On the Market: Fairfield house a present on Christmas Tree Lane
FAIRFIELD — The Arbor Day Foundation invites people to “plant, nurture, and celebrate trees,” and that mission is showcased on the last Friday of April every year. Christmas trees are unusual in that they are planted with the intention of cutting them down. But they are generally recycled, returning to the earth and nourishing the soil.
The contemporary house at 73 Christmas Tree Lane was also “recycled,” and there is no arguing this house nourishes the soul. The house contains 4,088 square feet of understated elegance. It was built in 1969 and in 2013 it underwent a major renovation and second floor addition; the result is a house that is virtually new. It has a new roof, new hardwood floors throughout, new front porch, new driveway lined in Belgium block, new bluestone patio, new windows in two rooms and other spaces, and new landscaping. And that’s just a partial list of all the new features, which goes on for three pages. This house is like the Christmas gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.
The house and its many features are only one part of the present. The other is the unobstructed panoramic views made possible by the tree house-like positioning of this house, which enjoys views of Southport Harbor, Long Island Sound, the Mill River, Country Club of Fairfield, and part of Southport Village. Water views are visible from the first and second floors. This house sits at the end of a cul-de-sac on a level and sloping property of almost one acre in the Southport section of town, making it convenient to Post Road (Route 1) and I-95, and walking distance to Southport Village and the train station.
Approaching this residence from the cul-de-sac and walking down the long paved driveway the house appears to be on the smaller side but that is a trick of the eye. The house is really quite spacious with generously sized rooms that look larger still because of the amount of glass that invites the view inside.
Enter the house from the covered from porch and into the foyer, which is open to the formal living and dining rooms. The living room features custom built-in cabinetry and shelving, a fireplace with dentil molding on its mantel, and two sets of sliding glass doors to the terraced patio. A third set of sliders is in the dining room. In the chef’s kitchen features include honed granite counters, center island, a deep stainless sink, elongated subway tile glass backsplash, and top-of-the-line appliances, among them a Viking six-burner range. Next to the refrigerator is a tall built-in wine rack.
Between the kitchen and family room is a breakfast room with a door to the deck and patio. Step down into the family room, which has a gas-burning fireplace and numerous windows.
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There are two bedrooms on the main level — one of which could be used as an office or music room, two more on the second floor, and one on the lower level. The master is on the second floor and has a sitting area, two walk-in closets, and a balcony. The bedroom on the walk-out lower level has a sitting room and a full bath so it could be used as an au pair suite. It also has water views.
This is a beautiful property in all seasons — now as flowers begin to bloom, fall as leaves change color, and even in winter, which the listing agents said can be particularly enchanting as the scenery duplicates the feeling of a seaside village within a snow globe.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Mary-Jo McAvey or Vince McAvey of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate; Mary-Jo at 203-767-6427 or email@example.com, and Vince at 203-767-6428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 73 Christmas Tree Lane
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7
FEATURES: water community; water views; easy walk to Southport Harbor, Southport Village, and train station; easy access to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1); 0.9-acre level and sloping property; located on a cul-de-sac; new driveway with Belgium block curbing; wood deck; new bluestone patio, new exterior lighting; new hardwood floors throughout; gas heat; new roof, invisible pet fencing; new irrigation system; attached two-car garage; five bedrooms; five full baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills