Good things come to those who wait. The next owners of a Colonial farmhouse at 1170 Hulls Farm Road will have to travel up a half-mile-long driveway to get to the 6,449-square-foot residence. But it's worth that wait.
The country estate at the end of that driveway in the Southport area offers peace and privacy in a bucolic setting that includes a large, open meadow and woodlands. It feels like being in a rural place far away from civilization, and yet commercial outlets located about a mile away in the nearby eastern end of Westport -- a distance only twice the length of the property's driveway.
The property is also convenient to Southport Village, the Southport Railroad Station and Interstate 95.
Originally built in 1979 and completely rebuilt in 2002, this house retains the feel of an old farmhouse. It is an architectural achievement that effortlessly blends the charm of the original New England homesteads with the polish of today's new construction. Together, they create one of Fairfield County's finest estates, and one that enjoys significant tax benefits because of its size.
There are few properties in town that encompass more than 20 acres, but in this neighborhood, there are two. The level property has 20.97 acres and the next-door neighbor has 21.33 acres, which adds to the privacy. On the other side, the privacy veil is provided by Sasco Creek and protected land owned by the Aspetuck Land Trust.
That neighbor, years ago, was famed Broadway composer Richard Rogers, whose property is called Rock Meadow. This property is named Deer Meadow.
In addition to the tranquil views of a meadow, which is enclosed with split-rail fencing and could be a horse property, the estate contains numerous amenities. Because of its location, the house was constructed to maximize indoor and outdoor living in all seasons. There are several bluestone patios and terraces, all of which can be accessed from various rooms throughout the sprawling house.
One of the patios contains an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and provides easy access to the free-form, saltwater, in-ground swimming pool. The wing of the house closest to the pool has a full bath, gym and sauna.
According to the current owners the house is so comfortable and inviting that often during snowstorms friends cross-country ski to their house and spend the night. There is ample room for guests. The main house has six bedrooms and there is also a guest house.
Right from the front entrance, the house feels inviting. Visitors enter through an 1850 front door with decorative sidelights and transom. The floor in the foyer is English limestone.
There is no lack of doors or fireplaces throughout the house. The stone fireplace in the living room is massive. The library has a red brick fireplace. Even the kitchen has a fireplace, as well as an eat-in section with a window seat. As with the rest of the first floor, the kitchen has wide planked and pegged hardwood floors that are made of reclaimed wood from a barn in Greenwich.
In the living room, there is a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams.
The master bedroom suite is on the first floor and features a fireplace, his and hers limestone baths, a large soaking tub, his and hers closets and a walk-in shower.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms including an in-law or au pair suite with a small kitchen, sitting room and bedroom.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial farmhouse
ADDRESS: 1170 Hulls Farm Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 16
AMENITIES: beach rights, 20.97-acre level horse property, in-ground salt water swimming pool, outdoor kitchen with built-in grill, 1,200-bottle wine cellar, guest house, multiple bluestone patios, five working fireplaces, convenient to shopping in eastern Westport, proximity to Southport Raiload Station and Southport Village, border by Sasco Creek and Aspetuck Land Trust property, sauna, gym, interior balcony, insulated windows, security system, skylights, exterior lighting, porch, sprinkler system, driveway and ample parking, numerous French doors, window seats, front and rear staircases, spacious interior rooms
OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms all en suite, seven full and one half baths, two-car attached garage with front and back barn-like doors, carport, full unfinished basement with storage, zoned central air conditioning, zoned oil heat, first floor laundry room, wood shingle roof, shed, hardwood floors throughout, no attic, fenced, some wetlands, septic system, public water
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
ASSESSMENT: $1,182,390 (This parcel falls under public act 490. Property classified under the act will have a lower assessed value than the usual 70 percent of market value.)
TAX RATE: 23.93 mills