A piece of history for sale in Southport
FAIRFIELD — The Oliver Sherwood House is perched perfectly on the edge of history and modernity. The quintessential Southport shingle style home at 683 Pequot Ave. is located in the heart of the Village’s historic district and has exquisite architectural features reminiscent of its 19th century construction while also enjoying a major renovation about a decade ago that imbued it with many modern features.
According to the website www.fairfieldhistory.org there were historic “items found during a 2008 renovation of the Oliver T. Sherwood home” that were donated to the Fairfield Museum and History Center, which are now part of that institution’s collections.
The updated antique house was built in 1894 and sits on a largely level property of two thirds of an acre. The location is not only beautiful, it is practical and convenient. From this house the walk to the Southport train station is just one block. It provides the homeowners and their guests a front row seat for all the activities on the great lawn of the historic Pequot Library, which is just across the street. How convenient to walk across the street for concerts, lectures, the notable twice-a-year book sales, movie nights, children’s activities, special events, or borrow a book. Sit on the wide wrap-around covered front porch to watch the annual Fourth of July bicycle parade.
One of its many special features is the widow’s walk, accessed from the finished third floor. This is a classic feature of coastal New England homes and Southport was a maritime commercial hub in the 17th century. The Village was home to many sea captains. Rather than staring out to Southport Harbor and Long Island Sound anxiously awaiting the return from sea of a loved one the owners of this house can use this railed rooftop perch to enjoy the water views or to watch the annual Fourth of July fireworks.
Those who live in this house can take leisurely strolls to Southport Harbor and Southport Beach, and walk several blocks to the Village shops and eateries. The Post Road (Route 1) and I-95 are only minutes away. Although the beach is close by this property enjoys a Gunite in-ground salt water swimming pool. The current owners installed the pool, the pool house/detached two-car garage with a kitchenette, TV room and half bath, outdoor shower, and the driveway. They constructed an addition to the back giving this house 5,963-square-feet of living space on four fully renovated levels. It also has nine-foot ceilings and generously sized rooms.
A herringbone patterned red brick path leads from the street to the porch. The front door opens into the sizable reception hall. This first floor was designed with socializing in mind. From the hall there are wide entrances and an easy flow from room to room with the formal living room to the left and the billiard room to the right. Both rooms have a fireplace. The living room also has walk-in bay/bow window area and a graceful staircase with one column to the second floor. In the billiard room the walls are covered in leather and there is a decorative fanlight window above the over-sized double-hung window flanked by two smaller double-hungs.
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Throughout this house the upper portion of the window panes have diamond-shaped divided light muntins except in the kitchen, where the muntins are the traditional square shape. In early houses the ornamentation was kept to the formal room or the family and public spaces and the staff rooms, including the kitchen, were plain.
The formal dining room has chair railing, paneling on the lower walls and a built-in corner china cabinet. Pocket doors separate it from the billiard room. In the gourmet eat-in kitchen there is a center island/breakfast bar, marble counters, white ceramic subway tile backsplash, and high-end appliances. Step down into the family room, which has a coffered ceiling and grass cloth wall covering. The mudroom has built-ins, window seat, a half bath, and a side door to the covered dining porch and yard with mature gardens and plantings. There are weeping cherry trees. Hydrangeas and lilacs, and by the pool there are sea grasses and a pergola with grape vines, roses, and clematis. From the yard the iconic steeple of the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church is visible.
On the second floor the master bedroom suite has a fireplace, two walk-in closets, and a spacious marble bath. One bedroom has a door to a large wood deck/balcony over the family room. There are three more bedrooms on this level and two more on the third floor, which also has an office.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Updated Antique Single Style
ADDRESS: 683 Pequot Avenue
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FEATURES: water community; across the street from the Pequot Library, easy walk to Southport Harbor, one block from the Southport train station, 0.66-acre level property, recently installed Gunite in-ground salt water swimming pool, pool house, brick patio, two wrap around lounging and dining porches, storm windows, exercise room, wine cellar, extensive mature gardens, underground sprinkler, tank-less hot water, three fireplaces, rear stairs, zoned air conditioning and heating, cedar closet, two-car attached garage, full finished walk-out basement, wood shingle roof, widow’s walk, six bedrooms, four full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
The finished lower level contains 1,050 feet of the home’s square footage and it include a recreation room, media room, wine cellar, and an exercise room with a mirrored wall.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact the team of On the Harbor of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate (Libby McKinney-Tritschler, Andrew Whiteley and Wendy Ryan) at 203-964-7450 or email@example.com.