On the Market: Antique colonial offers year-round Southport Harbor views

FAIRFIELD — Despite unseasonably cool temperatures and more rain than May flowers really need from lingering April showers, summer is just around the corner. Living on or near the waterfront is appealing to many people regardless of the time of year, although summer allows residents to take advantage of their proximity to the water.

The pale coral-colored clapboard antique colonial house at 494 Harbor Road is positioned in the waterfront community of Southport. From its high perch on Harbor Road at the corner of Rose Hill Road, its residents enjoy year-round views of Southport Harbor and Long Island Sound, and they have access to the water for summertime activities.

Make an offer now and perhaps the closing can occur before the official start of the summer on June 21, or by Southport Village’s mark of the summer season on Sunday, June 16. That’s the day of the Southport Street Parade, kicking off at 11 a.m. from Pequot Avenue to Main Street toHarbor Road, concluding at Lower Wharf.

The residents of this house can take the short walk down the street to watch the parade and continue walking to the Lower Wharf, where they can watch the annual Blessing of the Fleet beginning at noon. This 4,360-square-foot, 16-room house is also within walking distance of Southport Beach, the Pequot Yacht Club, Pequot Library, and restaurants and shops in Southport Village. Commuters can travel by foot to the Southport train station just a few blocks away or by vehicle to Route 1 and I-95 just about a mile away.

The architecturally significant house sits behind a row of hedges and a white gate on a third of an acre in the village’s historic district. It was built in 1859 and while updates have been made this house still retains its 19th century charm.

With May being Preservation Month, as celebrated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, perhaps someone who appreciates houses of older vintages might consider calling this place “home.” There is a sidewalk in front of this house and on the other side of the gate, a slate path leads to the covered front porch. French doors open into a home where the rooms are numerous and spacious, and the ceilings tall.

Because of the number of rooms contained in the square footage, this house has great flexibility with the floor plan. The rooms along the front have windows that are nearly floor to ceiling to bring in the views of the harbor and of the Country Club of Fairfield golf course across the harbor. All of the rooms have large paned windows.

Throughout the house there are wide plank wood floors and substantial molding detail. The first floor library features the home’s only fireplace and a wall of floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves. In the sizable updated eat-in kitchen there are ample quartz counters, two stainless sinks and a separate prep sink, a large breakfast nook, and a decorative ceramic tile backsplash above the Thermador Professional six-burner range with a griddle.

There is also a Sub-Zero refrigerator and an appliance garage.There are six bedrooms in this house, many of them with wall-to-wall carpeting, and the third floor provides additional versatile space and a full bath. Move right in or update to your own specifications, the listing agent said.


TYPE: Antique Colonial

ADDRESS: 494 Harbor Road

PRICE: $1,995,000


FEATURES: water community, direct waterfront property, water views of Southport Harbor; walking distance to the Pequot Yacht Club, Southport Village, Metro North train station, the Delamar Hotel, Equinox luxury fitness club and the Pequot Library; not far from Southport Beach, easy access to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1), 0.35-acre level property, located in a historic district, corner lot, two covered porches, slate patio, one fireplace, pre-wired for cable, storm doors and windows, natural gas heat, detached oversized two-car garage, rear stairs, walk-up attic, wood shingle roof, full unfinished basement, six bedrooms, three full and one half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $1,718,010

TAX RATE: 26.36 mills

TAXES: $45,287

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Bonnie Paige of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-331-7512 or bonniep@afahomes.com.