On the Market: A colonial revival hits Southport market
Updated 11:17 am, Tuesday, October 4, 2016
FAIRFIELD — Southport Village charmingly straddles its maritime history and this modern era. It is tied to the past with its numerous vintage houses, many of which were the homes of notable sea captains and some of Fairfield’s founding families, while it also looks to the future with the modernization of historic homes.
Among them is the white antique colonial with dark shutters at 187 Westway Road just a block and a half away from Southport Harbor and easy walking distance to the train station, Pequot Library, and the shops in the village. While it retains much of its vintage charm, this house, which was built in 1790, has a wealth of modern amenities, not the least of which is an elevator.
The house has recently undergone a complete renovation in the capable hands of noted local architect Jack Franzen. The house is now considered a colonial revival. It is located on a level property of 1.23-acre, an over-sized lot compared to many others in the village.
The house can be traced back to one of the town’s earliest families. Thomas Dimon, or Dimond in some records, came to Fairfield from England sometime before 1650. He died more than a century before this house was built presumably by his ancestors. According to a friend of the current owner, the Dimon oak tree that stands on the front lawn is about 300 years old.
The 8,062-square-foot, 16-room house is grand in scale and detail and has a mix of elegant formal rooms and casual spaces. The level of detail is evident before entering the house. The wood flooring of the covered front porch is arranged in a herringbone pattern, and in the center hall foyer the staircase has decorative millwork. An arched passageway from the foyer to the living room has a coffered effect and a keystone. This passageway has a niche for display of sculpture or a floral arrangement.
The parlor, or receiving room, has the first of this home’s nine fireplaces. The formal living room has a fireplace, built-in bookshelf, and window seat. Two separate doors open to a long gallery at the back of the house, an ideal entertaining space that has a red brick herringbone patterned floor, bead board ceiling, and three sets of French doors to the backyard.
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Off the hall that connects the center hall to the gallery there is a wet bar room with a hammered nickel sink, wood counters, cabinetry, a dishwasher, and a wall of glass shelving for storage of stemware.
In the formal dining room there is a huge red brick and quarried stone fireplace, exposed beams, French doors to the covered front porch, wide-planked wood floor, and another set of French doors to the gallery. At the back of the dining room is the elevator, which has walls of wood with grain that is so lush it almost resembles velvet fabric wallcovering.
The new wing of the house includes the cavernous gourmet kitchen and family room on the main level and a cavernous library or recreation room and a luxurious guest suite on the second floor. Features in the kitchen include a butler’s pantry area, white lacquered cabinetry with interior lighting, Travertine backsplash and flooring, and a long two-tiered center island topped in marble with a beveled edge. There is also a red brick fireplace. Appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Thermador four-burner range.
In the family room there are four sets of casement windows topped with arched transoms, each with a keystone. French doors lead to a red brick patio. The fireplace is flanked by built-in bookshelves.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique Colonial/Colonial Revival
ADDRESS: 187 Westway Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 16
FEATURES: elevator, a block from Southport Harbor and Village, easy walk to train station and Pequot Library, 1.23-acre level property, semi-circular driveway, privacy fencing, balcony, exterior lighting, patio, porch, nine fireplaces, insulated windows, storm windows, audio system, central vacuum system, some window treatments, front and rear staircases, detached three-car garage, attic, ridge vents, workshop; room for a pool, seven bedrooms, seven full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
Upstairs, the library/rec room gives the sense of being on a ship. It has a vaulted ceiling, two built-in desk areas, shelving, and unusual flooring in a mix of natural woods of varying colors. The guest suite has a pale pink marble fireplace, the same wood flooring but arranged in an inlaid square pattern, and a marble master bath. Four other bedrooms on this floor, including the master suite, have fireplaces. The master bath comprises tumbled marble and pale pink marble counters on the separate vanities. Its barrel ceiling is painted to resemble a blue sky with puffy white clouds.
On the third floor there are two more bedrooms.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Liz Flavin of “On the Harbor” Team at Al Filippone Associates, William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-615-3834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.