On the Market: Attention to detail at this Southport home
FAIRFIELD — The only thing missing from the cream-colored stucco Georgian French country-style house at 1011 Gunston Road and its attractive property is a picture frame. So beautiful is this two-acre estate that it looks like a piece of artwork that could hang on a gallery wall, and that’s relevant since one of its owners is a professional artist.
That artistic vision is apparent throughout this 5,819-square-foot, 10-room house in the Southport section of town. There is a particular level of detail in every room. Actually, the attention to detail is demonstrated from the moment one drives up to this property, which sits toward the end of a cul-de-sac that is within walking distance to Southport Harbor, Southport Beach, the train station, Pequot Library and Southport Village.
The front of the gated property is lined with tall holly bushes that are trimmed in the shape of arborvitaes, and in the semi-circular driveway there is a large forecourt comprising Belgium block and paving stones arranged in an attractive design.
The house was built in 1963. The original construction and subsequent renovations and updates give visitors the sense that the house and grounds are not in Connecticut but in the French countryside from the French limestone radiant heat floors of the gourmet kitchen and master bath to the espalier pear trees flanking one of several sets of French doors leading to the spacious bluestone patio with red brick sitting walls and a built-in grill.
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Almost everything about this house is unusual right from the moment one steps into the oval-shaped entrance foyer, which has a hardwood floor in a herringbone pattern. Step down into the sizable formal living room, which also has a patterned hardwood floor, a fireplace and two sets of French doors to the two-tiered bluestone patio and yard. The doors are curved as are the dividers between panes of glass.
Hidden behind the paneling of one wall in the formal dining room are two cabinets, one dedicated to china, silver and linen, and the other with shallow shelving especially made for storage of stemware. The tops of these cabinet doors are gently curved providing a unifying element with the living room doors and the identical set of French doors in the dining room that access the patio. The cabinet doors are topped with a keystone. The cafe doors into the kitchen from the dining room contain decorative frosted glass panes and above them is an arched transom with beveled glass.
A second door leads from the dining room to a butler’s pantry with honed granite counters, French limestone floor, sink, and glass-front cabinetry. A front gallery has a side entrance to the house for deliveries, a walk-in pantry, laundry room, half bath, closets, and a wall of glass cubes. The eat-in kitchen has the same granite counters as the butler’s pantry, center island, limestone backsplash, GE Monogram six-burner range and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
Step down into the family room, where there is a French limestone floor - although it is not radiant heated. The fireplace has a limestone mantel and there is another set of French doors to the patio. There is a mudroom off the family room that the current owners use as a garden room and potting shed.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Georgian French Country House
ADDRESS: 1011 Gunston Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
FEATURES: water community; easy walk to Southport Harbor and beach, convenient to Southport Village and train station, generator, 1.99-acre level property; cul-de-sac, service bar, billiard room, multi-level flagstone terrace, two fireplaces, two garages with six vehicle bays, Thermopane insulated windows, slate roof, sprinkler system, tank-less hot water, skylights, stone walls, professional landscaping, semi-circular driveway, attic, room for a pool, four bedrooms; four full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills
At the opposite end of the house there is a hallway that contains a service bar with an exquisite stone counter that resembles Labradorite and an opening into the living room. This end of the house also has a billiard room that could be used as a library. It has a window seat and built-in bookshelves.
A curved staircase that leads to the second floor has nickel and brass rails. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, all en suite and all with wall-to-wall carpeting, and there are a number of other rooms that the current owner uses as art studio space. One of these rooms has French doors to a balcony.
The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, and two walk-in closets with organizers. One has a dressing room. The closets in this room and the others have lighting that automatically turns on when the doors are opened. The master bath as a radiant heat Italian porcelain tile floor, Italian porcelain tile backsplash on the lower walls, a jetted tub and steam shower.
In addition to the four-car attached, heated garage there is a detached two-car garage with loft space above.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Nancy Dolan or Lynn Dolan, of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Nancy Dolan at 203-258-2303 or email@example.com, and Lynn Dolan at 818-620-0554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.