1933 colonial in vintage shape
FAIRFIELD — The idyllic setting atop Mine Hill Road was once dotted with agricultural fields. Today it is dotted with high end houses, among them the charming 1933 English colonial at 1235 Mine Hill Road in the Greenfield Hill section of town.
The house was built by Westport architect Charles Cutler, a contemporary of famed stone architect Frazier Peters. Cutler sold Peters his first Westport house back in 1919. Perhaps Cutler was influenced by Peters to include the partial stone façade on this house.
Its curbside view is of the back of the house because once upon a time the driveway entrance was on Congress Street so the front faced that roadway. For some reason the drive was moved to Mine Hill so as one approaches the house they are actually seeing the rear with its new covered porch and outdoor stone, wood-burning fireplace and stone floor.
It matters little whether one approaches the white clapboard and stone house from the front or the back. It’s worth the effort either way. The 3,578-square-foot house sits on a 1.84-acre level property containing wide open lawn, a guest house, Gunite in-ground swimming pool, two stone patios, wisteria-covered pergola, tall privacy hedges, mature trees and rhododendron shrubs and other plantings.
The interior is as attractive as the exterior and offers a glimpse into the vintage of the 20th century house while its updates allow it to accommodate 21st century life including an audio system with music in every room. The small stone-floored entranceway opens to a spacious living room, which features a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, handsome mahogany trim, wood paneled walls, a wood-burning brick fireplace with dentil molding, original light fixture, and recessed bookcases. A pass-through to the wing of the house that contains the family room also has a built-in bookshelf.
French doors separate the living room from the sun or garden room with its stone floor, walls of windows and three doors that open to the grounds and patios. The ceiling of this room has an artistic flare. It is covered with a decorative wallpaper, which might seem unusual to some people but according to interior design experts is a growing trend.
Thomas S. Ayars, a renovation contractor of Painting & Decorating LLC in Nantucket, Mass. and Bethany, Conn., says paper adds height to a room while artist and creator of sculptural lighting says ceilings are “an over-looked fifth wall.” Both would probably appreciate the formal dining room of this house as well as the sun room. It has a deep coral colored wallpaper with a “forest” of gold trees and a special paint treatment of the ceiling to complement the paper.
Between the dining room and the large kitchen is a sizable butler’s pantry with a wood counter with a built-in slanted drain board, antique-copper sink, drawers and glass-front cabinets. Kitchen features include a large eat-in area with a built-in banquette, center island topped in marble, custom cabinetry, and tile floor. Appliances include a Gaggenau four-burner range top and Thermador double ovens.
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Even the half bath by the family room has elevated decorative details. Its hardwood floor is arranged in an attractive pattern.
The family room has two window seats, built-in bookshelves and a stone fireplace flanked by double French doors to the new covered porch. This room is a newer addition but was made to look like it is part of the original construction.
On the second floor the master suite includes separate his and hers baths. “His” bath has a white ceramic tile floor with black accent tiles, a shower and skylight. “Her” bath has a large picture window looking over the backyard, a jetted tub, shower, vaulted ceiling, and marble counter on the vanity. There are three other bedrooms on this floor, one is en suite.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 1235 Mine Hill Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
FEATURES: guest house, 1.84-acre level and fully fenced lot, Gunite in-ground pool, extra insulation, storm windows, new roof on main house and garage in 2013, new septic system in 2013, patios, porch, sprinkler system, terrace, nine-foot ceilings, audio system, three fireplaces - two interior and one exterior, skylight, some window treatments, sun room/solarium, garden shed, full attic, balcony, dry bar, wet bar, exterior lighting, circular driveway, zoned heating and cooling systems, full attic with pull-down stairs, stone wall, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills