On the market: Farmhouse has bounty of the old and new
Step into the past without ever leaving the comforts of the 21st century at the antique Colonial farmhouse at 1050 Stillson Road in the Fairfield University area of town.
It was built in 1840 and has retained much of its historic detailing and vintage charm even through the renovation that gave it updated amenities. It’s a perfect blend of old and new, of style and function. The house sits on a parcel of nearly one-half acre, and has a red barn that could serve as a garage accommodating a car or two. Currently, the barn serves as a large workshop with a loft and a pellet stove for year-round use. The insulated barn also has a storage room and a second room that is used as an office, which has a half bath.
The pale yellow clapboard house has pale sage green shutters and white trim. Its covered front porch invites visitors inside, entering through the front door that features a decorative pane of beveled and leaded glass, which is repeated in the one sidelight. Both have a four-petaled flower at the center that resembles a dogwood blossom, the town’s official flower.
Inside, there is 2,329 square feet of living space. Most of the rooms have exposed beams original to the house and hardwood floors, some of them wide-planked. Despite its age this, house has tall ceilings and two of its three full baths are quite large.
The first floor has a circular flow. The living room opens onto the dining room, which leads to the kitchen, which flows into the family room, which accesses the sun room, which leads back to the living room. In the living room there is a red-brick fireplace that sits on an angle. It has a raised hearth topped with slate and a wood mantel.
The dining room has chair railing and wood paneling on the lower walls. The paneled walls of the family room are painted in a warm green. The room features an interesting wet bar, which has a frosted glass pane identifying the space. It is recessed and has a small stainless sink, shelving and a built-in wine rack.
The sun room has two walls of windows and some of the panes have wavy glass, a testament to the age of the house and how well it has been maintained. The kitchen suits the character of the house. It has butcher block counters and a large red-brick arch along one wall that houses the Frigidaire gallery range. The Pergo flooring resembles wide-planked wood floors. There is a double farm sink and an eat-in area with a built-in window seat.
There is a Dutch door that leads from the kitchen into the diminutive mud room where there is a built-in seat, shelf and coat hooks.
On the second floor are three bedrooms, all with wall-to-wall carpeting. Two of them share a Jack-and-Jill bath, which is just as large as the master bath. Like the master bath it has a vaulted ceiling. It also has a marble counter on the vanity and black honeycomb-patterned tile flooring. Bead board covers two-thirds of the walls. The second bedroom has a wall of built-ins.
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In the master bedroom there is a gas log fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and a cathedral ceiling with two exposed beams.
Outside, the attractive grounds feature gardens, a shed and a red-brick patio beneath a vine-covered pergola.
House of the Week
TYPE: Antique farmhouse
ADDRESS: 1050 Stillson Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: large barn with loft and pellet stove; home office; lovely gardens; pergola; wet bar; 0.47-acre level and partially fenced property; two fireplaces (one gas log); convenient location with proximity to shops, train, restaurants; equidistant to the Merritt Parkway and I-95; shed; exterior lighting; 9-foot-plus ceilings; ceiling fans; skylight; stone foundation; attic with pull-down stairs; three bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Osborn Hill Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills