On the market: Tuscan accents showcased in Stratfield
Updated 7:02 am, Sunday, August 2, 2015
Drive down Churchill Road in the Stratfield section of town and one Tuscan-inspired property stands out amid the row of mostly traditional Colonials. The 2,701-square-foot house at 125 Stoneleigh Road on a corner lot along Churchill is also a Colonial, but there is nothing traditional or standard about it.
Turn into this property and get the feeling that someone plucked a Tuscan villa and a 0.4-acre parcel from central Italy and dropped them onto this corner. “We love the Italian look,” one of the owners said.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped. With a street name like Stoneleigh it’s appropriate that the owners have invested $300,000 in stone walls as well as other landscaping elements including flower gardens, specimen trees and other plantings, and wrought iron fencing. That figure represents almost half the value of the house.
It was built in 1950 as a split-level and when the current owners bought it renovation was the first order of business. It evolved a little over time and the finished product includes new hardwood floors and new windows throughout the house. The replacement windows are larger than the existing ones to enhance the views of the exterior grounds, which includes terraced stone retention walls, rock gardens, numerous flower beds, statuary, a flagstone patio and several sitting areas.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial split-level
ADDRESS: 125 Stoneleigh Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: corner lot, professional landscaping with specimen plantings and trees, extensive stone work, au pair suite, homeowners have made many upgrades, minutes to shopping and restaurants in Stratfield Village and Black Rock Turnpike, walking distance to Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course and Lt. Owen Fish Park, patio, one fireplace, finished basement with workshop, two-car attached under-house garage, three bedrooms, two full and one half updated baths
SCHOOLS: North Stratfield Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Warde High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills
The owners had the retention walls dismantled and completely rebuilt using the same stones and without the use of mortar. “We wanted to keep the same look,” one owner said.
Some of the gardens are encircled in Belgium block and they contain rose of Sharon, azaleas, lilacs, rhododendrons, hostas and many red maples. There is a Tuscany-inspired screened pergola and a glass-enclosed porch with slate flooring for three-season dining and entertaining.
“We did so much stone work outside. We did the whole property. It’s such a transformation … It stands out here because it’s not the norm,” an owner said. They also lined the driveway with knee-high stone walls. The exterior of the house is made of wood and stone.
Inside, the walls are painted in warm colors that resemble the countryside of Tuscany and there are wrought iron railings inside as well as out. The sunken formal living room and den have built-in bookshelves. The den also provides access to the enclosed porch. The house as a newer eat-in kitchen with a center island and granite counters.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms and from that vantage point it feels like you are in the trees. On the lower level there is a large au-pair or in-law suite with a separate entrance.
The homeowners have beautiful designer furniture and are willing to include it in the sale of the house for an additional fee.
There will be an open house on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 pm.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Charlotte Cotton of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-247-4944 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .