On the Market / 1859 Fairfield house has undergone extensive expansions and renovations
FAIRFIELD — The bustling center of Fairfield with its wealth of upscale restaurants, casual eateries, boutique clothing stores, and other shops gives way to bucolic Greenfield Hill, where some houses still reflect the town’s agricultural past.
The updated antique colonial house at 1945 North St. straddles the past and present with elegance and grace. The house sits on a 2.52-acre corner lot, its level property of pastoral land reminiscent of the days when farm animals may have outnumbered people. It was built circa 1859 and also features a red barn. The house has undergone extensive expansions and renovations to create desired living spaces that accommodate today’s lifestyle. The charm and character of the original structure blends with the newer additions.
This white house with dark green shutters is in the northernmost part of the Greenfield Hill neighborhood on the border of Easton. Although it seems worlds away from downtown Fairfield the truth is it is only six miles from the Fairfield train station and downtown restaurants and shopping. That makes it an ideal weekend getaway or year-round residence, particularly for the sports-minded or nature-loving family.
The large level yard is perfect for child’s play, family events, lawn games, and ball sports. There is a paved area that is large enough for a pickup basketball game or the newly popular pickle ball sport, and the large tier-tiered bluestone and red brick patio offers ample space for outdoor dining and casual entertaining. Additionally, the house is within minutes of the municipally owned Brett Woods Open Space, a 185.7-acre wildlife conservation area featuring hiking trails, bridle paths, and camping. Also nearby is the Connecticut Audubon Society on Burr Street and the 155-acre Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary.
Enter the property by way of one of two driveways; the front, or main semi-circular driveway comprises crushed stone and is on North Street, and the second driveway is on Burr Street. There is also a parking area that can accommodate 10 cars and two more cars can be parked in front of the two-car garage next to the barn.
Enter the 5,297-square-foot house by way of the wrap-around open front porch. The front door opens into the original two-story foyer, where there is authentic wide-board flooring and a curved stairway to the second floor. Inside the rambling 13-room house there are spacious living spaces including the formal living room, which has a vaulted, wood-paneled ceiling with beams, a fireplace, and sliding doors to the patio. The library also has a fireplace as well as built-in bookshelves.
The large formal dining room has a nearly floor-to-ceiling bay window, striking wallpaper, wainscoting on the lower walls, and a café door that opens into a service bar and the gourmet kitchen. The bar has a small refrigerator and wine cooler. The kitchen has a casual sitting area and a large, sunny breakfast room looking over the terrace and yard. The kitchen features granite counters in the bar and on the center island, wood perimeter counters, and white ceramic tile backsplash with a decorative tile border. The island has a breakfast bar for three and in the breakfast room there is a door to the patio and yard.
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From the kitchen step down into a large mudroom with a ceramic tile floor and a built-in desk; perfect as a home command center or a homework station. There is a back door to the patio and yard and a front door to the Burr Street side of the house. The mudroom sits between the main part of the house and a later addition, which includes a game or play room with a built-in window seat, the spacious family room, and two bedrooms. They share a hall bath and could be used as an in-law or nanny suite. The family room has the home’s third fireplace and a door to the patio and yard.
The back staircase leads to the master suite, which has two large walk-in closets and a private bath with double sinks and a large walk-in shower. This second floor has three additional bedrooms and two more full baths.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Updated Antique Colonial
ADDRESS: 1945 North Street
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13
FEATURES: 2.52-acre level property, barn, new cedar wood roof (in May 2018), newly painted exterior and interior, two-tiered patio, wrap-around open porch, circular crushed stone front driveway, additional back driveway, parking area for 10 cars, possible in-law suite, three fireplaces, cable available, close to the Connecticut Audubon Society at Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary and Brett Woods Open Space, proximity to the Patterson Club; only six miles from the Fairfield train station and downtown restaurants and shopping; stone walls, rear stairs, pull-down attic stairs, detached two-car garage, unfinished basement, six bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOL: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
TAX RATE: 26.36 mills
There will be a public Open House on Sunday (Oct. 28), 1-4 pm.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Cathy Mulrenan of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-331-3612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.