Chic cape in private setting good spot to relax
FAIRFIELD — The private setting on which a Cape Cod-style colonial house sits at 430 Verna Hill Road is so inviting it’s hard to decide where to position one’s self to enjoy the quietude and the inviting surroundings.
The current homeowner came up with a perfect solution. There is not one particular place to relax. Rather, there are several places from which to choose depending on one’s mood, including three bluestone patios; one of which graces the front lawn and two in the spacious backyard near the in-ground swimming pool and pool house. Then there is the covered front porch and a covered wood deck or porch in the back.
This attractive oasis is on a gated property of 1.07 acre in lower Greenfield Hill, which was another major selling point for the current owner who appreciates its proximity to downtown Fairfield, local shops, restaurants and the train station and the solitude the location allows. Verna Hill is a very quiet road that is not well traveled because it is not a convenient commuter short cut.
A fieldstone wall stands along the street border of the property. Travel through the gates and down the Belgium block-lined driveway to the covered and columned front porch to the house, which was built in 1952. It originally had a much smaller footprint. In fact, viewing the house from the roadway can be deceptive. It looks smaller than it really is from the curb but several additions that were constructed at various times since the mid-20th century has given this house 11 rooms and 3,549 square feet of living space.
Entrance into the house is through French doors. Inside, there is a flexible floor plan.
The rooms that serve as the formal dining and family rooms can be switched depending on the needs of the next family.
The kitchen sits between both of these rooms. Over the two-car attached garage there is a large bonus room that also has flexible use as an office, art studio, play room, or another bedroom if one is necessary.
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From the foyer step down into the family room, which has a fireplace and a wall of built-in bookshelves and cabinetry. The formal living room, on the opposite side of the house also has a fireplace with dentil molding, crown dentil molding, built-in bookshelves, and French doors to the back porch and attractive backyard. The dining room has French doors to the same porch.
The kitchen features black granite counters, a large triangular center island with a prep sink and breakfast bar, limestone backsplash, built-in desk area, and double stainless sinks. Among the high end appliances are a Dacor five-burner range top and double wall ovens.
From the kitchen step down into a back hallway that provides access to the garage, a door to the side of the house by the driveway, another door on the opposite wall to a bluestone patio with a red brick sitting wall topped in slate in the yard, laundry room and mudroom.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Cape Cod, Colonial
ADDRESS: 430 Verna Hill Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: 1.07-acre level property, gated property, in-ground swimming pool, three patios, covered deck, covered porch, Thermopane insulated windows, storm doors, ridge vents, two fireplaces, first floor master suite, exterior lighting, ceiling fans, stone wall, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
There is also a full bath, which comes in handy after gardening, playing in the backyard and swimming in the in-ground pool. The mudroom has many built-in closets, drawers, cabinets, a built-in seat and coat hooks so it can serve as storage space and a cabana.
The room above the garage has a cathedral ceiling, wall-to-wall carpeting and a wall of windows with a Palladium-style picture window flanked by double hung windows.
The main living level contains the master bedroom suite, which has a cathedral ceiling, wall of built-in shelves and cabinetry, a separate sitting room that could be used as a nursery or dressing room, large walk-in closet and master bath with a granite tile floor and double vanity, deep soaking tub, and shower stall.
On the second floor there are two bedrooms that share a hall bath.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Melanie Smith of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 203-319-3403. Additional information is also available at www.melaniesmith