ON THE MARKET: Historic Fairfield house made new again and bigger
Updated 3:42 pm, Friday, July 8, 2016
FAIRFIELD — The specialness of the spacious white Colonial house and property at 215 Greenfield Hill Road are evident from the moment one turns into the long circular, Belgium block-lined driveway.
Built in 1921, the house was expanded and renovated for today’s lifestyle. As one of the two co-listing agents said, the house has “modern amenities, fixtures and finishes (that) seamlessly combine with distinctive vintage details.”
Once the viewer recovers from the stupor induced by the stunning, breathtaking three-acre level and sloping grounds, they will experience more of the same inside the 7,393-square-foot house. The estate, which is in the lower Greenfield Hill section of Fairfield, has an abundance of flowering trees, mature trees, specimen plantings, ornamental grasses and colorful perennial gardens.
The size of the grounds creates a private oasis, which contains a Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, bluestone patio, pergola, renovated cottage with a wood-burning stone fireplace, and a playhouse that doubles as a shed.
The house features skylights, oversized windows and atrium windows that bring the beauty of the landscaping indoors, while allowing those inside to enjoy the beautiful views.
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Because of the home’s location in Greenfield Hill, it enjoys a “peek-a-boo” view of Long Island Sound when the trees are bare in winter. Its location gives it proximity to the Merritt Parkway in one direction and downtown Fairfield, shops, restaurants and the train station in the other.
Inside, the house is filled with generously sized rooms, curved walls of glass, exposed beams, high ceilings and notable architectural designs starting in the entrance foyer, which has a hardwood floor arranged in a herringbone pattern. The formal staircase to the second floor gracefully curves as it begins its ascent.
Two columns stand at the wide entrance to the formal living room, which extends from the front to the back of the house. Those columns are repeated in the crème de marfil marble fireplace. There are two more columns in the room. Other living room features include a windowed alcove that is ideal as a grand piano nook, and French doors to the expansive terraced bluestone patios.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 215 Greenfield Hill Road
FEATURES: Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, renovated cottage with stone fireplace, playhouse/shed, three-acre level and sloping property, pergola, large bluestone terraces and patios, deck, balcony, professional landscaping, circular driveway, porte cochere, three fireplaces, peaked wooden roof, skylights, sound system, wet bar, all window treatments, audio system, Thermopane insulated windows, three-car attached garage, front and rear staircases, finished walk-up attic, two laundry rooms, stone walls, zoned air conditioning and radiant heat, four bedrooms, six full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
MILL RATE: 24.4 mills
Off the living room is a sun room with two sets of French doors to the patio and garden, where there are tall hedges and a gate. The library has two walls of built-in bookshelves and French doors to the same patio. In the family room there is a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and two separate doors to a covered wood porch.
The formal dining room has a bay window and French doors that separate it from the front hall, and a hardwood floor with a walnut inlaid border. The butler’s pantry has a green granite counter, hammered circular sink and beverage refrigerator.
Features of the cavernous gourmet kitchen include a decoratively embossed tin tile backsplash, pot filler, center island with granite counter, eat-in area and French doors to the patio. Behind the sinks is a special area to water plants. Appliances include a 48-inch Viking Professional six-burner range and griddle, Viking Professional double ovens, Sub-Zero refrigerator and two dishwashers, which will come in handy for all the entertaining the next owners will do.
On the second floor, French doors capped by a transom provide entry into the cavernous master suite. This bedroom has a fireplace, a large private deck, and walk-in closet/dressing room. There is also a sitting room that could be used as a nursery or gym. The master bath has a Travertine floor, jetted tub with a marble surround and limestone counter on the double vanity. There are two more bedrooms on this level and two on the third floor, where there is also a marble bath and window seat.
There is a large bonus room above the garage with a full bath just outside of it. The landing is wide and there is a sitting or reading area that could serve as a homework space.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact co-listing agents Denise Walsh of Denise Walsh & Partners/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-650-1583 or Todd David Miller of Higgins Group Real Estate at 203-257-9909.