FAIRFIELD — The sound of hammering echoes through several streets in the university area of town as one particular neighborhood is completely reshaped.

A few houses on Nutmeg Lane, University Drive and other streets are currently undergoing renovation, being transformed from the modest colonials, ranches, and Capes to homes with larger footprints and visual impact.

Soon the whole street may be lined with houses similar in size and attractive appearance to the taupe-colored colonial house with cream-colored trim at 131 Nutmeg Lane. It was built in 2008 with more square footage and modern amenities than most of the houses on the block, which were constructed decades earlier. The listing agent refers to it as “better than new construction.”

This 13-room shingle house has 4,990 square feet of living space on four finished floors. It sits on a 0.29-acre level and partially fenced property in a convenient location not far from Black Rock Turnpike shops and restaurants in one direction and Post Road (Route 1) shops, restaurants and the Metro-North train station in the other direction.

This section is called the university area for a reason. Fairfield University is less than a mile away. Also close by is Osborn Hill School and playground, and the Aspetuck Land Trust Butkus Pond Preserve.

“This hidden preserve in a quiet neighborhood contains a large ‘catch and release’ pond with fathead minnows, bluegills, and some bass — perfect for fishing with children. Look for the eastern painted turtles sunning on the rocks and water striders skimming on the surface!” the website says.

The house sits on a corner lot at the confluence of Nutmeg Lane, Stonybrook Road and University Drive. The paved driveway lined with Belgium block features room for several cars in addition to the attached two-car garage. In addition to the covered formal front entrance with a barrel ceiling and columns, there is a covered front porch with a casual entrance into the mudroom. The formal front door is flanked by sidelights and opens into the foyer.

Inside, the flooring throughout the house is Brazilian cherry. In the foyer, formal living and formal dining rooms the floor boards are outlined by a double border of lighter hardwood. That detail serves as a reminder about the level of detail, high-quality craftsmanship, and design elements that were incorporated into the entire house, which was also given an ease of flow from one room to the next.

Unlike most newly constructed and newer houses today, which are painted in monochromatic gray colors, the rooms of this house are covered in sophisticated and appealing earth tones. That puts the next owners ahead of the curve as national interior design experts have predicted that earth tones are coming back and will eventually replace the grays.

The living and family rooms feature a coffered ceiling and wainscoting on the lower walls. A wide entrance with two floor-to-ceiling columns — one at either end, leads from the living into the dining room, which also has wainscoting but a tray ceiling. It also has a wide entrance into the gourmet kitchen, where features include a long center island/breakfast bar for three, dark granite counters, an eat-in or breakfast area, and high-end stainless appliances including a Viking Professional refrigerator and Bosch five-burner range top. Off the kitchen is the mudroom and access to the garage.

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The columns are repeated in the wide opening between the kitchen and family room, the latter of which has a stone fireplace, a door to the side yard, and French doors to the stone patio and backyard.

On the upper level the wainscoting, molding detail, and Brazilian cherry floors continue but only in the master suite does the floor have the double border. There are four bedrooms including the sizable master suite, which has a fireplace, sitting area, two walk-in closets and luxurious private bath with a large shower, jetted tub, double vanity, and water closet. One bedroom has access to the hall bath and two others share a Jack-and-Jill-style bath. The finished third level contains the fifth bedroom, a full bath, and a spacious bonus room.

The finished lower level provides a playroom, media room, billiard room, and loads of storage. There is ample space to create a wine cellar.


TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 131 Nutmeg Lane

PRICE: $1,129,000


FEATURES: 0.29-acre level and partially fenced property, playroom with artificial turf, patio, generator, Thermopane windows, close to town and easy for commuters, two fireplaces, natural gas heating system, zoned central air conditioning, attached two-car garage, full finished basement, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Osborn Hill Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $815,850

TAX RATE: 24.79 mills

TAXES: $21,506

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Kelly Higgins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-650-3483 or kelly.higgins@colwellbankermoves.com.