On the Market: A modern home set in New England charm
Published 12:00 am, Friday, January 6, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Amid the historic sea captains’ houses and mansions of Southport Village there is a handful of houses built in the 20th century that fit seamlessly and attractively into the seaside landscape. Among them is an unassuming yet lovely Cape Cod/colonial-style house positioned behind a white picket fence at 260 Harbor Road.
It was built in 1954 on a level property of just over a half acre that looks down onto Southport Harbor and the Fairfield Country Club. With six rooms and 2,207 square feet of living space the house sounds diminutive, but because of its open floor plan, it actually lives like a larger house. There is more than enough room for comfortable living and entertaining in the house itself and on the two-tiered bluestone terrace in the backyard, where there is an outdoor kitchen, beautiful gardens, stone pathways through those gardens, fountains and a long reflecting pool.
The house enjoys proximity to all of Southport’s amenities and those of Fairfield’s nearby downtown. Southport Harbor, Village, train station and the historic Pequot Library are all an easy walk away. Post Road (Route 1) and Interstate 95 are only minutes away by car.
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To enter this enchanting property, walk through the gate and travel up the bluestone path past the manicured front lawn and the rows of rounded shrubbery along the front of the white clapboard house with black shutters.
Enter into the octagonal center hall, which has a patterned hardwood parquet floor and botanical print wall covering in a soft sage color that complements both the professionally landscaped grounds and the views of Southport Harbor, the latter of which is like a work of art.
The colors of the water are different every day, depending on the weather conditions, going from a vibrant aqua blue in sunny conditions to gray to match the sky on cloudy days, and every hue in between. It’s like having a different painting just outside the door every day.
The oversized windows of the formal living room allow for stunning views of this natural and ever-changing beauty. This spacious, yet intimate living room has a nine-foot ceiling, wood-burning fireplace with a granite surround and decorative white wood mantel, a wet bar, built-in bookshelves and a door to the terrace. A wide entrance into the dining room allows for easy flow of guests when entertaining.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 260 Harbor Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 6
FEATURES: water community, beach rights, water views, steps from Southport Harbor, easy walk to shops and restaurants in Southport Village, walking distance to the Southport train station and Pequot Library, easy access to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1), 0.55-acre level property, outdoor kitchen, stone terraces, fountains, audio system, central vacuum system, skylights, some window treatments, zoned gas heat, one fireplace, exterior lighting, sprinkler system, walk-up attic, wood shingle roof, attached under-house two-car garage, ample parking area, three bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
In the family room there is a textured, basket weave wall covering, two banks of windows to take in the views across the terrace, and a door to the lower terrace, where the outdoor kitchen is located.
A breakfast bar for two separates the sitting room from the gourmet kitchen, which has a hardwood floor, Carrera marble counters, vaulted skylight, glass-front cabinetry, and high-end appliances including a Viking six-burner range.
There are three bedrooms in this house, with the master suite on the first floor. It has two built-in window seats and a ceiling fan. The master bath features green marble tile for the floor and surround of the jetted tub. There is a long double vanity and a shower.
On the second floor the hallway is lined with closets. There are two bedrooms and a full bath. One bedroom is currently used as an office. The second floor bath has a marble pedestal sink and wallpaper depicting historic maps, a fitting choice for the location of this house in historic, maritime Southport.
For information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Michelle Genovesi of Michelle&Company/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-454-HOME.