On the Market: A 6,638-square-foot Greek revival colonial in Westport
Updated 2:38 pm, Friday, February 3, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Emblazoned on one wall of the gourmet kitchen in the Greek revival colonial at 115 Verna Hill Road is this phrase: “The fondest memories are made when gathering around the table,” and this is the house at which to gather.
When it was built in 2005, the 6,638-square-foot house was given several special places to enjoy meals with family and guests, from the elegant formal dining room to the casual elegance of the large eat-in area of the kitchen and the informal spaces in the backyard. Those outdoor spaces include the bluestone patio and the spacious wrap-around covered porch that has an outdoor fireplace of red brick with a slate mantel. The level yard has an in-ground swimming pool and plenty of open space for lawn games and child’s play.
The house sits on a corner lot of just over two acres, and one side borders Greenfield Hill Road. It has a circular driveway with ample parking for all the guests the homeowners are likely to entertain. The front facade of the white clapboard house with cream-colored shutters has a two-story covered porch and multiple columns. The eaves are adorned with decorative modillions that offer a hint as to the attractive architectural ornamentation found inside this house.
The unique decorative details start at the entrance, with the sidelights and fanlight transom above the front door and continues in the foyer with elaborate entablature over the entrance into the dining room resembling that of a Greek temple. The entablature contains egg and dart molding, and the crown molding throughout the room repeats the modillions of the front facade. This room has two built-in corner china cabinets and wainscoting on the lower walls.
In the formal living room, there is a tall marble fireplace, detailed crown molding that differs from that in the dining room, and two sets of French doors to the rear covered porch. The office has a cathedral ceiling and a compass rose of inlaid wood in the floor — a reminder Long Island Sound is not far from this house in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood. It also has French doors to the same porch.
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There is a long gallery with a barrel ceiling and cove lighting between the dining room and kitchen. This hall provides access to the laundry room and the family room, a full bath with a shower, the mudroom, and a small office that serves as the command center for the house.
The cavernous kitchen is bathed in earth tones, from the natural stone flooring to the color of the cabinetry. It features two center islands: one with a decorative porcelain farmhouse sink depicting pheasants and the second one has a large rectangular hammered copper sink. All three of the separate counter spaces are topped in a different substance. One is granite, one is limestone and one is brass.
Other features include glass front cabinets with panes of seed glass, an open dishware rack, and a decorative mosaic backsplash with a border of white ceramic tiles above the Lachance Cote d’Or five-burner range. This stove was manufactured in the golden hills region of Burgundy in France, which produces some of the best wines in the world. According to the company’s website, it is “dedicated to manufacturing stoves for stately homes and the professional trade.”
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Greek Revival Colonial
ADDRESS: 115 Verna Hill Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 15
FEATURES: 2.01-acre level property, corner lot, in-ground swimming pool, fully fenced backyard, home theater, exercise room, bluestone patio, covered porches, two interior fireplaces, one outdoor fireplace, front and rear staircases, full finished walk-out lower level, two garages with a total of three bays, circular driveway, five bedrooms, five full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
Between the kitchen and eat-in area is a door to the covered porch. These rooms are open to the family room, where there is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, built in cabinetry, and French doors to the patio.
On the second floor, there are four bedrooms. The master suite has two walk-in closets, and its master bath has a claw-foot soaking tub. In the hall, there is a laundry chute. The finished third floor has a large room with flexible use, a bedroom and full bath.
In the finished walk-out lower level, there is an exercise room with two mirrored walls, a media room and a home theater with 12 comfortable reclining chairs each with a swiveling tray for drinks and snacks. This level has a play or game room, full bath and a full service bar with seating for four, two counter spaces and a walk-in pantry.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Bette Gigliotti of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-451-0040 or Bette.Gigliotti@raveis.com.