FAIRFIELD — A modest raised ranch that was originally built in 1950 was expanded and renovated by its current owners, who tore down walls and re-invented their living space inside and out. They created a modern day Cape Cod-style farmhouse at 1220 Redding Road in Greenfield Hill.

“It’s such a unique house. It’s got so much character, and the property is gorgeous,” one realtor said at a recent open house. It would be a great year-round residence or a weekend retreat from Manhattan; far enough away from “civilization” to enjoy privacy and quietude yet only about five minutes from the town center and train station.

The backyard perennial gardens were tended with care and planted in such a way that a symphony of colors changes with the spring, summer and fall seasons. In fact, the flowers in these gardens are more colorful this autumn than the leaves on the trees, which are usually adorned in a fiery fall display this time of year. The yard also has a vegetable garden and two stone patios on two levels, ideal places from which to take in views of the bucolic property of 3.73 acres.

A third patio surrounded by a stacked stone wall is on the side of the house and is accessed from the dining room. At the far end of this largely level property a brook meanders through. The wide open lawn - great for soccer or croquet, is bordered by towering deciduous and evergreen trees.

The buttercream yellow house with white trim has attractive landscaping in the front yard as well with a Japanese maple, hydrangeas, roses, pachysandra, and other plantings that are in flower beds lined with Belgium block along the front of the house. A covered front porch provides another relaxation venue. The front door opens to reveal 3,940 square feet of living space on several levels and walls of windows from which to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The great room comprises the living and dining rooms, and kitchen. Together they serve as the heart of this residence. The living room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and three oversized picture windows that provide optimal views of the gardens and the natural setting beyond. Kitchen features include a wide center island with a breakfast bar, granite counters, two GE Monogram wall ovens, and a Bosch five-burner range. Off the kitchen a former mudroom was converted into a large butler’s pantry featuring a cathedral ceiling, glass-front and other cabinetry, a pantry closet, and two counter areas; ideal for catering staff when entertaining guest.

This wing of the house has two other levels, the first of which is just a few steps up off the kitchen and it houses two en suite bedrooms. Then a flight of stairs leads to the second floor, which has the master bedroom and a second bedroom, both en suite. The roomy master has a sitting area, walk-in closet, and a wall of built-in dresser drawers. Step up into the spa-like master bath, where there is a soaking tub with a marble surround, double shower, double vanity with a marble counter, and radiant heated stone flooring. The other bedroom is currently used as an office but could also be a nursery or a large walk-in closet and dressing room for the master. This level has random-width pegged hardwood flooring.

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Another wing contains the family room, which provides access to the attached two-car garage and a new spacious bonus room above the garage. The family room has a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, a wall of casement windows looking over the patios and gardens, and a door to those patios and gardens. The studio has a tall vaulted ceiling and a ceiling fan. This room is so large that it is suitable for multiple functions. There is a sitting or media area, and the current family also have it set up as an art studio and an exercise area.

The partial, unfinished walk-out lower level, contains the laundry room, a workshop, and additional storage.

There will be an Open House on Sunday (Oct. 29), 1-3 p.m.

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TYPE: Cape Cod, Farmhouse

ADDRESS: 1220 Redding Road

PRICE: $1,049,000


FEATURES: 3.73-acre largely level property, three stone patios, brook, covered front porch, stone walls, one fireplace, large butler’s pantry, perennial gardens, vegetable garden, generator, Thermopane insulated windows, attic, attic fan, ridge vents, zoned heating system, close to town and train, equidistant to I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, attached two-car garage, partial unfinished walk-out basement, workshop, four bedrooms, four full baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $602,070

TAX RATE: 25.82 mills

TAXES: $15,545

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Denise Walsh or Jessica Walsh of Denise Walsh and Partners/William Raveis Real Estate; Denise at 203-650-1583 or denise.walsh@raveis.com, and Jessica at 617-501-5320 or Jessica.walsh@raveis.com.