On the Market / Greenfield Hill custom home offers outdoor oasis abutting land trust
FAIRFIELD — The generous square footage of the house and the 2.11-acre property at 255 Quarter Horse Lane combine to create a private oasis that allows for formal and casual living at its best and entertaining on a grand scale. The resort-like setting features a heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, pool house with a bath, and an expansive red brick and stone terrace.
“We built it to match the way we live. It’s a great entertainment house, spacious and gracious,” one of the homeowners said.
This is a property that successfully marries several different styles including the classical architectural detailing of a colonial home, a quiet country setting at the end of a cul-de-sac, and the feeling of a European-inspired villa. The realtor calls this estate “a perfect union of Old World refinement with modern luxury and convenience.”
The house is set well back from the road, adding to the level of privacy, which is further enhanced by this property’s location in the in Greenfield Hill neighborhood. It adjoins protected Aspetuck Land Trust property. The front of the estate is delineated by red brick walls and pillars topped with lanterns and embraced by attractive landscaping. The circular driveway is lined in Belgium block and further defined by manicured shrubbery. A parterre knot garden sits in the circlet in front of the custom brick and clapboard colonial house.
It was first built in 1991 and has been beautifully maintained and updated. This 5,581-square-foot house has generously sized sophisticated rooms that extend to the exterior, inviting indoor-outdoor living.
Enter the house through French doors, framed by sidelights and a transom, that open into the dramatic two-story entry hall which features a gracefully curved staircase with an ornately decorative wrought iron balustrade, limestone floor, customized Venetian plaster walls, and Palladium window. Inside, there is a more contemporary floor plan with rooms that flow one into the other. The formal living room is also two stories and has a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling Palladium window, and Venetian plaster walls. In the formal dining room there is an octagonal tray ceiling, a high-end wallcovering, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass with multiple panes. The office has a silk wall covering and a half bath.
In the sizable gourmet kitchen there are two center islands, one of which is quite large and angular and serving to separate the kitchen from the family room. Both islands and the perimeter counters are topped with granite. There is a marble backsplash, and high-end appliances including a Viking Professional range top with square rather than round burners. The eat-in area has French doors to the terrace/patio.
Off the kitchen the solarium or sun room features three skylights and two sets of French doors to the patio. The family room has a limestone fireplace with a decorative mantel, a tall cathedral ceiling with skylights, and plantation shutters on the wall of tall windows.
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On the second floor there are four bedrooms. A wider part of the landing creates a loft-like sitting area that looks down into the living room. The elegant master suite features a deep tray ceiling, built-in window seat, walk-in closet, and dressing room. In the deluxe marble bath there is a double vanity and double glass doors leading to a separate room that contains the jetted tub and large glass-enclosed shower. Near the back stairwell there is a versatile space that is suitable as an office, homework station, hobby or craft room, playroom, or a fifth bedroom if necessary.
Outside, the pergola over one patio is accentuated by stylish outdoor drapes and wisteria vine. A chimney is covered with climbing hydrangea. The pool house features a half bath, dressing room, and storage of pool equipment. The main house and the pool house have separate septic systems.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Custom Colonial
ADDRESS: 255 Quarter Horse Lane
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: 2.11-acre level property, located at the end of a cul-de-sac, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, pool house with a half bath, proximity to the Patterson Club, audio system, underground sprinkler, exterior lighting, red brick and stone patio, pergola, solarium, two fireplaces, skylights, front and rear staircases, two-car attached garage, attic, unfinished basement, cedar closet, five bedrooms, three full and three half baths
SCHOOL: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 26.59 mills
Plans and room exist for construction of an additional two-car detached garage to augment the two-car garage that is attached to the house.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Michelle Genovesi of Michelle&Company/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-227-4343 or Michelle.Genovesi@Raveis.com.