On the Market: Updated 1930’s architecture in Brooklawn
Published 12:41 pm, Monday, July 10, 2017
FAIRFIELD — The classic colonial house that was built in 1938 at 165 White Oak Road has stood the test of time. Its original living space was enlarged through the decades to its current 4,549 square feet to accommodate the needs of modern families.
When one large two-story addition was constructed in 1989 the design included a modernized floor plan. But even as the house was given an open flow there are also defined rooms that can be closed off for privacy. That’s a great feature for entertaining because certain rooms or even whole areas of the house can be opened or made off limits depending on the number of guests.
The house also blends classic architectural features of the 1930’s with renovations suitable for today’s lifestyle. Among the home’s many updated features are the renovation and winterization of the sunroom in 1991 and a major kitchen renovation and expansion in 2012. That same year all the hardwood floors were refinished and the lower level exercise room was also completed.
In 2013 a whole house generator was installed and the driveway was repaved and given a border - the first half is bordered by a low fieldstone wall and the portion closer to the house is lined in Belgium block. A flagstone path and stairs lead to the covered front entrance, where the door is flanked by sidelights.
This gray shingle house with black shutters sits on a level and gently sloping property of three quarters of an acre and it is located in the quiet Brooklawn neighborhood with views of the private Brooklawn Country Club and golf course. Fairfield Warde High School is within easy walking distance.
Inside, to the right of the foyer is a study with grass cloth wall covering, a wall of built-in shelving, and French doors for privacy. Step down from the other side of the foyer into the formal living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with built-in cabinetry on either side. There is also a bay window and French doors that lead into the sunroom, which has a hardwood radiant heated floor, ceiling fan, and French doors topped with an arched transom that access the front yard.
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A door at the back of the living room leads into the breakfast room, which has a built-in window seat and two china cabinets. The kitchen has gray marble counters, a long center island, multi-colored earth tone mosaic tile backsplash, glass-front custom cabinetry, built-in wine rack, and high-end appliances including a GE Monogram range top and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Off the kitchen is the two-story sizable addition that includes the formal dining room and first floor master bedroom suite.
The dining room has a red brick floor-to-ceiling fireplace, colonial blue-colored wainscoting on the lower walls, on the exposed ceiling beams and the woodwork. There is a built-in corner china cabinet, a half bath with a marble floor, and a door to a small raised bluestone patio/balcony. In the back hall there is a rear staircase to the second floor family room, a door to a wood deck, a laundry room with a sink, an office with wall-to-wall carpeting and a bay window, and access to the three-car attached garage has a tile floor.
The spacious master suite has a tall cathedral ceiling with trestle beams, a red brick fireplace, three closets - two of them walk-in, a ceiling fan, and a door to the deck. The master bath has a marble radiant heated floor with a decorative basket-weave pattern in one area, a double marble vanity, shower, and large soaking tub.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 165 White Oak Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FEATURES: 0.75-acre level and gently sloping lot, new generator, wet bar, all window treatments, audio system, some new appliances, exercise room, balcony, wood deck, bluestone patio, three fireplaces, exterior lighting, two new oil tanks, freshly painted interior, ceiling fans, storm windows, Thermopane windows, front and back staircases, attached three-car garage, zoned heat, attic, partially finished partial basement, close to Brooklawn Country Club, easy walk to Fairfield Warde High School, five bedrooms, four full and three half baths
SCHOOLS: Stratfield Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Warde High
TAX RATE: 26.59 mills (new rate as of July 1, 2017)
TAXES: $19,035 (* may be different with new mill rate)
On the second floor there are four bedrooms. The original master bedroom is now a great guest suite with a dressing room, built-in dresser drawers, and full bath. Another bedroom has pine paneling on the lower walls and a small window seat with storage. Just outside that bedroom there is another built-in cedar window seat. This floor also has a sitting room. Over the first floor master is the large family room, which has a wet bar.
There are two separate sets of stairs to the basement, which has an exercise room.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Carol McCullough or Alex Goossen of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties; McCullough at 203-521-2781 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Goossen at 518-774-5321 or email@example.com.