The 1943 Christmas issue of Reader’s Digest magazine carried an image of a shepherd on the outer left edge of its front cover. The painting continued on the back cover and depicted a lone soldier on a battlefield, the Star of Bethlehem twinkling in the sky above him.

That was the first painting to adorn the cover of that publication and the illustrator who created that art moved to Fairfield about a decade later. His ranch-style house at 585 Hoydens Lane is currently on the market. Lyman Anderson (1907-93) was an artist noted for his illustrations in numerous corporate advertisements and in magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post. He also drew the Inspector Wade comic strip for King Features Syndicate, according to the Anderson catalog on the website.

Among the many brand-name companies for which Anderson created print ad illustrations are Goodyear, Pepsi, Proctor & Gamble and General Electric, the latter of which has its headquarters only three miles from his former home in the northernmost part of the Greenfield Hill neighborhood.

The red-brick house with white trim and green shutters sits well back from the road on a nearly six-acre level, cleared and wooded, and partially fenced property, which is surrounded by protected town-owned and private lands. The property is bordered by the H. Smith Richardson Golf Course and is close to Grace Richardson Conservation Area Open Space and Hemlock Reservoir, all of which combine to create a very private setting with virtually no danger of development, ensuring that privacy for decades to come.

According to the listing agents, the property may qualify for designation as farmland, forest land or open space land per Public Act 490, Connecticut’s Land Use Value Assessment Law, which would substantially reduce the property taxes.

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Anderson’s house was built in 1953. It was renovated to accommodate contemporary living and Anderson’s art studio was converted into the master bedroom, which has a tall vaulted ceiling, Palladium window and wall-to-wall carpeting.

The house comprises 2,200 square feet of living space but the size of the property and the way in which the house is sited on it would allow for expansion in any direction. Additionally, the cavernous unfinished basement could be finished to create space useful for more than just storage. The two-car attached garage adjoins the kitchen and the outdoor stone patio and could be converted into a large master bedroom suite.

The current owner has made additional updates. The formal living room has Brazilian cherry wood floors, a wall of built-in bookshelves and a fireplace with a beam mantel. There is a high-end wood stove installed in the fireplace and it is efficient enough to heat the whole house or at the very least augment the oil heating system. The red-brick wall that houses the fireplace has a storage area that can be accessed from the living room and kitchen.

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House of the Week

TYPE: Ranch

ADDRESS: 585 Hoydens Lane

PRICE: $949,000


FEATURES: easy access to the Merritt Parkway, 5.71-acre level and partially fenced property surrounded by protected lands of the Grace Richardson Conservation Area Open Space and Hemlock Reservoir, property borders the H. Smith Richardson Golf Course, private yet convenient setting not far from the Merritt Parkway, bluestone patio with sitting wall, gardens, porch, radiant heat, ridge vents, storm windows, tank-less hot water, Thermopane windows, one fireplace, stone wall, two-car attached garage, long driveway lined in Belgium block, three bedrooms, two full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $619,430

TAX RATE: 24.79 mills

TAXES: $15,356

The spacious kitchen is a mix of cottage and industrial styles. It has a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and African slate flooring. The foyer and dining room also have stone floors. The kitchen features older wooden cabinetry with latches and red-brick walls that fit into the cottage style while the red metal pendant lights that dangle above the center island represent the industrial style, as does the metal wire shelving.

Stainless appliances include a Thermador range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. A second center island area houses a built-in desk. French doors open to the patio and yard. There is a guest suite off the kitchen with an updated bath.

The master and a third bedroom share a hall bath, which has a rough-colored penny tile flooring, vintage pedestal sink, and a visually interesting configuration of blue and green ceramic tiles arranged on the wall in a diagonal pattern — an artistic flare that would likely get a stamp of approval from Anderson. All three bedrooms have wall-to-wall carpeting.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Denise Walsh and Kaitlyn Walsh of Denise Walsh & Partners, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate; Denise Walsh at 203-650-1583 or, or Kaitlyn Walsh at 203-231-1950 or