On the market: New home pays tribute to tradition
Published 7:40 am, Saturday, January 9, 2016
A six-room, ranch-style house at the intersection of Cross Highway and Merwins Lane in Fairfield was recently razed and replaced with a new Colonial with 13 rooms.
This 5,063-square-foot house sits on a two-acre parcel at 1461 Merwins Lane in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood, not far from Westport. The Patterson Club with its golf course, tennis courts and other amenities is within easy walking distance in one direction and the Hunt Club is an easy drive to the west.
According to the listing agent, the Nantucket-style house has shiplap siding. This is a house with traditional elements in keeping with the neighborhood. Although it is new, it feels cozy, comfortable and lived in. And although it is large it does not feel cavernous or unwelcoming or unmanageable.
The cedar shakes house was built with a high level of detail throughout even in a secondary space as simple as a mudroom, a casual area of a dwelling not often seen by visitors. The millwork, moldings, fixtures and other features incorporated into the construction are more often seen in a custom-built house rather than a spec house. Its design and layout were well thought out for flow from room to room and for storage.
The level of detail is evident from the initial approach to the property. The bluestone path that cuts across the front of the house from the long driveway leads to the covered front and side entrances and comprises steps of hand-cut bluestone. That thicker-than-usual stone is also found in the backyard patio. The interior doors are also thick.
Inside, the formal dining room has tall wainscoting on the lower walls and an attractive, coffered-like molding on the ceiling. Off the formal living room is a study or library with built-in shelves, wainscoting, an unusual ceiling design and a door to the patio, part of which is covered.
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The family room has French doors to the patio and a fireplace with a yellow brick firebox in a herringbone pattern, flanked by built-in shelving.
The kitchen contains chef-grade appliances, a beamed ceiling, Carrera marble counters and backsplash, hardwood floor, center island and a breakfast nook. There is a butler’s pantry between the kitchen and dining room with marble counters and backsplash, cabinetry, beverage refrigerator and a small circular sink.
On the second floor are five bedrooms, three of them en suite and two share a Jack-and-Jill-style bath. The marble bath in master suite has a radiant heated floor and a large soaking tub. The builder has given each of the baths a different tile flooring. Even the laundry room has a large tile floor in a herring bone pattern. It also has a counter, cabinets and a sink.
The Jack-and-Jill bath has a large shower stall with a backsplash of wide bands of white and gray. Look closely and notice those stripes are made up of small circular tiles.
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TYPE: Colonial, new construction
ADDRESS: 1461 Merwins Lane
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13
AMENITIES: Built in 2015, walking distance to the Patterson Club, convenient to Fairfield and Westport, two-acre level parcel, corner lot, pool site, bluestone terrace, Thermopane windows, three porches, two fireplaces, wood shingle roof, finished attic, custom built-ins and millwork, butler’s pantry, exterior lighting, two-car attached garage, gas heat, five bedrooms, four full and three half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
ASSESSMENT: not set
TAX RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: not set
The basement adds another 1,700 square feet, giving the house a lot of living space now and in the future, if necessary. There is a bathroom on this level and space enough for an au pair bedroom, exercise room and other flexible use.