European craftsmanship combines with 21st century amenities to create a timelessly elegant classic at 260 Homestead Lane in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood.

The custom-built red brick Colonial house was constructed in 1987 on a 9.48-acre level property by the owner, and it was updated in a major renovation in 2004 and 2005. The house sits at the end of a long cul-de-sac that, in concert with the acreage, creates a private refuge. The gated property includes the 6,305-square-foot house, a grand veranda that can accommodate numerous people for entertaining and al fresco dining, an in-ground Gunite swimming pool, gazebo, vine-covered pergola and perennial gardens.

There are no utility poles and wires to obstruct the attractive views. The utilities in this part of town are underground.

Although there are almost 10 acres of land the taxes for this property are relatively low because a portion of the property is designated for conservation and taxed at a lower rate, although it is not open to the public.

A hint about the uniqueness of the interior features is offered outside with the path that leads from the ample parking area to the covered and columned formal front entrance. Rather than the expected Belgian block, this bluestone path is lined in red brick.

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Inside, the two-and-a- half-story foyer features a custom mahogany front door with sidelights, marble floor, wainscoting, arched entrances topped in keystones leading to formal living spaces, curved walls and staircase and hand-painted scenic murals that are beautiful and yet one needs only to look out any window of this house for a natural scenic view.

The arches of the foyer are repeated in various ways in the house providing continuity, which is augmented by the custom crown molding throughout. There is a tall Palladian window on the front façade. In the formal living room there are two built-in cabinets with rounded glass-front doors. The formal dining room has three tall, Palladian windows looking out on the front lawn and two doors to access that portion of the property.

In the spacious family room there are three side-by-side-by-side arches with keystones leading to a sitting room that has a wide Palladian window with French doors to the grand veranda. The sitting room has a vaulted barrel ceiling.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 260 Homestead Lane
PRICE: $2,595,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: 9.48-acre level estate, gated property, located on a cul-de-sac, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society at Larsen Sanctuary, underground utilities, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, gazebo, fire pit, patio, veranda, balcony, European craftsmanship, hand-carved features in gourmet kitchen, hand crafted custom built-ins, wet bar, maintenance-free brick façade, central vacuum system, skylights, some window treatments, 40-year architectural asphalt roof installed in 2004, four fireplaces, stone walls, possible equestrian property, walk-up attic, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
ASSESSMENT: $1,260,070
TAX RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $30,746

There is extensive molding and millwork in every room including decorative molding on the ceilings of the living and dining rooms. Both rooms also have cherry flooring, while the floor of the enormous gourmet kitchen is quarter-sawn oak. The living room has a marble fireplace. All the ceilings on the first floor are 10 feet tall except in the family room, which has a taller cathedral ceiling and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The mahogany library has a coffered ceiling, marble fireplace and custom built-ins.

Kitchen features include a coffered ceiling, custom cabinetry and walnut built-ins, and a huge walnut center island topped in mahogany with a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator. The wood island and the hood above the 48-inch Viking gas range have exquisite hand-carved detailing done by a European master carver. Other features include a decorative tile backsplash of grape vines and three-dimensional bunches of the fruit. Appliances include two Viking warming drawers, two Bosch dishwashers and two Sub-Zero refrigerators.

French doors in the eat-in section of the kitchen lead to the veranda, pool, yard and fire pit. The colonnaded veranda has a bluestone floor and a long mahogany built-in hutch with a granite counter.

On the second floor, the master bedroom suite has its own private wing, which includes a grand vestibule with a custom granite wet bar. Pass through an arched entry into the bedroom, where there is a tray ceiling, stone fireplace and sitting room. The dressing room has custom cherry cabinets, make-up vanity and access to a private balcony.

The master bath is unlike anything generally seen in Fairfield. It has more of a European feel with a barrel ceiling, marble floor, steam shower and an extraordinary porcelain soaking tub that resembles draped fabric.

There are another four bedrooms on this floor.

The three-car attached garage has half round barn-style doors, which are appropriate for the setting, especially since the potential exists to use this acreage as a horse property. There is plenty of room on the property for a barn and guest house.

There will be an open house at the property Sunday, Nov. 9, from 1-4 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Annette Palmieri of Katie O'Grady & Co., an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-258-2643 or annette.palmieri@raveis.com or follow her on Instagram at annettepalmieri_raveis.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 260 Homestead Lane

PRICE: $2,595,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

FEATURES: 9.48-acre level estate, gated property, located on a cul-de-sac, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society at Larsen Sanctuary, underground utilities, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, gazebo, fire pit, patio, veranda, balcony, European craftsmanship, hand-carved features in gourmet kitchen, hand crafted custom built-ins, wet bar, maintenance-free brick façade, central vacuum system, skylights, some window treatments, 40-year architectural asphalt roof installed in 2004, four fireplaces, stone walls, possible equestrian property, walk-up attic, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $1,260,070

TAX RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $30,746