On the Market: A private oasis is ‘where California meets Connecticut’
FAIRFIELD — It’s hard to believe that any house so convenient to the Merritt Parkway could offer complete silence, serenity and privacy and yet, there it is near the top of Hoydens Hill: A contemporary, barn-style house at 552 Hoydens Hill Road in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood.
This private oasis is “where California meets Connecticut,” the current owners said. The homeowners said this is an enchanting place that affords a lifestyle, not just a place to live; a lot to be thankful for. The house is set well back from the road on a 2.51-acre level and sloping property that is appropriately called Sun Haven.
“The rising morning sun floods the kitchen and then bathes the “sunrise” patio, slowly moving with the clock around the front of the house, flooding one room after another (with sunlight) until it sets over the trees to the right of the “sunset” deck off the master bedroom, where we enjoy our cocktails,” one owners said.
It’s not just sunlight that casts a spell on this former horse property. When snow falls the property is just magical, according to the owners. Buffering this beauty is the H. Smith Richardson Golf Course, which abuts this residential property, and Hemlock Reservoir, which is only a block away on the Easton border. Since it provides water for several Fairfield County communities it is undoubtedly safe from development so this hill is likely to keep its privacy and peacefulness indefinitely.
There are numerous multi-tiered natural stone and blue stone patios on which to sit, relax and take in the attractive views and quietude. One of the patios has built-in benches.
Travel the long paved driveway to this “everyday retreat,” where slate steps with stone risers lead to the covered front entrance of the beige house with vertical board siding. Inside, there is 4,290 square feet of living space and an open flow. While contemporary in style this house lends itself to contemporary or traditional furniture and furnishings.
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The foyer is sizable, so much so that it could be used as a sitting room, reading nook or even a study. It has a long bird’s eye maple window seat with storage underneath and three skylights above, and a curio cabinet with interior lighting.
The formal living room has a vaulted ceiling, wall of windows, a floor-to-ceiling, wood-burning field stone fireplace, and more skylights, which are prevalent in several rooms, as are the deep window sills. The formal dining room has chair railing and crown molding which continues with a border on the ceiling.
The house was built in 1948 and has undergone updating. Never is that more evident than in the cook’s kitchen, which features an over-sized center island topped with granite reminiscent of New Zealand pava shells. The other counters comprise smooth slabs of South American river stone. The butler’s pantry has two counters topped in leathered stone.
Other kitchen features include two refrigerator drawers plus the standard Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking Professional six-burner induction range with square rather than the typical round pot placements, and double stainless sinks. The pantry has a beverage refrigerator, copper wet bar sink, and cabinets with seed glass doors. The eat-in area has a built-in desk and sliding doors to one of the many patios.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 552 Hoydens Hill Road
FEATURES: Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, pool house/barn, deck, numerous stone patios, 2.51-acre level and sloping property, partially fenced, balconies, paddock area, one fireplace, two wet bars, insulated windows, ridge vents, skylights, stone walls, full partially finished walk-out basement, two-car attached garage, well water, adjacent to H. Smith Richardson Golf Course, only two minutes from the Merritt Parkway, convenient to shops on Black Rock Turnpike, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High School
MILL RATE: 25.45 mills
The family room is much like a solarium and has a door to a separate patio. Take a few steps up from the main level into the master bedroom suite. This private wing has his and hers baths with a shared shower, closets and French doors to the “sunset” balcony/deck. Two additional bedrooms and full bath are on the second floor. The ground level suite includes a private entry, mudroom, full bath, wet bar and a guest bedroom or office.
Outside by the Gunite in-ground swimming pool is a former barn that was converted into a pool house with a shower, changing room, bath and kitchenette. The names of the horses that once resided there, Nip n Tuck, are carved into their former stalls.
The house is only two minutes from the Merritt Parkway, quite convenient for commuters, and about five minutes from shops on Black Rock Turnpike.
To set up an appointment to see the house, contact co-listing agents Denise Walsh or Jessica Walsh of Denise Walsh & Partners/William Raveis Real Estate, Denise at 203-650-1583 or email@example.com and Jessica at 617-501-5320 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.552hoydenshill.com.