On the Market: Open floor plan gives historic Fairfield farmhouse space
Published 8:56 am, Wednesday, April 12, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield’s historic Greenfield Hill neighborhood is dotted with an eclectic mix of houses representing several centuries from pre-Revolutionary War times up to the modern era. Sitting among them is a renovated gray colonial farmhouse at 280 Verna Hill Road, on the corner of Hillside Road, which was built in 1947 but a portion of it has roots back to the early 18th century.
The house was remodeled in 2000 by Boston architect Derek Bloom, the son of a previous owner, who creatively combined a bit of the home’s agricultural and traditional heritage with a modern sensibility. In that project the then small kitchen with a low ceiling was expanded and given a 14-foot vaulted ceiling, very wide-planked pine flooring, high-end stainless appliances, and culinary features appropriate to someone in the food service industry - the chosen profession of one of the homeowners.
Although the house has only seven rooms and 2,294 square footage of living space on three floors, which sounds small compared to the 10,000-square-foot houses being built today, the open floor plan gives this house ample room for day-to-day living and entertaining. The owners accommodated two dozen guests at a sit-down dinner in this house, and its two-tiered bluestone patio extends the space to the outdoors during warm weather months.
The house sits in a tranquil setting on a lot of almost three quarters of an acre, on which Browns Brook wanders through.
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There are two entrances into the house from the driveway, where there is a two-car garage attached by a breezeway. The spacious living room, adorned in chocolate brown walls with contrasting white trim, has a fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves. A single door on one wall leads to one part of the yard and two sets of French doors on the wall opposite the fireplace lead to the redone patio and yard.
The dining room also has a door to the patio as well as a built-in window seat - which the current owners call a love seat, and book shelving. In the chef’s kitchen there is a center island topped in butcher’s block, Carrera marble counters and backsplash, white cabinetry, a built-in seat, wet bar, and a Thermador five-burner range. Three windows over the deep stainless sink provide attractive views of the beautiful setting. Accessed in the foyer is a half bath with a limestone floor.
Rounding out the first floor is a bedroom that has flexible use. This was the original master suite. It has a ceiling of exposed beams, grass cloth wall covering, and full bath.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial Farmhouse
ADDRESS: 280 Verna Hill Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7
FEATURES: 0.70-acre level property, corner lot, brook, bluestone patio, wet bar, two fireplaces, exterior lighting, storm doors, full partially finished walk-out lower level, cedar shingle wood roof, cast iron zoned gas heat, pull-down attic stairs, lots of storage closets and other spaces, attached two-car garage, fieldstone foundation, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
On the second floor there are two bedrooms, one of which is the master. Both bedrooms have wall-to-wall carpeting and both are en suite. The first has a marble bath with bead board on the lower walls and a deep soaking tub. The bath of the other features white ceramic subway tile on the lower walls and the backsplash of its shower stall.
The full, partially finished, walk-out lower level contains a bedroom with a wide stone fireplace, which may have been the original kitchen in the early home. This fireplace has a beehive oven and raised stone hearth. The bedroom has hand-hewn exposed beams on the ceiling and one wall, interior shutters on its three windows, and a door that leads to a private patio hidden behind a scrim of hedges.
The property is adorned in perennial flowers, shrubbery and mature trees, including a river birch tree.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Tara Hawley or Doris Rowe, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Tara at 2-3-331-5939 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Doris at 203-767-0920 or email@example.com.