On the Market / An antique Victorian jewel for sale in Mill Hill area of town

FAIRFIELD — The antique Victorian house at 840 Mill Hill Road does not seem to appear on the Historical and Architectural Survey of Fairfield although chances are this house does have some historical significance.

It was built around 1859 in a section of Southport that was once farmed by brothers David and John Sherwood. According to town records a house across the street at 825 Mill Hill Road was built by David Sherwood circa 1857 on land he acquired from his father, Hull Sherwood, that same year and was “one of the many Sherwood houses in this area.” The 4,097-square-foot Victorian house is perhaps one of them.

It sits on a one-acre level and gated property and was lovingly and carefully updated. The classic antique wide board floors were recently restored by a wooden boat craftsman. The one-acre lot is augmented by the adjoining 2.84-acre town-owned property - the old Bulkley estate that is now an open meadow. According to the current homeowners the meadow is mowed once a year but is otherwise allowed to grow to attract birds and butterflies. It’s unlikely anything would ever be built on this property.

A gate in the white picket fencing along the front of the house opens to the long circular driveway lined in Belgium block that passes a tall black walnut tree and several swamp maple trees with a circular seat that traverses the base. There is another leisurely place to sit and relax. The covered wrap-around front porch has a swing. It also has the classic gingerbread designs.

The property also has a fenced organic vegetable and herb garden, and there are extensive flowering perennials as well. In the front yard a red brick path leads from the street to the front porch. Enter the pale yellow clapboard house with dark green shutters and white trim via the porch. The front door is flanked by sidelights and opens into the foyer, which provides access to the parlor and formal dining room. Pocket doors separate the parlor from the formal living room, which features the first of the home’s three wood-burning fireplaces. This one has a decorative alabaster mantel with a keystone.

Throughout the house there are attractive architectural finishing touches including paneling below some windows and center medallions on the ceilings in the parlor and living room, both of them different from the other. Some of the vintage doorknobs are glass. Despite the vintage of this house it has nine-foot ceilings, which is not unusual for a house this age but there is often a misconception that all antique houses have low ceilings.

In the oversized dining room there is a tall fireplace and built-in bookshelf. In the eat-in kitchen there is a center island with a breakfast bar, a built-in desk area, large pantry closet with pull-out drawers, and a recessed area that would accommodate a built-in banquette. Although the house has oil heat the kitchen has propane to fuel the cooktop.

There are four bedrooms in this house; one is on the main living level and it is currently used as a den or television room. This room has the third fireplace and the room can be accessed from the dining room and the laundry room where there is a full bath. Off the kitchen there is a mudroom with French doors to the wood deck and flagstone patio. There is also access to the two-car garage and the family room above it. This sizable room can serve as a play or game room or a home office. It has a wall with built-in shelves and a window seat and a cupola.

On the second floor of the main house there are three bedrooms and a small office. The master suite has a tall cathedral ceiling, walk-in closet with organizers, and a bath with a stone floor, double granite vanity, jetted tub, and shower. The finished third floor provides additional living space with exposed beams and a long window seat, and the basement has a 1,500-bottle wine cellar.

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STYLE: Antique Victorian

ADDRESS: 840 Mill Hill Road

PRICE: $1,290,000


FEATURES: one-acre level property, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, restored antique wide board flooring, adjoining town-owned opened space, covered front wrap-around porch, nine-foot ceilings, fenced organic vegetable and herb garden, wood deck, flagstone patio, easy walk to Mill Hill Elementary School, minutes to Southport Village and its restaurants and shops, not far from Southport Harbor and train station, three wood-burning fireplaces, circular driveway, attic, wood shingle roof, ceiling fans, zoned heating, attached two-car garage with a studio above, four bedrooms, three full baths

SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High School

ASSESSMENT: $853,650

MILL RATE: 26.59 mills

TAXES: $22,041

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Ellen Fusco of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-257-7106 or efusco@williampitt.com.