On the market: Comfortable enclave in Fairfield’s former horse country
Thoroughbred racing history was made last Saturday when American Pharaoh won the Belmont Stakes and with it the Triple Crown - the first time that has happened in 37 years.
Fairfield has its own equine history, which is recognized in some street names in the north end of town: Paddock Hill Lane, Riders Lane, Horseshoe Lane, all off Merwins Lane.
Some residents recall a time when Quarter Horse Lane, also off Merwins, was just a large pasture and horses ran freely in those open fields. Now the cul-de-sac is dotted with 11 houses, one of which is on the market. The Georgian Colonial at 173 Quarter Horse Lane was built in 1992, and although nothing about it resembles a horse barn, this house is fit for a Triple Crown winner, or its trainer at the very least.
A fieldstone wall runs along the front of the property. Stone pillars topped with lanterns and basket statuary mark the entrances to the semi-circular driveway on the 2-acre level and landscaped property, which includes a heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool and extensive perennial gardens. Tall columns and a wall of red brick mark the covered front entrance flanked by sidelights and topped with a transom and Palladium window. Two wings of the house also feature Palladium windows and the roofline is crowned in dentil molding.
Inside the 6,400-square-foot pale yellow house with white shutters there is architectural artistry in the 900-square-foot oak paneled library and on the walls of several rooms where whimsical hand-painted murals and scenes decorate the walls; all painted by local artists.
The two-story foyer has a marble floor and transoms over the entrances into the formal living and dining rooms. The first of the hand-painted elements is visible in the dining room where there is an ornate vine and leaf border around the ceiling and one corner on the ceiling has a winged cherub holding a pink rose, three of its petals cascading down the dentil crown molding and on the wall.
The living room has a marble fireplace with decorative molding on the mantel and above it. There is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the family room and three more fireplaces throughout the house including the master suite. The family room also has custom plantation shutters and a built-in entertainment center.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Georgian Colonial
ADDRESS: 173 Quarter Horse Lane
FEATURES: located on a cul-de-sac, Gunite in-ground swimming pool, 2-acre landscaped and level property, stone patio, deck, gazebo, hand-painted murals, gym, five fireplaces, storm doors and windows, central vacuuming, fieldstone wall, skylight, finished walk-out basement, five bedrooms and four full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
MILL RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $37, 505
A deep archway provides a portal to the palatial library in which quarter-sawn oak paneling covers the walls and the 18-foot tall coffered ceiling features hand-stenciled elements. Six wooden gargoyles stand guard over the Corinthian columns, built-in bookshelves, wet bar, concealed file drawers, sitting area with fireplace, and a billiard table area with a wall that has a built-in rack to hold pool sticks. A wood inlaid compass rose sits in the middle of the floor. Two sets of tall Palladium-like French doors open to the backyard near the free-form pool and flagstone patio.
Features in the gourmet kitchen include a marble-topped center island with a built-in wine rack, built-in desk area, eat-in area with a door to the new Trex deck, and a wood floor with the boards installed on a diagonal.
Walking into the spacious sun room is like walking outside on a sunny day. The walls and the cathedral ceiling are completely covered in a mural of blue sky and fluffy white clouds. The last stanza of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem Autumn Fires is emblazoned on one wall: “Sing a song of seasons! Something bright in all! Flowers in the summer, Fires in the fall!” The sun room also has a wet bar with a marble counter and door to the deck.
A mudroom that leads to the rear stairs has a wood floor, but is painted to resemble a stone path. On the wall by the first step a painted rabbit sits upright among vines and leaves that run up the wall and across the carpeting.
There are five bedrooms, a guest room en suite on the first floor and the others upstairs. The master has a tray ceiling, two walk-in closets and marble bath.
The current owners say they enjoy their farm-to-table meals. They get produce from the nearby farm stands. Local farms also offer apple-picking, hayrides, pumpkins and apple cider.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Charlotte Cotton of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-247-4944 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.