceiling, mahogany floor, cable hook-up, exposed beams and door to the raised wood deck in the rear yard. Although some areas of the property have grass, the rear yard is largely crushed pebbles so there is little mowing to worry about.
The formal living room features a fireplace and newly refinished hardwood floors. In the formal dining room there is chair railing, raised molding on the lower walls and a pewter chandelier.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 380 Westport Turnpike
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: proximity to Brett Woods Open Space in Fairfield and Newman-Poses Preserve in Westport, less than three miles to the Merritt Parkway, two-acre level and sloping property, wood deck, balcony/deck, skylights, large mahogany screened porch, two fireplaces, stone walls, attic, professional landscaping with mature plantings, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Warde High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills
The good-sized eat-in kitchen has Ubatuba granite counters, double stainless sink, pantry closet, a five-burner range and lots of millwork detailing. The eat-in area is like a separate breakfast room and has a bay/bow window.
Off the eat-in portion of the kitchen is an office with built-in desk and cabinets. There is a second, smaller office on the other side of the kitchen, which is ideal as the command center for the home.
This office also houses the laundry room. Also accessed from the kitchen is the sunken family room, which has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, wet bar with a granite counter, pegged wood floor, and a door to the deck and its built-in seating.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all with big closets, which is unusual considering the tine period in which it was built. The master suite has a walk-in closet and a bath with white subway tile and a shower with a swivel glass door.
The finished lower level has a play room and a sitting room, and provides access to the two-car, attached, under-house, over-sized garage. Although the flooring is tile it resembles wood and there are two large storage closets, one of them about two feet deep with shelving.
The downtown Fairfield train station, shops and beaches are just 7.2 miles from the house. The Merritt Parkway’s Exit 42 is 2.8 miles away. Black Rock Turnpike shopping is only six miles away and downtown Westport shopping is even closer at just over four miles away.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Christine Magliocco of the Vanderblue Team, an affiliate of Higgins Group Real Estate, at 203-521-8002 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.