EASTON — Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, is often credited with saying “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

The quote is not his, and regardless of who actually uttered those words there are at least 34 million people in the United States alone who would vehemently disagree, according to the National Golf Foundation.

For die-hard fans of the sport another saying goes, “It never rains on the golf course.” Those golfers might want to take a look at the antique colonial house at 939 Black Rock Turnpike in Easton’s Aspetuck neighborhood.

As the listing agent for this house says: “Life is better on the 19th hole.” That’s right — this house not only enjoys panoramic views of the Connecticut Golf Club, its owners can “host the 19th hole after a round on the stone patio overlooking the 15th hole fairway,” the agent said.

This home, known as The Wheeler House, is set on a 3.04-acre property atop a knoll bordering the golf course. It is not just notable for its proximity to the golf course. This house is set firmly in Easton history while also being relevant to today’s lifestyle. The stately house was built in 1744 and features “all the charm of yesteryear adapted for today’s world,” according to the agent. This modernized home features 6,238 square feet of living space.

“Stroll through the halls and contemplate the 276 years of footsteps the (original wide-planked) pine floors have felt,” while also appreciating its more contemporary features including 15 spacious rooms, Thermopane windows, and vinyl siding — meaning it requires minimal maintenance, the agent said. The backyard enjoys plenty of room for an in-ground swimming pool.

The trees on the property have also witnessed a lot of history. Many of the maple trees on the manicured grounds are more than 150 years old. The long driveway is bordered by Belgium block and on one side a fieldstone wall follows half way up the driveway, concluding with a stone pillar topped with a lantern at the gate. In addition to the attached three-car garage there is a large parking area.

The living room features a fireplace against a paneled wall and hand-hewn exposed beam ceiling. Dine by firelight in the banquet-sized formal dining room. One of its walls also features floor-to-ceiling shelving and cabinetry for display and storage of china and culinary ware. In the large, open kitchen there is a farm sink, a wide peninsular counter that doubles as a breakfast bar, and high-end appliances including a Sub-Zero range. A Dutch door opens to the slate patio. The breakfast room has a wall of built-in shelves and cabinets. In the butler’s pantry there is counter space and glass-front cabinets.

Original posts and beams are found in the den, which also has a fireplace against a stone wall. The sizable family room is large enough to provide a sitting area and a game or recreation space. This room has French doors to the patio and yard. A study also has a fireplace. On the first floor there is a sun room and what the current family calls “the blue room,” which they say is the perfect place for hobbies and homework. It would also serve well as a media or television room and features a wall of built-ins for media equipment or books. The laundry room is quite large and has a utility sink. Off if it is the equally large mudroom with built-in storage shelves and a bench.

On the second floor there are five bedrooms, two of which have exposed posts and beams and one has a fireplace. In the hallway there are floor-to-ceiling built-in storage drawers. The generously sized master suite features a sitting room and dressing area, and a sizable private bath. Above the garage there is a spacious bonus room that could be a second family room, a game or play room, exercise room, a home theater, home office, art studio, teen hang-out space, “sleepover room,” or a guest or au pair suite as there is a full bath on this level. Flexibility is the key word for this space.

Real Estate Listings

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Roberto A. Ordonez of William Raveis Real Estate at 917-678-0934 or roberto.ordonez@raveis.com.


TYPE: Antique Colonial

ADDRESS: 939 Black Rock Turnpike, Easton

PRICE: $1,395,000


FEATURES: 3.04-acre level, gently sloping, gated, and lightly wooded property; slate patio, exterior lighting, garden area, balcony, wide-planked pine wood flooring: frontage along, view of and walking distance to the Connecticut Golf Club: proximity to the Aspetuck Valley Country Club and golf course and Aspetuck Land Trust preserved properties with hiking trails, ten-minute drive to the Merritt Parkway, close to the Old Bluebird Inn and gas station/auto repair shop, Thermopane windows, four fireplaces, storage shed/horse barn, cable - available, attached three-car garage, full unfinished basement, attic, room for an in-ground swimming pool, private well, septic system, clapboard and vinyl siding, stone walls, five bedrooms, five full baths

SCHOOLS: Samuel Staples Elementary, Helen Keller Middle, Joel Barlow High

ASSESSMENT: $599,630

TAX RATE: 31.00 mills

TAXES: $18,589