On the Market: Home of renowned engineering firm founder for sale

FAIRFIELD — The website for the internationally renowned, Norwalk-based Altieri Sebor Weiber LLC highlights the vision, excellence and inventive engineering solutions created and implemented by the consulting engineering firm for cultural, educational, community, commercial, residential, and historic buildings.

The firm’s stellar reputation began when John L. Altieri first established it in 1959. According to the website, the firm was selected by world class architects — including Pritzker Laureates Philip Johnson, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, and American Institute of Architects Gold Medal honorees Marcel Breuer and Cesar Pelli — to design systems for theatres, museums, concert halls and aquariums on four continents. Projects have included the Getty, Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and, closer to home, the Yale Whale in New Haven.

With those credentials, could anyone doubt the quality design and craftsmanship of the construction of Altieri’s own home, the gray stucco and stone contemporary-inspired colonial at 703 Verna Hill Road? The 10-room residence was built in 1997 by noteworthy local architect Peter Cadoux. The house is beautifully sited on a 1.22-acre level and landscaped property in the lower Greenfield Hill neighborhood, only miles and minutes from town, train and other conveniences.

It features 5,690 square feet of living and entertaining spaces that masterfully blend artistry and practicality, according to the co-listing agents. Sophisticated, spacious formal rooms give way to comfortable smaller spaces. Rooms that can accommodate large-scale entertaining flow gracefully to intimate, private places. Topping them all off is the innovative tower room, which the Altieri family used as a whimsical place for board and card games.

“Prominent features include a beautiful slate roof, stucco and stone exterior, a striking two-story entry, in-ground Gunite heated pool and a travertine stone patio with covered porch,” according to the agents.

The travertine patio in front of the house serves as an elegant welcome mat. Travertine was also used for the expansive patio in the backyard rather than the ubiquitous bluestone, which dots Fairfield County. Look closely at this natural material. Each individual tile looks like a work of modern art with their agate-like swirls, no two alike. Not only does it underscore the individuality of this stunning property, it also serves a practical purpose. This type of limestone does not retain heat, making it easy on bare feet.

A fieldstone wall lines the front of the property and there are two entrances into the semi-circular driveway, which travels passed beautifully manicured shrubbery and a row of hydrangea “trees.” The decoratively carved front door opens to reveal many features of this impeccably maintained home, including solid wood-paneled doors, hardwood floors, and an abundance of natural light through extra-tall windows with transoms. There are fireplaces in the formal living room and the family room.

Frosted French crackle glass pocket doors separate the formal dining room from the eat-in kitchen, which features granite counters, an L-shaped center island, a breakfast room, and large butler’s pantry with a built-in home command center.


TYPE: Colonial Contemporary

ADDRESS: 703 Verna Hill Road

PRICE: $1,695,000


FEATURES: 1.22-acre level, fenced and landscaped property; heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, two Travertine patios, exterior lighting, underground sprinkler, covered front porch, balconies, open floor plan, tower room, possible in-law or au pair suite, generator, solid wood-paneled doors, two fireplaces, walking distance to the Connecticut Audubon Society John Field Sanctuary and the Aspetuck Land Trust Harwood Preserve; only three miles to Metro North train station, Fairfield Center and its restaurants and shopping; pre-wired for cable, central vacuum, slate roof, tank-less hot water, zoned central air conditioning, oil heat, walk-up attic, full unfinished basement, semi-circular driveway, stone wall, attached three-car garage, public water connection, septic system, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $1,190,000

TAX RATE: 26.79 mills

TAXES: $31,880

The master bedroom suite is on the first floor. Three more bedrooms are on the second floor as is the sizable au-pair suite, above the attached three-car garage, which has a separate entrance and a kitchenette. One of the bedrooms has a balcony that looks over the pool.

Altieri, who passed away on April 8, just one month before his 94th birthday, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a visiting professor at the Yale University School of Architecture, where he taught electrical engineering principles to graduate architecture students for more than 20 years.

According to the Altieri Sebor Weiber website, Altieri’s Managing Director Phil Steiner, said of the founder, “His vision, talent, and drive still motivate younger engineers to be the best they can be.”

Can there be any doubt that this house is the best that it can be? Better get a bid in on this one quickly, especially with the speed at which Fairfield County homes are going as of late.

There will be an open house at 703 Verna Hill Road on Sept. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Pam Baldwin Foarde and Michelle Hennessey of Al Filippone Associates and William Raveis Real Estate; Foarde at 203-257-9110 or pamf@afahomes.com, and Hennessey at 917-449-6806 or michelleh@afahomes.com.

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