FAIRFIELD — Halloween is only a few weeks away and that’s great news for the children of The Ridge, a family-friendly gated neighborhood, which several people claim has “the best trick or treating in town.”

If the treats were houses instead of candy the white-washed brick and stucco colonial with gray trim at 1533 Fence Row Drive would be among the more desirable “confections.” This house is categorized as a colonial but it is far from the typical colonial style. Its appearance is inspired by upscale European country estates and it features a slate roof.

This house has 12 rooms and 5,136 square feet of living space, and it sits on a 2.1-acre level and sloping property in this private, exclusive enclave in Greenfield Hill, which enjoys around-the-clock security, a recreation center or club house, a heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, and lighted tennis courts. A stone gatehouse at the entrance to this gated community has an office with 24-hour staffing and concierge service for all the residents.

The Ridge offers a country club lifestyle that includes summer camp programs for children of all ages, special events and functions for families and adults. Among its offerings are movie nights for children and tweens, a summer clambake, barbecues for residents, holiday parties, and this time of year an Oktoberfest beer tasting and Halloween family party. The Ridge is also adjacent to an Audubon Society nature reserve, which has bridle trails that connect to the municipally-owned trail system.

This house has its own set of luxury amenities including a dramatic butterfly staircase in the two-story marble foyer, seven fireplaces, lush landscaping, slate patios, a lower level billiard or play room, and a clever loft library on the second floor landing with built-in bookshelves, a rolling library ladder, and a sitting area or reading nook.

The house was built in 1987 and was clearly updated since then. It has elegant formal spaces and comfortable casual rooms. Arched and paneled French doors open into the foyer. To the right are French doors into an office, which has one of the home’s many fireplaces, and a bay window. To the left is the formal living room, a portion of which is two-stories and features a two-story Palladium window. It also has a marble fireplace, built-in cabinetry with open display shelving, windows topped with transoms, and French doors to a side slate patio.

The formal dining room has wainscoting on the lower walls and a fireplace. French doors separate it from the living room. Both rooms have a dark wood border inlaid in the hardwood floor. The two-and-a-half-story family room has three walls of windows that go from floor to ceiling. It has a cathedral ceiling, exposed beams, and a tall red brick fireplace flanked by doors to a large raised wood deck. On another wall there is a door to a second slate patio bordered by Belgium block, as the driveway is in front of the house.

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In the gourmet kitchen there is a long center island, an eat-in area, and a door to the rear patio. High end appliances include a Bosch five-burner range top on the island. Down the hall there is a guest bedroom suite with a fireplace on the first floor. On the second floor the landing and master bedroom suite both have a hardwood floor arranged in a herringbone pattern. The landing also has recessed alcoves for displays of objet d’art. The library has a balcony that looks down into the family room.

The master suite has a cathedral ceiling, exposed beams, and fireplace with a decorative mantel. The master bath has a marble floor, a marble herringbone backsplash in the shower, and a free-standing soaking tub. One bedroom has architecturally angled walls that makes it visually interesting.

On the finished walk-out lower level there is a red brick fireplace flanked by French doors to a patio.

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ADDRESS: 1533 Fence Row Drive

PRICE: $1,295,000


AMENITIES: gated community with Gunite heated community swimming pool, tennis court, clubhouse, proximity to the Patterson Club, convenient to Fairfield and Westport, 2.1-acre level and sloping property, slate patios, wood deck, slate roof, central vacuum system, zoned air conditioning and natural gas heat, seven fireplaces, full finished walk-out basement, attached three-car garage, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths

SCHOOL: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $968,380

TAX RATE: 26.59 mills

TAXES: $25,004

ASSOCIATION FEE: $375 (includes grounds maintenance, insurance, security, and pool service)

There will be an Open House for this house and two other Higgins Group listings in The Ridge on Sunday (Oct 1), 1-4 pm. The other two houses, which can also be viewed that day, are as follows: An 8,837-square-foot, 11-room colonial manor house on a 3.36-acre parcel, with five bedrooms, and six full and two half baths at 88 Merry Meet Circle, on the market for $1,648,000; and a 12-room, 5,084-square-foot Georgian colonial at 171 Paddock Hill that has a paneled elevator, four bedrooms, four full and two half baths, on a 2.02-acre property, on the market for $1,550,000.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Todd Miller or Erin Melson of Higgins Group Real Estate, Miller at 203-257-9909 or todddavidmiller@gmail.com, and Melson at 203-257-6037 or erinmelson@gmail.com.