On the market: Tuscan accents on Greenfield Hill
Published 11:43 am, Friday, June 19, 2015
A 2.64-acre private estate at 134 Burr St. in lower Greenfield Hill feels and looks like it could be an ocean away. In reality, the Tuscan tan-colored stucco Georgian Colonial is only minutes away from downtown and its train station.
It is hidden down a long circular driveway that ensures complete privacy while luxuriating in the well-appointed house or relaxing in the Gunite in-ground swimming pool and stone-terraced spa with a waterfall.
The 7,300-square-foot house was built in 2005 with a number of architectural details starting with the façade of the house and the formal front entrance. The first-floor level of the exterior features tall, arched windows topped with keystones and framed by dark-colored shutters. Three arches and two columns lead to the covered front porch and the mahogany French doors with multiple panes of beveled glass topped with an arched sunburst transom. Above the porch is a sizable balcony.
Visitors should not close their eyes for a moment as they walk through this 11-room house or they are likely to miss many exquisite details. The floors are Brazilian cherry with decorative inlaid borders in the cherry-paneled library, the formal dining room and the spacious family room, each of those floors with a different inlaid pattern. All the wood floorboards of the dining room are installed in an octagonal pattern. Intricate millwork, arched entryways with keystones seem a hallmark of the architecture. In the two-story foyer the flooring is limestone, and in some transitional spaces there are interior transoms.
The cherry paneling of the library is on the walls and the coffered ceiling. There is also a fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and picture frame paneling above the mantel. The dining room and the second-floor master bedroom suite have deep tray ceilings; the one in the dining room matches the flooring in its octagonal shape.
The intricate millwork continues into the formal living room, where there is a fireplace with fluted, flush column and French doors to the backyard, bluestone patio and pool, and in the sizable first-floor guest bedroom that is en suite and large enough to serve as the master if necessary. It, too, has a door to the patio.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Georgian Colonial
ADDRESS: 134 Burr St.
FEATURES: Gunite in-ground swimming pool and spa, 2.64 private and level acres, convenient to downtown, train station, equidistant to Merritt Parkway and Interstate 95, walking distance to Springer Glen Open Space, Brazilian cherry floors, exercise room, porch, terrace, four fireplaces, some window treatments, new gas hot water heater, front and rear staircases, 10-foot ceilings, circular driveway, five bedrooms and five full and two baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
MILL RATE: 24.4 mills
In the gourmet kitchen only a long granite-topped counter that doubles as a breakfast bar for five separates it from the family room, which has a fireplace, coffered ceiling, and French doors to the yard. Other kitchen features include high-end appliances, a bay window in the eat-in area, and a long center island with the same granite as the counters. Between the kitchen and dining room is a butler’s pantry with granite counter, sink, cabinet and beverage refrigerator.
On the second floor there are four more bedrooms. The main master bedroom suite has a fireplace and a master bath with a jetted tub, double vanities and old-fashioned glass cubes in the shower. There is a bonus room on this floor that has flexible use as a sitting area, media room or homework/computer room.
In the finished basement there is 2,800 square feet of space, including an exercise room and game room, both with wall-to-wall carpeting, and lots of storage.