On the Market: Classic colonial in Fairfield offers coastal living, convenience

FAIRFIELD — There’s convenient and then there’s really convenient. The classic colonial house at 224 Old Post Road is within minutes of nearly anything anybody could possibly want in Fairfield.

This house is within walking distance of nearly everything including schools, Town Hall, the local beaches, the Metro North train station, the public library, shops, restaurants, a grocery store, and the Fairfield Museum and History Center. As the listing agent puts it, “Enjoy carefree coastal living in this rare six-bedroom, gracious, center hall colonial with entertaining and living spaces on four levels, at an inviting Old Post Road address … Beach living with town convenience.”

The house offers early 20th century style, charm and character with newer, upscale custom updates and improvements. It was built in the Beach neighborhood in 1920 and was later expanded to its current 4,873 square feet. The house is only a few blocks from South Benson Marina, and only slightly farther away from Jennings Beach and Penfield Beach. One of this home’s functional features is its full bath on the lower level so that residents can shower after a day at the beach without tracking sand throughout the house. One of its attractions is that, despite its location so close to the water, this property does not require flood insurance, according to the agent.

It sits only about a block from Post Road (Route 1). The agent calls this “the quiet end” of Old Post Road. But walk up a long block to Beach Road to watch the tail end of the Memorial Day Parade every year without having to sit in traffic and hunt for a parking space.

A white picket fence lines the front of the property with a gate and wide red brick path to the covered front entrance of the white house with pale gray shutters. The front door opens into the generously sized foyer from which there are wide entrances into the formal living and dining rooms on opposite sides. Throughout much of the house there are over-sized windows and stunning architectural details including dentil moldings, augmented by nine-foot ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors.

During a more recent renovation the house received a well-designed open and flowing floor plan befitting a modern day house. What had been the kitchen was converted into a mud room with a side door entrance and a butler’s pantry. The former kitchen was replaced with an upscale chef’s kitchen containing a center island, granite counters, and a spacious eating area that adjoins the relaxing family room. It has a door to the deck.

The dining room has a coffered ceiling, two built-in corner china cabinets, and wainscoting on the lower walls. The living room features the home’s only fireplace flanked by two sets of French doors to the three-season sun room with walls of windows. The sun room can access the deck.

At the top of the graceful staircase to the second floor, the staircase splits sort of butterfly style with one set of stairs leading to the original part of the house and its three bedrooms and dedicated office, and another set of stairs leading into the new section of the house, which features the master suite. It has a large walk-in closet with built-in dresser drawers and organizers, and private white marble bath with a decorative stained glass window, double vanity, shower, jetted tub, and water closet.


TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 224 Old Post Road

PRICE: $1,295,000


FEATURES: historic district, water community, no flood insurance required; walking distance to Penfield Beach, South Benson Marina, Town Hall; walking distance to Post Road (Route 1), restaurants, shops, and train station; 0.25-acre partially fenced property, cable - available, open floor plan, deck, garden area, exterior lighting, enclosed porch, tank-less hot water, one fireplace, zoned central air conditioning and natural gas heat, detached one-car garage, public water and sewer connections, full finished walk-out basement with full bath, attic, second level laundry room and another laundry hook-up in the basement, tons of storage, room for an in-ground swimming pool, six bedrooms, four full and two half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $699,510

TAX RATE: 26.79 mills

TAXES: $18,740

The third floor is a perfect teen hang-out suite or guest quarters with two large bedrooms, a full bath and play area.

The lower level has a large den or recreation room and French doors to the backyard.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Kelly Finn of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-895-0961 or kelly.finn@cbmoves.com.

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