On the market: Harvest ample amenities in reimagined farmhouse
Updated 6:50 am, Saturday, October 3, 2015
More often than not, older houses these days are razed to make room for new construction. But someone saw fit to preserve the antique farmhouse at 939 Hillside Road, while constructing an addition and updating the 18th-century section of the structure giving it a total of nine rooms and 4,000 square feet of living space.
The original house was built in the 1740s as part of the Bradley Mill. It served as the tanning shop for many decades and was transformed into a residential dwelling in the 1930s. The recent renovation blends elements of a bygone era with today’s amenities and comfort features. Matt Conners, the principal of Conners Development, preserved the integrity of the original features including a barrel ceiling, original wide-planked wood flooring, which have been hand-stripped and waxed.
The original curved front staircase remains and two other staircases to various parts of the second floor were added. Some parts of the original house also have plaster walls and arched doorways. In the recent renovation the builder added a mudroom, state-of-the-art kitchen, large family room, master bedroom suite with spa, bath and two-car garage. There are multiple doors to the private backyard.
The house has a fieldstone and wood exterior, and sits on a 2.19-acre parcel in the Greenfield Hill area. The stone is painted white and the wood portions comprise wood shingles in one area and what looks like board and batten-style in other areas. Its interior features a number of nooks and crannies and some rounded walls, particularly in the older section.
On the first floor, the family room has a nearly floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, built-in bookshelves and Wainscoting on the lower walls. The ceiling has exposed beams, but rather than hand-hewn wood beams, they are finished wood painted white. The dining room ceiling is the same. This room also has a bump-out bay wall with two doors that access the backyard.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Updated antique farmhouse
ADDRESS: 939 Hillside Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
FEATURES: historic house, renovated and expanded, level corner lot (corner of Hillside and Verna Hill), 2.19-acre property, three staircases, original wide-planked floors, cedar wood shingle roof, Thermopane windows, nine-foot-plus ceilings, patio, exterior lighting, two fireplaces, room for an in-ground swimming pool, two-car garage, old stone well, stone and concrete foundation, stone wall, new landscaping, four bedrooms, three full and one half updated baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills
In addition to the living and family rooms, the first floor has a formal dining room, library, bedroom with a full bath and screened sun porch. The kitchen features a two-story vaulted ceiling, farm sink, a six-burner range top, double wall-mounted ovens and exposed beams. The cabinetry is covered with a custom-created paint color in a robin’s egg blue. The blue color matches the paint on the ornate trim on the peak of the roof line and the front door. A massive center island is topped in a wood counter top. Another counter area is white marble.
On the second floor are three bedrooms. The master suite has windows lower than the norm, and its spa bath has radiant heated marble flooring in a herringbone pattern, marble double vanity, dressing room and walk-in closet with organizers.