On the Market: Georgian Colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The architect and builder of the Georgian colonial house at 111 Golden Pond Lane clearly had the golden touch. This 8,279-square-foot house has a dozen well-proportioned, well-appointed rooms that combine elegance and comfort.

Every detail of the house was thoughtfully designed and implemented, starting with its perfect positioning on a prime level lot of just over two acres on a quiet cul-de-sac in Greenfield Hill. The house is within walking distance to two protected conservation areas and the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church — site of the enormously popular Dogwood Festival each spring. It is only a short drive from downtown Fairfield and the train station, as well as shops and restaurants along Black Rock Turnpike.

Attractive detailing begins right at the cobblestone driveway lined in Belgium block, which gives way to the red brick path, also bordered by Belgium block that leads to the red brick forecourt and the dramatic front entrance. A couple of fluted columns stand two-stories tall at the front entrance of this white house with black shutters, which features carved wood French doors with decorative leaded glass windows and sidelights. The doors are crowned by dentil molding, an arched, multiple paned transom, and a keystone. If this is the level of detail found on the exterior, imagine what is awaiting inside.

The French doors open to reveal an even more dramatic and beautiful center hall foyer, replete with white marble flooring, sophisticated molding, pilasters, and a butterfly staircase. The flooring is accented with a black marble border and interspersed with black marble tiles. The rooms have high ceilings, many windows, nine of them feature fireplaces, and each room seems to have a different decorative crown molding, one more elaborate and attractive than the next.

In the formal living room there is a fireplace flanked by pilasters, and French doors into the gallery that runs through the middle of the main floor. From the gallery there is access to a rear staircase and into the enormous family room, which features a cathedral ceiling, beams, a floor-to ceiling stone fireplace, skylights, interior balcony, and French doors to a terraced flagstone patio and backyard. The large bar at the back of the family room has a marble counter with room for at least four stools, a sink, and cabinetry.

Features in the spacious gourmet eat-in kitchen include a long center island/breakfast bar, a triple stainless sink as well as another preparation sink on the island. There is also a brick fireplace and in the eat-in section there are skylights, a built-in desk area, French doors into a large sunroom, and another door to the terrace. The crown molding in the sunroom is especially ornate. Two sets of French doors access the formal dining room, one from the sunroom and the other from the foyer. The dining room has a marble fireplace, wainscoting on the lower walls, and deep decorative crown molding.

Another wing houses the sizable office or library and the luxurious first floor master bedroom suite. The office has wood paneled walls, a marble fireplace, and a wall of built-ins, and the master features a sitting area, marble fireplace, walk-in closet, and an opulent marble bath. There are four generously sized bedrooms on the second floor, one of which could serve as the master suite instead of the first floor option, which would then make one heck of a gorgeous guest suite. The second floor option has a fireplace and a private balcony. One other bedroom also has its own balcony, as does the large bonus room. It has a fireplace and is large enough to use as a game, play and yoga room. On the second floor there is also a sauna.

In addition to its decorative beauty this house also has fabulous practical features including a new roof.


TYPE: Georgian Colonial

ADDRESS: 111 Golden Pond Lane

PRICE: $1,550,000


FEATURES: 2.09-acre level property, located on a cul-de-sac, flagstone patio, brick courtyard, mature landscaping, balcony, porch, underground sprinkler, Lutron lighting, nine fireplaces, new roof, 400 amp electrical service, generator, central vacuum, rear stairs, walking distance to the Connecticut Audubon Society John Field Sanctuary and the Aspetuck Land Trust Harwood Preserve; only three miles to Metro North train station, Fairfield Center and its restaurants and shopping; widows walk, attached four-car garage, stone wall, room for an in-ground swimming pool and tennis or sports court, zoned central air conditioning and natural gas heat, septic system, public water connection, full basement, attic, five bedrooms, six full and two half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $1,140,510

TAX RATE: 26.79 mills

TAXES: $30,554


Built in 1990

There is room for a swimming pool and residents can hike in the nearby Connecticut Audubon Society John W. Field and John Mahoney Sanctuary and the Aspetuck Land Trust Harwood Preserve.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Cindy Raney of The Riverside Realty Group at 203-257-8320 or cindy@cindyraney.com.