The 170-year-old linden tree that graces the front lawn at 536 Old Post Road is as statuesque and stately as the Antique Colonial Greek Revival house at that address -- and it's nearly as old.

Both have witnessed a lot of the town's history. The house sits on a 1.02-acre parcel where a previous structure once stood before it was burned to the ground during an attack by British troops in 1779. The existing house was built in 1825 and its 6,184 square feet of living space seamlessly straddles past and present. The restored historic house appears vintage on the outside, while inside its numerous amenities complement the lifestyle of the 21st-century residents.

A large, three-story addition was constructed in 2004 comprising the gourmet kitchen, master bedroom suite and media room with built-in projector and retractable screen/television. In the construction the current owners gave the addition elements that reflect the home's 19th-century roots and today's living -- random width reclaimed antique chestnut floors and a tin ceiling in the kitchen as well as high end appliances and heated marble tile floors in all the bathrooms.

The amenities are not limited to the house and property. The town's biggest beaches are within an easy walking distance, as is downtown, Town Hall, the central train station, restaurants and shops. Other benefits include a front-porch place from which to view the town's annual Memorial Day parade and the melodious chimes from the First Congregational Church bells.

The house sits on a gated property behind a tall stone wall, the stones of which are reportedly from a 17th-century blockhouse, used as protection against Indians, in what was once Wolf Swamp located where Roger Sherman Elementary School is now.

The house is a federally protected landmark in the original historic district of the town. According to the owners, it was described in 1971 by Lloyd Marsh of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities as "the finest example of Greek Revival architecture in Connecticut."

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Four two-story Doric fluted columns stand sentinel on the long, covered front porch with a sky blue ceiling. The front door is framed by decorative leaded arabesque glass panels and a carved lintel supporting a rare wrought-iron lantern. The first-floor windows stand about 10 feet tall and all the windows have black shutters.

Inside, the true center hall has marble flooring and it runs from front to back with French doors to the rear bluestone patio and yard. The formal living room has a fireplace with an ornate vintage mantel and beveled mirror. One of the unique elements of the architecture is found in the woodwork around the door from the living room to the foyer, which is decorated with hand-carved dogwood blossoms, Fairfield's official flower.

The formal dining room has Venetian sconces, a gas fireplace that came from a farmhouse in Newtown, chair railing and a decorative medallion on the ceiling. A cafe door separates the dining room from the eat-in section of the kitchen. Between the dining and living rooms is a service area with a wet bar, marble counters and backsplash and built-in bookshelves. There is also a door to a sizable, heated four-season porch, which has glass and screens.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial Greek Revival
ADDRESS: 536 Old Post Road
PRICE: $1,950,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13
FEATURES: Walking distance to local beaches and the downtown train station, walk to restaurants and shops, deck, new bluestone patio, four fireplaces, gated 1.02-acre level and sloping property, stone walls, substantial three-story addition constructed in 2004, 12-foot ceilings, four-season porch with screens and glass, new mechanicals including Hydro-Air heating/cooling system, all new lighting fixtures and rewired antique fixtures, wet bar, two laundry rooms, invisible pet fencing, professional landscaping, insulated windows, some window treatments, sound system, six bedrooms, all new baths -- five full and one half -- made to look vintage
SCHOOLS: Roger Sherman Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
ASSESSMENT: $1,315,510
TAXES: $32,098.44

In the family room, the fireplace was shipped from a manor house in England. The powder room between this room and the kitchen features an 11-foot ceiling -- the same as the rooms in this wing of the house -- and a Rococo-style console sink with an onyx counter.

The kitchen features include a long, two-tiered center island with a prep sink and Viking warming drawer, numerous cabinets -- some with glass fronts and interior lighting -- and counters with brushed and beveled granite, a farm sink and built-in desk area. A cleverly disguised corkboard is hidden behind shutters and allows for calendar items and other things that would otherwise clutter the refrigerator.

On the second floor there are two bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bath. Then step up to the private wing of the master suite, which has a gas fireplace, huge dressing room and walk-in closet with organizers. The bath has a heated marble basket-weave patterned tile floor and soaking tub.

The third floor has two more bedrooms, a full bath and a large built-in area with two desks; the perfect homework or computer station.

The basement contains the media room, 2,000-bottle wine cellar and a guest bedroom en suite with a claw tub and old-fashioned bush-button commode.

Above the new, detached two-car garage is a loft area of about 1,000 square feet, with roughed-in electrical and plumbing for transformation into an au pair suite, art studio or rec room.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Toni Habetz of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties at 203-763-9061 or email her at tonihabetz@bhhsne.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial Greek Revival

ADDRESS: 536 Old Post Road

PRICE: $1,950,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13

FEATURES: walking distance to local beaches and the downtown train station, walk to restaurants and shops, deck, new bluestone patio, four fireplaces, gated 1.02-acre level and sloping property, stone walls, substantial three-story addition constructed in 2004, 12-foot ceilings, four season porch with screens and glass, new mechanicals including Hydro-Air heating/cooling system, all new lighting fixtures and re-wired antique fixtures, wet bar, two laundry rooms, invisible pet fencing, professional landscaping, insulated windows, some window treatments, sound system, six bedrooms, all new baths -- five full and one half -- made to look vintage

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

ASSESSMENT: $1,315,510

TAXES: $32,098.44