FAIRFIELD — Merry Meet Circle was well named when developers transformed the former Pepperidge Farm property into a community of luxury homes.

The Ridge is a merry place to meet neighbors and make new friends, even more so for the residents of the stone and wood colonial house at 88 Merry Meet Circle because it is only a stone’s throw away from the community’s recreation center or club house, a heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, and lighted tennis courts. This exclusive enclave in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood also has 24/7 security beginning at the entrance where there is a stone gatehouse that is always staffed.

This house was built in 2005 on a level and meticulously manicured property of more than three acres and has 8,837-square-feet of living space on four finished floors and it epitomizes modern elegance and sophisticated living. The level of detail found inside this house is evident from the exterior, which has a natural shingle exterior with elegant white trim. Each of the windows is topped with a keystone. The covered front entrance has attractive stone work and columns.

The front door is framed by sidelights and a transom and it opens into the two-story foyer which is adorned with a Swarovski crystal chandelier, raised paneled walls, a gracefully curved staircase and decorative wrought iron railings on the stairs and on the bridge on the second floor that crosses over the foyer and family room. Grand scale windows throughout the house provide an abundance of natural sunlight.

The formal living room, which is currently used as a music room, features a marble fireplace with an ornately decorated mantel, milled beam ceiling, and raised paneling on the lower walls. On the opposite side of the foyer the formal dining room features a coffered ceiling. Between the dining room and gourmet kitchen there is a butler’s pantry. In the kitchen there are granite counters, a center island, and high-end stainless appliances including a six-burner Wolf range and Miele espresso machine.

Fluted Ionic columns stand sentinel at the entrance into the spacious family room which has a fireplace and three sets of French doors to the bluestone patio. In the center hallway the flooring comprises hardwood and marble with a decorative border. The paneled office or library features a fireplace, bay window, and built-in bookshelves. Also on the first floor is access to a side covered porch.

On the second floor, the master bedroom suite has a fireplace, tray ceiling, sliding doors to a private balcony, and a marble master bath. There are four more bedrooms on this level, all en suite. The finished third level feature sample space for multiple activities. It could be a recreation or playroom or could even accommodate guests because there is a full bath on that level.

In the full, finished walk-out basement there are many possibilities. It has a media room with a fireplace, a wine cellar, home theater, gym and recreation area and ample space with opportunity for further customization for other family and recreational activities. And, on the subject of activities, The Ridge provides for its residents a country club lifestyle that includes special events and functions for families and adults. There are movie nights, holiday parties, barbeques, clambakes, and a summer camp program for children. The Ridge is also adjacent to an Audubon Society nature reserve, which has bridle trails that connect to the municipally-owned trail system.

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The Ridge, while also in a private setting, is close to the heart of Westport and Fairfield, and the beaches, train stations, shops, restaurants and major highways in both town.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Todd Miller or Erin Melson of Higgins Group Real Estate, Miller at 203-257-9909 or todddavidmiller@gmail.com, and Melson at 203-257-6037 or erinmelson@gmail.com.

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ADDRESS: 88 Merry Meet Circle

PRICE: $1,648,000


AMENITIES: gated community with Gunite heated community swimming pool, tennis court, clubhouse, proximity to the Patterson Club, convenient to Fairfield and Westport, 3.36-acre level property, located on a cul-de-sac, audio system, open floor plan, wine cellar, balcony/deck, exterior lighting, bluestone patio, covered porch, stone wall, central vacuum system, zoned air conditioning and natural gas heat, professionally landscaped, partially fenced property, storm doors and windows, home theater, gym, five fireplaces, front and rear staircases, wood shingle roof, attached three-car garage, full finished walk-out basement, attic, five bedrooms, six full and two half baths

SCHOOL: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $1,454,320

TAX RATE: 25.82 mills

TAXES: $37,551

ASSOCIATION FEE: $375 (includes grounds and road maintenance, insurance, security service, pool service)