On the market: Colonial’s legacy is both historic and contemporary
Updated 7:30 am, Saturday, July 11, 2015
Practice putting golf balls, swim laps or simply take a leisurely stroll on the 2.27-acre pastoral property at 4718 Congress St. in the Greenfield Hill area, or hike the trails of the adjoining Connecticut Audubon Society’s Larsen Sanctuary.
This estate, named Stonefield, offers a private oasis with attractive landscaping and flower beds adorning the grounds, which includes a Gunite heated in-ground pool and pool house, guest house and a garden shed with climbing roses. That shed holds a secret. Open the door to reveal the shed’s original purpose; it was a two-seater outhouse back in the late 18th Century. So much for privacy.
More than 200 years later, the updated antique main house boasts five bathrooms, four full and one half, for the ultimate in privacy. The outhouse was converted into a garden or potting shed and the main house, built in 1784, was renovated in such a way that its New England charm and character remain while its outdated features were replaced with modern amenities suitable for the 21st-Century lifestyle.
The 4,456-square-foot house has a welcoming wrap around porch and offers 9-foot-plus ceilings, generous formal living room, formal dining room, and a great room with built-in bookcases and decorative fireplace, the first of five original fireplaces. Many of the rooms have wide-planked wood floors, including the library, which also has built-in bookshelves and a fireplace.
The front entrance door has sidelights and a transom of antique glass. Other windows are also antique with authentic divided light panes. There is also original molding throughout the house. The original staircase to the second floor was preserved in the renovation and two additional staircases were installed.
The dining room was the original kitchen of the house and its fireplace is quite large. Its walls are covered in a new paper that’s made to look vintage. The completely renovated eat-in kitchen features marble counters and backsplash, stainless steel appliances, butler’s pantry, casual dining area and farm sink.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 4718 Congress St.
FEATURES: putting green, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, pool house, guest house, 2.27-acre level property, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Larsen Sanctuary, generator, new furnace, stone walls, 9-foot-plus ceilings, central vacuum system, insulated windows, some window treatments, five fireplaces, fully fenced property, invisible fence, awnings, balcony, deck, patio, extra insulation, storm doors and windows, Thermopane windows, ceiling fans, new three-car garage, attic, professionally landscaped grounds, six bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
MILL RATE: 24.79 mills
A spacious sunroom or solarium has French doors that open to the side yard near the pool. Above the sun room is a large balcony accessed from two sets of French doors in the master bedroom suite. The master also features a fireplace.
There are five additional bedrooms; two more on the second floor and another two on the third floor of the main house, and one in the pool house, which also has a full bath and a washer and dryer so wet towels and swimsuits need never enter the main house.
The new three-car garage has lots of additional storage, plus a generous loft that could easily be converted into a bonus room to use as exercise space, a home office, or play area.
The house has a stone foundation and a stone wall borders the street in front of the house.
An open house is scheduled at the property on Sunday, July 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Mar Jennings of Lifestyle Homes, an affiliate of Higgins Group Real Estate, at 203-984-5203 or visit his website at www.marjennings.com. Take a virtual tour at www.4718congressst.com