The opportunity to own a unique house in a convenient neighborhood at a reasonable price might be too good to pass up, especially after prospective buyers see the vintage architectural details of the Queen Anne Victorian house at 122 Stratfield Road. Houses just aren't built this way anymore.

This house is rich with history and charm. Built in 1894, the house was the original rectory for Assumption Church and boasts seven original stained-glass windows, exquisite original woodwork, a custom-designed kitchen with original tin ceiling, a Brazilian mahogany conservatory with a doggie door, and a 100-year Vermont slate roof installed in 2000 on the main house as well as the two-car detached garage.

It sits across from Brooklawn Country Club on a 0.19-acre level corner lot -- Querida Street is the side street.

The pale coral-pink clapboard and scalloped shakes house with white trim was meticulously preserved in a 2004 renovation that integrated the charm of the past with the conveniences of today's lifestyle. Timeless period details, like the original tin ceiling of the updated gourmet kitchen and an ornate built-in mahogany mirror in the formal dining room, were blended with modern-day amenities, like the heated floor of the marble master bath and the high-end stainless appliances of the kitchen. Other kitchen features include a raised, red brick gas fireplace, granite-topped center island and farm sink.

The house greets residents and visitors with a welcoming covered wrap-around porch. The front façade is unusual and deceptive. Its angles give it the appearance of a small house with narrow rooms. Rather, most rooms are spacious with nine-foot-plus ceilings.

The first of the stained-glass windows -- every one of them different -- is found in the vestibule, which also features French doors with beveled glass and original hardware. The entrance foyer is well appointed, with fluted columns that separate it from the family room, original millwork, and a hand-carved decorative newel post topped with a period light fixture. The art nouveau lantern had been gas-fueled, but was converted to electric.

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An inlaid soapstone fireplace is the centerpiece of the living room. It is one of two fireplaces and the only one original to the house. Its walls are painted in an antiqued crackle effect. The formal dining room has a wall of arched amber-glass windows.

Off the kitchen is the conservatory, or sun room, which has a vaulted ceiling. This room was added in 2004. Some panels open to reveal secret spaces.

On the second floor there are three bedrooms, two full baths, several hand-crafted, tongue-and-groove paneled doors and reproduction vintage wall sconces. The third floor has one more bedroom, storage closets and a smaller room that could serve as an office or art studio. The floors on this upper level are wide-planked knotty pine.

In all, there are 2,614 square feet of living space, plus an additional 1,084 square feet in the full, unfinished walk-out basement, which has a workshop, wine cellar, exercise area, a huge double utility sink and lots of storage.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique Queen Anne Victorian
ADDRESS: 122 Stratfield Road
PRICE: $649,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: Corner lot, across from Brooklawn Country Club, view of golf course, 0.19-acre level property, fenced yard, easy access to public transportation, Brazilian mahogany conservatory with a doggie door, water-filtration system, seven original stained-glass windows, slate roof, two fireplaces, 9-foot-plus ceilings, all window treatments, central vacuum system, front and rear staircases, landscaped yard, updated gourmet kitchen, exterior lighting, period and reproduction light fixtures, newer mechanicals and air conditioning, four bedrooms, three full baths
SCHOOLS: Stratfield Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
ASSESSMENT: $359,170
TAX RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $8,595

The garage has unfinished loft space, which could easily be converted to an office or studio. The attractive yard is a manageable size and yet is big enough to have several sitting areas and perennial flower gardens.

There will be an open house at the property on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Tracie Rigione and Vicky Ihlefeld of Al Filippone Associates, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-292-5173 or email them at tracieandvicki@afahomes.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Antique Queen Anne Victorian

ADDRESS: 122 Stratfield Road

PRICE: $649,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

FEATURES: corner lot, across from Brooklawn Country Club, view of golf course, 0.19-acre level property, fenced yard, easy access to public transportation, Brazilian mahogany conservatory with a doggie door, water-filtration system, seven original stained-glass windows, slate roof, two fireplaces, 9-foot-plus ceilings, all window treatments, central vacuum system, front and rear staircases, landscaped yard, updated gourmet kitchen, exterior lighting, period and reproduction light fixtures, newer mechanicals and air conditioning, four bedrooms, three full baths

SCHOOLS: Stratfield Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $359,170

TAX RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $8,595