Fairfield home a Garden of Eden
Updated 7:05 pm, Saturday, June 11, 2016
If one were to imagine Congress Street as a long tiara, then it follows that the regal roadway in Greenfield Hill is studded with many luxury properties as its crown jewels; one of its most precious gems being the 3.35-acre gated estate at 2959 Congress Street for its graceful grounds, dramatic homestead and wealth of amenities.
It might as well be the Garden of Eden before the fall of Adam and Eve, so lush is its landscape, so colorful and fragrant are its perennial gardens, which line the long and winding driveway to the 18-room, 12,159-square-foot stone mansion. Stone figures prominently in this private estate from the moment one turns into the driveway, where decorative stonework marks the entrance even before passing through the ornate wrought iron gates and the two stone pillars topped with eagles standing sentinel.
The prone stonework continues in the form of periodic medallions concluding in the circular driveway in front of the house, offering a hint to the stone artistry that exists throughout this property in the house, the terraced patios, exterior stone walls, and interior fireplaces. The estate, which has a European feel, was created by local stone artists and the premiere masonry of this house and its grounds are their masterpiece.
Designed by architect Michael LoBuglio, of Newtown, and built in 1999, the Georgian colonial house comprises gray stone and a center façade and four columns of composite white marble, which is repeated in the railings of the rear terraces and balconies. Adding to the dramatic front entrance is the apron of red brick and the granite “flooring.” The house is topped with a slate roof containing six different kinds of slate to vary the color and add to its visual appeal.
The mahogany front door opens to the two-story limestone foyer to reveal an open floor plan with generously sized rooms, custom moldings and maple floors. This house was built for multi-generational living. It actually boasts two master suites, one at either end of the house, for just that reason. The size and amenities of the house and its setting make it perfect for both formal and casual living and entertaining on a grand scale.
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Among its many entertaining assets are its three kitchens — the cavernous main gourmet kitchen, an auxiliary first floor kitchen, and a third one in the finished walk-out lower level. Just outside its door is a sizable kitchen garden for vegetables and herbs. The secondary kitchen has a wide-planked wood floor, granite counters and two stainless sinks.
The main kitchen has a hardwood floor in a herringbone pattern; a long three-sided, two-tiered center island topped in granite; some glass-front cabinets with interior lighting; built-in desk area; and two Sub-Zero refrigerators. Above the eight-burner Viking range is a decorative, hand-painted tile mural. The breakfast room has a wet bar/coffee bar entertainment center on one wall.
Off the kitchen are an office with a modified coffered ceiling and a television room with two doors on separate walls leading to the Canadian granite patios, gorgeous gardens — designed by Wesley Stout of New Canaan, and backyard, which includes a gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, a spa in a separate location, and a pond —one of two on the property. The other has a fountain.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Georgian Colonial
ADDRESS: 2959 Congress Street
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 18
FEATURES: full-house generator, elevator, gated property, 3.35-acre level and sloping parcel, gunite heated in-ground pool, electric pool cover, spa, stone terraced patios, three kitchens, two ponds, fountain, waterfall, 600-amp electrical service, professional landscaping with specimen plantings, slate roof, five fireplaces, all window treatments, audio system, central vacuum system, Thermopane insulated windows, extra insulation, stone walls, irrigation system, nine heating and cooling zones, balconies, gazebo, two garages with flagstone floors/four bays total, six bedrooms, nine full and three half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills
In the den there is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, deep coffered ceiling, decorative French doors separating it from the foyer, and two more doors to the backyard amenities, which also includes a built-in grilling area. Fireplaces are also found in the formal living and dining rooms, family room, and main master suite; all of them are both gas and wood-burning.
An elevator off the foyer services all four floors. On the second floor, in addition to the two masters there are four more bedrooms, all en suite. The main master bath has Calacatta Gold marble floor, detailed millwork, and French-imported decorative white ceramic tiles on the lower walls. The second master has limestone flooring and custom cabinetry with hand-painted floral designs.
On the finished third floor is a game room with red oak floor, full bath and generous storage space. The lower level adds another 2,234 square feet to the living space. In addition to the kitchen it features a floor with three types of stone — flagstone, fieldstone and crab orchard, wet bar area, sitting area, another gaming space and more storage.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact William “Tuck” Keating of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at 203-585-9922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.