ON THE MARKET: Fairfield house a commuter’s dream
FAIRFIELD — The colonial house at 1337 Stillson Road is a “commuter’s dream,” according to the current owners.
They love the ease with which they can reach the Merritt Parkway to the north and Interstate-95 to the south. Both roadways are equidistant from their house. It’s also an easy commute to Black Rock Turnpike and its retail establishments and restaurants and equally easy to get to the Post Road (Route 1) with all its public amenities, businesses, and train. In other words, the owners are right. This location really is a commuter’s dream.
They also love that when they return from work each day they come home to their own private oasis, a hidden gem in the heart of the University section.
From the street view the house and grounds have the appearance of a typical residence in that neighborhood. Fencing, mature trees, and attractive landscaping combine to protect this haven of relaxation and recreation from view. Only those inside this house or invited into the backyard are able to see this comfortable and eye-catching space.
The owners have created a beautiful setting that includes a heated in-ground swimming pool, patio, two-tiered wood deck with two built-in planters, attractive gardens, stone walls, and a stone path to an upper portion of the backyard where there is a good-sized treehouse. The gardens contain a mix of established shrubbery and perennials including hostas, clematis, astilbes, hydrangeas and rhododenrons.
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Residents may not want to leave the setting but if they do decide to engage in passive recreation elsewhere they can take a leisurely stroll down Stillson Road to the municipally-owned Springer Glen Open Space which, according to the Town of Fairfield website, contains 38 acres of wildlife conservation area and wetlands. Residents are welcome to hike and fish in Springer Glen, and limited parking is available.
This house has a good size driveway with ample parking for other family members or invited guests. This is a great space for entertaining.
Follow the steps up to the slate path which leads to the dark blue house. It has beige trim and black shutters and a covered front porch with two columns. It was built in 1993 and contains 3,024 square feet of living space starting with the spacious two-story foyer. Its powder room has a ceramic tile floor that resembles malachite stone. Throughout the rest of the house the walls are painted in neutral colors.
French doors separate the foyer from the formal living room, which is open to the formal dining room, the latter of which has chair railing. In the spacious, updated kitchen features include a center island, black granite counters, built-in desk area, stainless appliances, pantry, ceramic tile floor, and double stainless sinks.
In the eat-in area there are sliding doors to the deck, yard and pool. Step down from the kitchen into the family room where there is a cathedral ceiling, stone fireplace, ceiling fan, two built-in window seats and sliding French-style doors to the upper tier of the wood deck.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 1337 Stillson Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
FEATURES: heated in-ground swimming pool, open floor plan, landscaped gardens 0.47-acre level and sloping property, partially fenced, two-tiered wood deck, one fireplace, exterior lighting, convenient location with proximity to shops, train, restaurants; walking distance to schools, easy walk to municipal open space area, equidistant to the Merritt Parkway and I-95; invisible pet fencing, zoned gas heating and central air-conditioning, attic, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Osborn Hill Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
Between the kitchen and foyer is a laundry room with a utility sink. Pocket doors close off this area from the foyer.
On the second floor, the master bedroom suite has a deep tray ceiling and a walk-in closet with a window so there is plenty of natural light. The updated master bath features ceramic tile flooring that resembles Carrera marble, two separate vanities topped in granite, shower cube, and a triangular jetted tub that looks over the tranquil backyard.
There are three additional bedrooms on this floor. They share an updated hallway bath.
The lower level features an additional 1,050 square feet to the living space. It provides access to the two-car attached, under house garage. Just inside that door is a mudroom with a stone tile floor, a wall of built-in cubbies, coat hooks and other storage.
There are two other rooms, both with wall-to-wall carpeting. One room has bead board on the lower walls and serves double or even triple duty as a media area to watch television and movies, a playroom, and exercise area. Then there is a separate office with a built-in bookshelf. This lower level has several closets and storage areas.
There will be an open house on Sunday (Aug. 28), 1-4 pm. For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Mary McAvey of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-767-6427 or email@example.com.