There is no needle on a compass rose. The purpose of the nautical symbol is to depict the directions on a map -- true north, south, east and west, and all points in between. Needle or not, the wood inlaid compass rose in the handsome Tudor-style Colonial house at 20 Beagling Hill Circle is pointing its next residents homeward. The rose is set into the marble tile floor of the home's two-story foyer.
The house sits in a private setting in The Ridge of Greenfield Hill, Fairfield's only gated community of luxury homes. The Ridge provides a quiet community not far from the Westport border, and surprisingly close to shopping and commuter routes, given its bucolic location.
The house provides a combination of large entertaining and family spaces. Recreational activities are available on the two-acre level property as well as in the community itself. The house has a heated in-ground Gunite swimming pool with a retractable cover and hot tub, while the neighborhood association has a clubhouse, community swimming pool and tennis courts.
The brick, stucco and wood house was built in 1989, but has since been updated and enhanced throughout. The front entrance features double doors with decorative panes of leaded and beveled glass and above them is a large Palladian window.
Inside, it has 6,302 square feet of living space that includes a new chef's kitchen with double appliances, a large center island, granite counters, two built-in computer work stations, and a pot-filler over the gas range. There is also a sliding door to the wood deck.
In the sunken formal living room there is a two-story Palladian window and a fireplace. In one section of the room the ceiling is vaulted. Another portion has a nine-foot-plus coffered ceiling. The family room is also sunken and has its own gas-fueled fireplace embedded in a wall of red brick with a beam mantle and wet bar with a granite counter, glass-front cabinets, beverage refrigerator and icemaker. A sliding door leads to a spacious sunroom, which has wood paneled walls, walls of windows, skylights and French doors to the deck.
Another door leads to a room with ceramic tile flooring, a full bath and a door to the deck. It's a flexible purpose space that the current family uses as a gym. A generous-size mudroom on the opposite end of the house has a built-in bench, closets and cubbies.
Audio speakers are built into the walls in the formal living and dining rooms and kitchen.
On the second floor, the master bedroom suite is quite large and yet is divided in such a way that it feels warm and intimate. Its dressing or sitting room has a fireplace; the walk-in closet is outfitted with numerous built-in drawers, shelves and other organizers, and the master bath has a jetted tub and granite vanity.
In addition to several more bedrooms this floor also has an oversized recreation or media room with a vaulted ceiling and long wall of built-in bookshelves.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Laura Atwood Kottler of Al Filippone Associates, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-650-8794 or email her at LauraK@afahomes.com.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Tudor-style Colonial
ADDRESS: 20 Beagling Hill Circle
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13
AMENITIES: beach rights, gated community, two-acre level and partially fenced property, corner lot, underground utilities, heated in-ground Gunite swimming pool with retractable cover and hot tub, deck, patio, home gym, invisible fence, first floor au pair or guest bedroom with separate entrance, wet bar, interior balcony, ceiling fans, front and rear staircases, three fireplaces, neighborhood association with club house, professional landscaping, herb garden, some window treatments, security system, central vacuum system, chef's kitchen, insulated windows, landscape lighting, exterior sprinkler system, skylights, ceiling fans, proximity to the Patterson Club
OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, five full and one half baths, three-car attached garage, full finished walk-out basement, zoned gas heat, new furnace installed in 2010, zoned central air conditioning, second floor laundry/utility room, mudroom, lower level workshop, semi-circular driveway, French doors, wood shingle roof, vaulted and nine-foot-plus ceilings, hardwood floors and crown molding throughout most of the house, septic system, public water
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
TAX RATE: 23.93 mills
ANNUAL ASSOCIATION FEE: $400 (covers grounds maintenance, pool service, security and more)