On the Market / Historic home on Southport Harbor hits the market at welcoming price

FAIRFIELD — The next owners of the charming historic colonial farmhouse at 34 Harbor Road will not really purchase a home so much as they will buy into a particular lifestyle.

This 2,376-square-foot waterfront house in Southport Village boasts water views from every room. From the rear section of the house and the large wrap-around wood deck there are stunning views of the Mill River. The front rooms and the covered front porch offer a front row seat to the beauty that is Southport Harbor. That lifestyle includes relaxing views of stellar sunrises and sunsets over those bodies of water, recreational activities on the water - which can be accessed from this property, and enjoyment of Mother Nature’s gifts. Waterfowl and other birds are abundant and worth observing in their natural habitat - cormorants sunning their wings, swans gliding gracefully downstream, great blue herons majestically standing near the shore, egrets stalking fish.

At the far end of the backyard there are wooden steps that go down to the banks of the river, from which the current owners launch kayaks and canoes. They enjoy leisurely paddling down the river, taking strolls into Southport Village, and sipping their morning coffee on the comfortable back deck, which they added to the house. The also expanded the footprint of the house adding a first floor room and the second floor room above it.

The next owners will also be buying a piece of Southport history. This pale coral colored shingle house with ecru and colonial blue trim was built in 1884 and it is included in the architectural and historic survey, sponsored by the Fairfield Historical Society and Connecticut Historical Commission. It was the local miller’s house. The grist mill is next door. This late 19th century home was lovingly cared for and updated by current owners, who have lived there for more than 30 years. They maintained its vintage integrity while also making sure it accommodates modern living. The bottom portion of the built-in cabinets and shelves that flank the brick fireplace in the spacious living room are the original chimney cabinets. Despite its vintage, this house has tall ceilings and ample storage.

The kitchen was remodeled, during which it was given sliding glass doors to the side portion of the large deck. It also has a center island with a breakfast bar for two, granite counters, and stainless appliances including a new refrigerator. Open to the kitchen is the sizable sun room with French doors to the deck and a ceiling fan. Rounding out the first floor is the formal dining room and a charming black and white-tiled full bath, which contains the laundry.

On the second floor there are three bedrooms “with some nice surprises for a house of this vintage,” the listing agent said. The master bedroom suite is quite large and has two closets, one of which is a walk-in. The guest bedroom has a large adjoining room that has flexible use as an office, playroom, media room, or exercise room. The third bedroom has a long closet along its back wall. The full bath in the hall features an old-fashioned claw-foot tub.

Should the next owners need additional living space there is an unfinished walk-up attic with lots of room for additional bedrooms or a recreation or game room.

Outside, there is ample off-street parking in the wide crushed stone driveway.

More Information


TYPE: Antique Colonial Farmhouse

ADDRESS: 34 Harbor Road

PRICE: $899,000


FEATURES: water community, waterfrontage, water views, walk to water, not in a flood zone, walking distance to Southport Harbor and Southport Village, walk to Metro North Southport train station, convenient to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1), 0.22-acre level and gently sloping property, partially fenced property, new boiler (2015), new hot water heater (2016), storm doors and windows, large wrap-around wood deck, covered front porch, one fireplace, fieldstone wall, walk-up attic and separate pull-down attic stairs, attic fan, ceiling fans, full unfinished 750-square-foot walk-out cellar, plenty of storage, zoned natural gas heat, constant hot water, three bedrooms, three full baths

SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $620,690

TAX RATE: 26.59 mills

TAXES: $16,026

This house has a great price point for this area, especially one with water views. It also enjoys convenience to local amenities. Not only is it walking distance to Southport Village but it is equidistant to the Metro North train stations in Southport and downtown Fairfield. Commuters take note, it also has easy access to nearby Post Road (Route 1) and is not far from I-95.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Pamela Foarde of Al Filippone Associates with William Raveis Real Estate at 203-257-9110 or pamf@afahomes.org.

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