ON THE MARKET: Westport mailbox, Fairfield house
FAIRFIELD — Don’t be fooled by the GPS system directions for the colonial at 916 Sturges Highway, which tells motorists that this house is in Westport. It’s only half wrong, though. The house is actually located in Fairfield - the Greenfield Hill section to be specific, but it does have a Westport mailing address. It is that close to the neighboring town’s border.
It matters little which town the house is in. It’s a special property with a large pond that provides an opportunity for fishing in warm weather months and ice skating and hockey in winter. It is actually about the size and shape of a hockey rink. According to the listing agents the pond is man-made and dates back to Fairfield’s agricultural times when it was used to water animals and crops. But it’s not a true retention pond. It is fed by a small stream: Sasco Brook.
The pond has a fountain that goes on automatically every morning to help aerate the water body. At night lights automatically go on around the pond. There are benches on the pond to sit and relax.
The house was built in 1978 on a 2.38-acre level and sloping property. The house is up on a hill and the pond is down below so the wrap-around porch serves as a natural grand stand from which to watch hockey games. The house comes with a restaurant-style propane heater to take the edge off the cold on the porch.
It has 3,386 square feet of living space and an additional 1,240 square feet in the full finished walk-out basement. Belgium block lines the driveway to the house, which is set well back from the main road. From the covered and columned front porch enter into the grand two-story foyer, which has a hardwood floor in a herringbone pattern, vaulted ceiling and Palladium window.
The formal living room has a wood-burning fireplace and is open to the formal dining room. The latter has French doors that lead to the wood-paneled wrap-around screened porch which has three skylights. The home’s second fireplace, also wood-burning, is in the family room. It has a white brick surround and wood mantel. This room contains nine windows and two skylights that keep the room bright even on overcast days.
The family room is open to the kitchen, which features LG stainless appliances that were installed in 2012, a center island topped in a wood counter, breakfast bar, vaulted ceilings, and ceramic tile floor. Another set of French doors in the eat-in area also access the large wrap-around porch.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms and a home office. The master has a walk-in closet and bath with a spa tub.
In the basement there is a playroom and two more rooms that could be converted into a spare bedroom as well as an office, media room, music room, craft room or simply used for additional storage tailored to the needs of the family. There is a full bath on this level. It also features sliding doors to the back yard.
The professionally landscaped park-like grounds contain open lawn, perennial gardens, mature trees and a quintessential New England dry fieldstone wall beyond the pond. There is a fenced area close to the house that would be perfect as a dog run. The property also features invisible pet fencing.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Alan and Melissa Hamilton of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-502-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Real Estate Listings
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 916 Sturges Highway
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: pond, water view, 2.38-acre level and sloping property, multi-tiered deck, new high efficiency furnace (2014), new central air, new hot water heater (2013), new stainless appliances, newly painted exterior (2014), all window trim replaced (2014) big wrap-around screened porch, two fireplaces, ceiling fans, Thermopane windows, stone wall, wood fence, skylights, landscape lighting, irrigation system, invisible pet fence, full finished walk-out basement, two-car garage with storage, no flood insurance necessary, five bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOL: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills