On the Market / A reimagined colonial in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — An emerging trend in new construction and renovation is to preserve the classic colonial curb appeal of a house while modernizing the interior to suit our modern lifestyle.

The newly re-imagined colonial house at 120 Senate Lane is a perfect example of this new architectural trend; “a modern aesthetic with a traditional base,” according to Ashley Dortch, an interior designer from Fairfield who was part of the team responsible for this creation. The collaboration between developer, builder, craftsmen and designer resulted in a new residence that is “an amalgam of architectural classicism and fashion forward design that is rooted in the present,” according to the co-listing agents.

Dortch said this 16-room house lends itself to having a dual aesthetic, which incorporates “cool, crisp lines,” carpenter-crafted millwork, and bolection molding with graciously proportioned rooms, high ceilings, an extraordinary number of windows, and a dramatic butterfly staircase in the spacious two-story foyer. Those are examples of its elegant form to which this house marries function by way of numerous modern features such as an elevator, an open flow from room to room, and underground utilities, which ensures unobstructed views of the attractive 3.89-acre level property.

The clapboard and stone house in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood sits majestically in this very private setting. Its roofline is topped with three detailed red brick chimneys with clay pots. The mahogany paneled front door with decorative sidelights and a transom opens to reveal 9,503 square feet of living space on four finished levels. Elegant details are visible throughout the house.

“The white on white palette takes on added dimension from the light, tiles, stonework and fixtures, offering the perfect tableau for self-expression,” the realtors said.

In several rooms there is seven-piece decorative crown molding. In the formal dining room there is a deep tray ceiling, a marble fireplace, and hardwood flooring in a herringbone pattern with a double walnut inlaid border. In the formal living room there is a limestone fireplace set against a raised paneled wall with four fluted columns. The sizable study features a wall of Coventry Gray-painted floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a coffered ceiling, and shiplap.

The huge gourmet eat-in kitchen has a massive center island plus two counter areas. The counters are topped in gray-veined Venato quartz. The island has a breakfast bar for three. The backsplash comprises Carrara marble tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern. The eat-in area, or breakfast nook, sits in a bump-out bay area with skylights and French doors to the granite and bluestone patio and backyard.

Other kitchen features include custom cabinetry, under-cabinet lighting, and high-end appliances - among them a 48-inch Wolf range, 60-inch Thermador refrigerator, and two Bosch dishwashers. Off the kitchen there is a mudroom with built-in cubbies and benches with storage above and below. This area of the house also has a walk-in pantry, powder room, access to the rear stairs, access to the attached three-car garage, and a door to the yard.

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TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 120 Senate Lane

PRICE: $2,995,000


FEATURES: elevator, underground utilities, 3.89-acre level and secluded property, located on a cul-de-sac, professionally landscaped, exterior lighting, patio, porch, stone wall, terrace, underground sprinkler, Thermopane windows, chandelier lift, five fireplaces, open floor plan, central vacuum system, pre-wired for cable and speakers, programmable thermostat, eight-zoned central air conditioning and natural gas heat, circular driveway, attached three-car garage, full partially finished walk-out basement, attic, ridge vents, pool site, six bedrooms, eight full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $2,007,530

TAX RATE: 25.82 mills

TAXES: $51,737

The great room has a coffered ceiling, floor-to-ceiling stone wood-burning fireplace with a raised hearth topped in bluestone, and three sets of French doors to the patio and yard. The sun room offers flexible usage as a billiard, play or game room, a second office, or a reading room.

The main hall features raised panel moldings, triple chair railing, high baseboards, shoe molding, and crown molding. A full bath in the hall of the main level features a Nero Marquina marble countertop, a shower, and Carrara marble mosaic floor.

On the second floor there are five of the home’s six bedrooms. The cavernous yet comfortable master suite is in a private wing and features a marble fireplace, sitting room, dressing room, and Carrara marble bath with custom cabinetry, an over-sized steam shower with a rain head, and a free-standing tub. The other bedrooms are en suite and one especially large bedroom could be used as a playroom, entertainment room, or an au pair or in-law suite.

The finished walk-up third floor has two large bonus rooms and a full bath, and its own cooling and heating zone. The finished lower level has a brick fireplace and ample room for any number of uses including a wet bar, wine cellar, home theater, and game room.

To see a video presentation of the house visit vimeo.com/237868425. For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Listed by William Raveis Real Estate, Denise Walsh and Jessica Walsh of William Raveis Real Estate; Denise at 203-650-1583 or denise.walsh@yahoo.com and Jessica at 617-501-5320 or jessica.walsh@raveis.com.