On the market: Core comforts at the center of everything
The natural clay-colored, custom-built Colonial at 779 High St. in the university section of town offers the best of two worlds in Fairfield — the convenience of proximity to downtown shops and restaurants, the Metro-North train station downtown, beaches, schools and a quiet suburban lifestyle.
Holland Hill Elementary School is within easy walking distance, and other town amenities are a short car ride away. In this part of town houses are closer together than in Greenfield Hill, but the back of the 0.18-acre level property is fully fenced to provide privacy.
The 3,307-square-foot house was constructed in 2014 by HOBI award-winning builder, Michaud Group LLC of Shelton. The builder used quality materials to give the house intricate details, designer touches, an open floor plan and oversized windows. There are hardwood floors throughout. The house also has elegant spaces as well as casual sophistication in other rooms.
Those casual areas begin with the covered front porch, which has two white columns to match the exterior trim, and end with the stone patio in the backyard.
Inside, there is an attractive monochromatic color scheme in soothing shades of gray ranging from pale to charcoal. The living room has the home’s only fireplace, which is gas-fueled, and the room is open to the gourmet kitchen. It functions more as a family room than a living room. The kitchen has a long, wide center island topped with marble and has a spacious breakfast bar. Hanging above it are artfully crafted pendant lights.
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The high-end stainless steel appliances include a professional six-burner range, Viking French door refrigerator and a wine refrigerator on the center island. There is also a white subway tile backsplash.
Just as the kitchen could easily earn showcase status so too can the formal, walk-out dining room, which has a coffered ceiling and windows on three of its four walls, flooding the room with natural light. Dine al fresco on the patio, which can be accessed from a multi-paned door in the dining room.
There is a mudroom off the kitchen with a wall of built-ins including a bench, coat hooks and upper and lower cubbies, the lower ones with slide-out baskets for storage.
On the second floor are four bedrooms. The master suite has a dramatic 11-foot tray ceiling and spa-like bath which also sits beneath a tray ceiling and features a marble double vanity, large glass shower and a deep, free-standing soaking tub. Two of the remaining bedrooms share a hall bath that features a white quartz double vanity. The fourth bedroom is en suite.
A third-floor bonus room is finished and provides flexible living space. It would work perfectly as a game or play room, media room, family room, home office or gym. It has an usual vaulted ceiling that looks artistic or sculptural. The color of this room deviates from the gray scheme in the rest of the house, with walls painted a golden beige.
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ADDRESS: 779 High St.
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: minutes to shopping and restaurants on Jennings Road and Black Rock Turnpike, walking distance to Holland Hill Elementary School, Energy Star rated, tank-less hot water, insulated windows, zoned central air conditioning and gas heating, audio system, 0.18 of an acre level and fully fenced property, third floor bonus room, one fireplace, professionally landscaped backyard, exterior lighting, full unfinished basement, vinyl siding, two-car attached garage and of-street parking, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Holland Hill Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
MILL RATE: 24.79 mills
The full-height basement could also be finished to create additional living space if desired.