On the market: Living large on the waterfront in a well-appointed Contemporary
Updated 12:25 pm, Friday, February 19, 2016
FAIRFIELD — The most romantic settings in the world are usually located by a body of water that reflects a beautiful sunset, which can be enjoyed while cuddling with a loved one.
Invest in the Contemporary house at 195 Fairfield Beach Road now and by next Valentine’s Day share a romantic evening from any number of places on the property — from the balcony off the master bedroom suite, off one of four balconies on the finished third floor, from the patio, from the great room, or from the beach.
This house was built in 1983 on just over one-half acre of waterfront property, but major improvements were made in recent years. Parts were torn down, others were re-built. The footprint was expanded to 9,502 square feet of living space. And that doesn’t include the great outdoors. This is the kind of setting where it’s easy to spend lots of time outside on the beach or patio.
Where an in-ground swimming pool once stood there is now the cavernous great room, so called not just for its size but for its water view. Who needs a pool when Long Island Sound is your backyard?
This is not only a romantic setting, it is a “royal” one. The house is the centerpiece of three houses in a row that are known as the “Three Kings” be neighborhood residents because they are thought to be the largest houses and properties on Fairfield Beach.
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One person described this house as “grand without being grandiose.” It’s a house that, despite its size, is intimate where it should be, and spacious in common areas that allow for casual and upscale entertaining. Make the most of evenings by the shore, whether for quiet moments with a loved one or to share with a gathering of family and friends. For guests, there is off-street parking for about 10 vehicles, an unusual amount of space so close to the water.
There is also a two-car attached garage, currently used as a gym. It has a carpeted floor and mirrored wall, but could easily be converted back to its intended purpose.
Windows are designed to maximize views of Long Island Sound, and living spaces are designed to make the most of life, according to the listing agent. There are water views from the great room, formal living room, the master bedroom suite, three other bedrooms and the finished third floor. Its use is flexible and is large enough to create several separate spaces, including a play room, media room and game room. It has an 11-foot-plus ceiling and 2,500 square feet of open space.
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ADDRESS: 195 Fairfield Beach Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
FEATURES: 80 feet of direct waterfront, water views, steps from private beach, 0.53-acre property, multiple balconies, paving stone patio, professional landscaping and hardscaping, flower gardens, Thermopane-insulated windows, some window treatments, audio system, new furnace, new roof, upgraded electrical, three fireplaces, exterior lighting, walking distance to Roger Sherman Elementary School, easy walk to Fairfield Beach Club, proximity to Jennings and Penfield beaches, zoned gas heat, radiant heat floors, five bedrooms, five full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Roger Sherman Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills
TAXES: $57, 152
On the main living level, the front entrance opens to a small foyer, which has a full bath — ideal after spending time in the sun and on the shore so as not to track beach sand throughout the house. The first of three fireplaces is found in the formal living room. This one has a marble surround and decorative wood mantel. There are also French doors to the patio.
There is another marble fireplace in the formal dining room and the third is a kitchen hearth located in the breakfast room, which also has to built-in corner china cabinets. The dining room fireplace is flanked by built-in bookshelves. The great room has walls of windows with remote-controlled shades and French doors to the patio. Two walls have built-in cabinets and shelving.
In the kitchen, tile was recently removed from the floor and replaced with hardwood. The counters and center island are topped with a pale, seafoam blue-green material that mimics the water outside the door.
High-end appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele two-burner range top on the island and another four-burner cooktop on a different counter. In the large butler’s pantry there are Viking double, wall-mounted ovens. This room has a Dutch door to a side yard.
There is a first-floor guest, or au pair, suite with a full bath that has a double vanity, and four additional bedrooms on the second floor. The master suite is hidden behind French doors and has a sitting room, private balcony and generously sized marble bath. The bedroom that lacks the water view is compensated with its own sitting room, bath and window seat.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Gabrielle DiBianco of Higgins Group Real Estate at 203-895-6724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.