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On the market: Villa well suited to spectacular waterfront setting

Updated 6:46 am, Saturday, May 17, 2014

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  • The waterfront house at 487 Fairfield Beach Road is on the market for $4,750,000. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    The waterfront house at 487 Fairfield Beach Road is on the market for $4,750,000. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Mediterranean villa-style house
ADDRESS: 487 Fairfield Beach Road
PRICE: $4,750,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 14
AMENITIES: Water community, beach rights, direct water frontage, panoramic water views, views of Penfield Lighthouse, walk to Long Island Sound, sandy beach, a 0.53-acre gated property, 6,000-bottle wine cellar and cork room, generator, multiple balconies, veranda, deck, wet bar, dumb waiter, built-in espresso/cappuccino coffee center, storm doors and windows, security system, some window treatments, indoor/outdoor sound system with six control panels and 14 speakers, landscaping, chef's kitchen, energy efficient features including Thermopane insulated windows, central vacuum system, exercise studio with mirrored wall, circular driveway, landscaped stone terrace, stone walkways to beach, pebbled sitting area, radiant heated flooring on the first floor, canine containment system, nine-foot-plus ceilings, open floor plan, French doors, sliding doors, "S" tile clay Mediterranean roof with copper nails over water/ice shield
OTHER INFORMATION: Five bedrooms, six full and two baths, over-sized attached three-car garage with shelving, lower level mudroom, zoned gas hot air radiant heat, zoned central air conditioning, finished walk-up attic, hardwood floors, flood zone, continuous circulating hot water system, 400 AMP underground electrical service, ceiling fans, three fireplaces, boulder-enhanced sea wall, laundry/utility room, irrigation system, real stucco exterior, sewer system, public water
ASSESSMENT: $2,877,000
TAX RATE: 23.93 mills
TAXES: $48,193
HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION FEE: $2,000
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The drive down Fairfield Beach Road is familiar enough to those local residents who love the water -- until one turns into the driveway at No. 487. It's like taking a shortcut to Italy's Mediterranean coast.

Okay, so Long Island Sound doesn't have crystal-blue waters. But it does have a beauty all its own, which can be viewed from many rooms and balconies of this Mediterranean-style house called Villa Re.

The 6,759-square-foot house sits on a 0.53-acre gated property, with 83 feet of waterfront, and offers a refined beach lifestyle with proximity to shops, trains, restaurants and schools.

The side closest to the road features stone walled garden beds around the circular driveway, and the water side has stone walkways to the beach, a pebbled sitting area, and a large veranda, which allows for private relaxing and entertaining despite its proximity to the water and beach. Although the public can walk by, the house sits above the main beach, with a sea wall protecting its privacy. It also has its own private section of beach.

The house was built in 2007 to Federal Emergency Management Agency standards and it withstood a major test in October 2012 when Superstorm Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard. Construction features include Andersen coastal impact resistant windows and doors, Low "E" insulated windows -- 150 mph wind and debris proof -- and a foundation with 48 wood piles and reinforced concrete and steel beam to support 15-to-16-foot raised first floor.

And there is a lot worth protecting inside: A 6,000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar and cork room with a barrel ceiling and four arched wine chambers on either side, spacious chef's kitchen with a logically organized cook line and wrap-around granite counter, radiant heated porcelain tile floors throughout most of the first floor, and a butler's pantry that doubles as a coffee room. It has a built-in Miele espresso/cappuccino coffee center with warming drawers, Italian porcelain tile flooring, cherry cabinetry, granite counters, wet bar, and a dumb waiter that goes from the ground level to the third floor nautical observatory.

The observatory has lacquered oak flooring and ceiling, and an arched doorway that opens to a rooftop terrace with terra-cotta tile decking.

The stately front entrance features a glass-paned, classical arched mahogany door into the gallery entrance hall. The first-floor great room and colonnaded formal dining room both have a 10-foot mahogany coffered ceiling. The great and formal sunken living rooms share a two-sided "see-through" stucco and Travertine fireplace.

Kitchen features include tumbled marble backsplash, pot filler and granite-topped center island. Appliances include a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator and two freezer drawers, Viking six-burner gas range with griddle, and Bosch dishwasher.

The large covered veranda has porcelain tile decking, classical balustrades, mahogany ceiling and steps down to the summer terrace, and stone walkways to the lawn and beach. The veranda is accessed from the great room and sunroom.

A powder room has tumbled terra cotta tile flooring, hammered copper vessel sink and faux Venetian plaster vanity and walls.

On the second floor there are five bedrooms, all en suite and all with their own private balcony. Two are in the east hall, two in the west hall, and the master bedroom suite has its own wing, which allows its occupants to fall to sleep each night to the rhythm of the waves and rise each morning to an ocean view.

The master has its own fireplace, walk-in cedar closet, and gym with mirrored wall and a steam shower. The master bath features are numerous and include a dressing area, his and hers walk-in closets, his and hers Botticino marble vanities with center make-up area, free-standing soaking tub with air jets, walk-in rain shower, and water closet with bidet.

The second-floor laundry room has a sink, ironing board cubby, and oversize front load Bosch washer and dryer.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Victoria Fingelly of Nicholas Fingelly Real Estate at 203-610-0647.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Mediterranean villa-style house

ADDRESS: 487 Fairfield Beach Road

PRICE: $4,750,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 14

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, direct water frontage, panoramic water views, views of Penfield Lighthouse, walk to Long Island Sound, sandy beach, a 0.53-acre gated property, 6,000-bottle wine cellar and cork room, generator, multiple balconies, veranda, deck, wet bar, dumb waiter, built-in espresso/cappuccino coffee center, storm doors and windows, security system, some window treatments, indoor/outdoor sound system with six control panels and 14 speakers, landscaping, chef's kitchen, energy efficient features including Thermopane insulated windows, central vacuum system, exercise studio with mirrored wall, circular driveway, landscaped stone terrace, stone walkways to beach, pebbled sitting area, radiant heated flooring on the first floor, canine containment system, nine-foot-plus ceilings, open floor plan, French doors, sliding doors, "S" tile clay Mediterranean roof with copper nails over water/ice shield

OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, six full and two baths, over-sized attached three-car garage with shelving, lower level mudroom, zoned gas hot air radiant heat, zoned central air conditioning, finished walk-up attic, hardwood floors, flood zone, continuous circulating hot water system, 400 AMP underground electrical service, ceiling fans, three fireplaces, boulder-enhanced sea wall, laundry/utility room, irrigation system, real stucco exterior, sewer system, public water

ASSESSMENT: $ 2,877,000

TAX RATE: 23.93 mills

TAXES: $48,193

HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION FEE: $2, 000