The French countryside feels as close as Greenfield Hill, where a French-style Colonial house sits on a nearly 5-acre level and sloping property at 4360 Congress St.

By its appearance, with its multi-peaked roofline, wood roof, arched windows and stucco on wood and fieldstone exterior, this residence could be called a regal "cottage" were it not for its size. It has 3,808 square feet of living space and plans for expansion.

Complete architectural and site plans are available if expansion is desired by the next owners. The plans include converting the current attached garage into a large great room with fireplace, a porte cochere, and a three-car detached garage with potential for a two-bedroom suite or large bonus room above it.

The house was built in 1999 by the current homeowner. It has 9-foot ceilings in most rooms, a tall cathedral ceiling in the formal living room, and an unusual combination cathedral-coffered ceiling in the den.

It also features extensive paneling and decorative molding. A unifying component throughout the house is the arched entranceways topped with keystones and Palladian windows in the den, living room, formal dining room and a second-floor bedroom.

The Palladium effect on that second floor is created by French doors topped with an eyebrow window. The doors lead to a small, narrow Juliet balcony with decorative wrought-iron railing. The continuity is evident even in the paneling on the solid wood doors, which has arched millwork.

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Stone walls line the front of the property along the street and the entrance to this 4.81-acre open lawn and wooded parcel is marked by two stone pillars that lead up the long circular driveway.

Inside, the ceiling in each room, and some transitional spaces like the two-story foyer, seems to have some special decorative millwork, detailing, or other architectural feature. In the formal dining room, which has wainscoting on the lower portion of the walls, there is deep crown molding and a finishing detail on the ceiling.

The den, which could also serve as a formal living room, has a marble fireplace and built-in bookshelves. The living room, which could also be used as a family room, has a limestone fireplace with decorative white wood mantel. Both fireplaces are wood-burning and gas-fueled.

In the living room, French doors open to the stone patio, waterfall, rock gardens and the spacious backyard. The first-floor master bedroom suite also has a door to the same patio and a sitting area. The master bath features limestone flooring and counters, jetted tub, walk-in shower, his-and-hers walk-in closets and separate vanities.

The gourmet kitchen has a French country feel. Its many features include granite counters, tumbled marble backsplash, center island and a serving area with a beverage refrigerator and arched, glass-front cabinet flanked by circular recessed areas to accommodate 14 bottles of wine.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: French-style Colonial
ADDRESS: 4360 Congress St.
PRICE: $1,395,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: generator, 4.81-acre level and sloping property, partially fenced, waterfall, rock gardens, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society at Larsen Sanctuary, two electronic air cleaners to keep the house dust free, first-floor master suite, audio system, flagstone patio, two dual fuel fireplaces -- wood or gas, stone walls, new split wood cedar roof installed in July 2014, insulated Thermopane windows, walk-in pantry, gas heat, 400-amp electrical service, 30-zone irrigation system, landscape lighting, first-floor laundry room, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
ASSESSMENT: $707,490
TAX RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $17,263

There is a decorative hood over the Thermador range top and double ovens, and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The eat-in area, like the living room, has walls of glass that provide views of the beautifully landscaped surroundings and a door to access the patio and yard.

On the second floor there are three bedrooms, all with wall-to-wall carpeting. Each bedroom has unusually large closets for secondary bedrooms.

The full, finished basement also has wall-to-wall carpeting, a tall ceiling and plenty of storage. The space has flexible use as a media, play or recreation room. There is an alcove that could also be used as an office.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Nancy Dolan of Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate at 203-258-2303 or email her at nancydolan101@yahoo.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: French-style Colonial

ADDRESS: 4360 Congress St.

PRICE: $1,395,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8

FEATURES: generator, 4.81-acre level and sloping property, partially fenced, waterfall, rock gardens, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society at Larsen Sanctuary, two electronic air cleaners to keep the house dust free, first-floor master suite, audio system, flagstone patio, two dual fuel fireplaces -- wood or gas, stone walls, new split wood cedar roof installed in July 2014, insulated Thermopane windows, walk-in pantry, gas heat, 400-amp electrical service, 30-zone irrigation system, landscape lighting, first-floor laundry room, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $707,490

TAX RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $17,263