FAIRFIELD — Mention waterfront living in Fairfield and for most people Long Island Sound comes to mind. Fairfield also has its share of rivers and lakes, which provide relaxing views and recreational activities.

The white shingle colonial house at 253 Henderson Road in the Sturges neighborhood has the Mill River as its “backyard.” There is an actual backyard as well on this level property of just over a third of an acre but it enjoys direct water frontage and 180-degree picturesque views of the river and there is a dock or mooring from which to launch a canoe or kayak or paddleboard. And yet, despite its proximity to the water, this house is not in a flood zone, according to the listing agent. “The homeowners pay no flood insurance,” she said.

When residents tire of the water - like that would ever happen, they can enjoy nearby Sturges Park and Mill Hollow Park, both of which are within easy walking distance. And, the agent said, Henderson is one of Fairfield’s most popular “walkable streets” with sidewalks from end to end, the Mill River at one end and North Pine Creek at the other in this friendly neighborhood. This particular location puts the house within a half mile of downtown Fairfield, the Metro North train station, and Sportsplex so kids can walk to gymnastics classes or hockey practice. They can also walk to and from Ludlowe middle and high schools. Enjoy biking to the local public beaches.

The 1,824-square-foot house was built in 1926. It has a detached one-car garage and a long driveway with lots of space for vehicles. There’s a sort of storybook quality to the front entrance with its arched door with a round multi-paned window. Set back from the front entrance is the covered “side” porch and another door into the house. It is accessed by a flagstone path from the driveway. From the street there is another flagstone path to the front door.

Inside, there is a long living room with a red brick fireplace painted white, a window seat flanked by built-in shelving, and a wide arched entryway into the dining room, which has built-in shelving and china cabinets and sliding doors to the flagstone patio. The dining room is open to the kitchen, where there are granite counters on two and a half walls, white ceramic subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances, and an eat-in area.

The great, or family room, has a cathedral ceiling, exposed beams, bead board on the lower walls, a skylight, and sliding doors to the same patio. At the far end of the backyard there is a raised, waterside wood deck with stairs down to the riverbank. The yard is encircled by picket and split rail fences.

A loft area in the great room provides space for displays of art work, sculptures, or decorative pots for houseplants. Because there is a full bath on the main living level there is potential to convert the great room into a first floor master suite. There is flexibility to this home’s floor plan. In fact, there is enough space in dining room to create a homework or study station.

On the second floor there are three bedrooms and a full bath, and the possibility of adding a fourth bedroom on the finished third floor.

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This house has zoned air conditioning and a recently installed hot water heater.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Christine Magliocco of the Vanderblue Team/Higgins Group at 203-521-8002 or Cmagliocco@higginsgroup.com.

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TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 253 Henderson Road

PRICE: $650,000


FEATURES: water community, direct water frontage, 180-degree views of Mill River, walk to water, dock or mooring, not in a flood zone, convenient to Southport Harbor and Southport Village, walk to Metro North downtown train station, convenient to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1), 0.36-acre level property, located on a cul-de-sac, covered front porch, waterside wood deck, flagstone patio and paths, sidewalk, open floor plan, one fireplace, skylights, zoned natural gas heat, zoned air conditioning, recently installed hot water heater, finished walk-up attic, full basement with hatchway, shed, detached one-car garage, three bedrooms, two full baths

SCHOOLS: Riverfield Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $358,610

TAX RATE: 26.59 mills

TAXES: $9,259