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On the market: A Mediterranean standout in Southport

Updated 8:59 am, Friday, June 27, 2014

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  • The property at 987 Pequot Ave. is on the market for $3,495,000. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    The property at 987 Pequot Ave. is on the market for $3,495,000. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Contemporary Mediterranean
ADDRESS: 987 Pequot Ave.
PRICE: $3,495,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13
FEATURES: Water community, walk to Southport Harbor, walking distance to Southport Village center and the Pequot Library, walk to Southport train station, seasonal studio/guest cottage, 2.79-acre level property, in-ground Gunite swimming pool, bluestone terrace/patio, wood shingle roof, partial wood fencing, balcony, four fireplaces, six bedrooms, five full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
ASSESSMENT: $2,945,390
TAX RATE: 23.93 mills
TAXES: $70,483
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The Southport section of Fairfield is known for its antique Colonial houses in a seaport setting, so a Contemporary Mediterranean-influenced house would stand out for its uniqueness in the landscape if it was visible.

The unusual house at 987 Pequot Ave. would definitely catch the eyes of passersby, were it not set well back from the road and cloaked in mature trees and established shrubbery. The siting of the house and the landscaping around it offer complete privacy, yet it is only a short stroll from Southport Harbor, Southport Village, Pequot Library and Southport train station.

Some have called it "an oasis in the heart of the Village." The owners call it Roseway.

The house, built in 1958, sits on a 2.79-acre level property, one of the largest parcels in Southport Village, where zoning only requires half-acre lots. A long, pebble driveway is lined in Belgian block and winds past the large, open front lawn lined with Hawthorne trees. The grounds resemble a botanical garden and include a melange of shade trees, boxwood hedges, specimen plantings, and manicured lawn. Large, full rhododendrons greet guests at the courtyard entrance of the whitewashed brick house.

This is an elegant house, formal and yet comfortable. It has 5,049 square feet of living space and an inviting backyard with a Gunite in-ground swimming pool, bluestone patio and a moon wall, which is a circular opening in the whitewashed, vine-covered brick wall. The house and yard combine to create a place for casual everyday living and grand entertaining.

The front entrance is wide with French doors that open into a spacious foyer with wallpapering that resembles large sandstones. The foyer opens into a large gallery with a white and light gray marble floor, paneled walls and an 11-foot ceiling.

Roseway's main living areas are off the central gallery. The formal living room has a tray ceiling, cove lighting and a European-style marble, wood-burning fireplace. There are also three sets of French doors that open to the terrace/patio and the swimming pool. Transoms crown the living room windows and French doors.

At the end of the gallery in the southwest wing of the house there is a sitting room that leads into a library, office and guest suite. The office has a serving area with a marble counter, cabinet and beverage refrigerator. The library has a European-style marble fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and a wall-covering that resembles grass cloth.

Rooms in the northeast wing include the formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, family room and staff quarters, the latter of which could be used as another office and an exercise room. The dining room has French doors that access the patio by the brick wall.

There are two center islands in the kitchen, one of which is long and separates the kitchen from the family room. The kitchen also features Carrera marble counters. The large, open dining area of the kitchen has French doors to the side yard. The family room has an unusual sandstone fireplace and built-in bookshelves. There is a cafe door between the kitchen and dining room.

The decorative metal railing of the formal staircase is original to the house. On the second level wall-to-wall carpeting covers the floors of both bedrooms. The master bedroom suite features a fireplace and French doors to a balcony that provides a view of the pool.

On the third floor there are two more bedrooms, a full bath, and a landing that is large enough to create a study or homework area.

The guest cottage is for seasonal use but there is a gas line so it could be heated for year-round use. It has a full bath and could also be used as an art studio.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Paul Triantafel of Nicholas Fingelly Real Estate at 203-454-6433.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Contemporary Mediterranean

ADDRESS: 987 Pequot Ave.

PRICE: $3,495,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13

FEATURES: water community, walk to Southport Harbor, walking distance to Southport Village center and the Pequot Library, walk to Southport train station, seasonal studio/guest cottage, 2.79-acre level property, in-ground Gunite swimming pool, bluestone terrace/patio, wood shingle roof, partial wood fencing, balcony, four fireplaces, six bedrooms, five full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $2,945,390

TAX RATE: 23.93 mills

TAXES: $70,483