Beautiful architecture inside and out of this Fairfield home
FAIRFIELD — The term “Victorian architecture” refers to several house styles that were developed during the reign of Great Britain’s Queen Victoria, who was crowned in 1837 and ruled until her death in 1901.
According to the website for HGTV, “The Victorian styles evolved largely from the imposing, elaborate Gothic style, which appealed to the romantic Victorian idea that fashion, architecture and furnishings should be beautiful rather than practical.”
The colonial house at 1041 Round Hill Road has all the architectural earmarks of a Victorian house built in the 1880s but is only six years old and is equally beautiful and practical. Additionally, it is within walking distance of downtown Fairfield and its many retail shops, restaurants and the train station, but the heavily treed property of just over an acre and a half in the University section feels more like a country property in the northern end of town.
The beautiful architectural design details are not just found inside. They begin with the intricate front façade of this house including a turret, white trim and mill work. Rather than containing one building material this exterior comprises a mix of cedar, clapboard, and shakes; and while many people think of Victorians decorated in bright paint colors the hues on this house are more muted. The varying shades go from a charcoal gray shingle at the bottom to a medium gray clapboard in the middle and a beige-gray scalloping on the top.
The interior of the 3,959-square-foot house is just as artistically interesting. The colors on the walls are also subtle but still have an impact. Some of the walls have hand-painted murals. It has natural hardwood floors and walls of windows.
Enter the house from the wrap-around, covered front porch through the French doors into the foyer. To the left is an octagonal office, which has a fireplace with a decorative mantel and ornate metal cover. The fireplace in the formal living room also has a similar cover. The living room is open to the formal dining room, the latter of which is separated from the gourmet kitchen by French doors.
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Kitchen features include a long center island with a granite counter, farm sink, hardwood floor, and cabinetry with leaded, textured glass doors. Appliances include a Viking Professional six-burner range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The eat-in area has a door to an open porch.
In the two-story family room there is a fireplace - the only one in the house that is functional. The others are only decorative.
On the second floor there is a large landing that serves as a bridge from one wing of the house to the other. One side looks down into the foyer and the other into the family room. There are four bedrooms on this floor as well as a large library with a vaulted ceiling. All the bedrooms are en suite.
The master bedroom has a fireplace and sitting area in a two-story turret. The master bath features an old-fashioned claw-foot tub, vaulted ceiling, Palladium window and basket-weave patterned floor.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Modern Victorian, Colonial
ADDRESS: 1041 Round Hill Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FEATURES: 1.57-acre level property, insulated windows, wrap-around covered porch, three fireplaces, landscaped gardens, convenient location with proximity to shops, train, restaurants, equidistant to the Merritt Parkway and I-95, stone wall, built in 2008, zoned gas heat and central air conditioning, attic, ridge vents, workshop, three-car garage, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Riverfield Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
The finished basement contains another 1,797 square feet of living space including a media area, workshop, a large built-in cabinet with a desk and granite counter, and a gym with a mirrored wall.
The house sits on a 1.57-acre parcel that includes attractive landscaping and perennial gardens. The long driveway accommodates many cars and in front of the house there is a forecourt and a patterned red brick path to the front entrance.