On the Market / A charming Fairfield house built in 1925
Published 3:09 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Town property records list the house at 242 Cedar Road as one of “conventional” style, and real estate websites refer to it as a colonial. Actually, this house defies description. It is uniquely its own inside and out, and one worth seeing.
It does have some hints of the Victorian style including architectural scalloping near the roof line on the front façade, and the current owners painted the house in a way that resembles a Victorian painted lady. Most of the clapboard exterior is an ecru color with forest green and burgundy trim. But it is no more Victorian than it is conventional. Besides, true Victorian houses were built between 1837 and 1910.
This charming house was built in 1925 on a level property of more than three-quarters of an acre in the Southport section of town, north of the Post Road (Route 1). An addition was constructed years later as indicated by the differing materials of the foundation walls. One of the current owners, an architect, said its original building style was adapted to accommodate modern requirements for day-to-day living. The 2,076 square foot house was impeccably renovated. Despite its age, this house has high ceilings.
Although it is modern inside, the house has retained some vintage elements and its classic appearance on the outside including two covered, wrap-around porches. The new back porch was built in direct imitation of the older front porch.
There is a long gravel driveway that leads into the backyard where there is a detached one-car garage. A red brick path leads from the front part of the driveway to the front porch. The front door has an arched window pane and sidelights and opens into the entrance hall, providing access to the formal living and dining rooms, both of which have hardwood floors. The arch of the front door is repeated in the built-in, recessed bookshelves in the living room. Those arches are topped with keystones. There also is a cozy alcove. In the dining room there is china closet and a wide band of chair railing.
The kitchen contains two counter areas topped with an acrylic surface that resembles granite, custom cabinetry including floating cabinets with glass-front doors on both sides, a white ceramic tile backsplash, hardwood flooring, walk-in pantry, and broom closet. The kitchen has a pass-through to the family room, where there is a wood-burning fireplace flanked by cabinets. One door on the rear wall leads to the back porch, flagstone patio, and yard. French doors on the side wall lead to another part of the porch, which is wider creating a relaxing wood deck. There is also a full bath on the first floor.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 242 Cedar Road
FEATURES: 0.79-acre level property, two covered wrap-around porches, minutes away from the centers of Fairfield and Westport, balcony, flagstone patio, portable generator hook-up, hardwood floors, one fireplace, pre-wired for cable, central air conditioning (compressor concealed under porch), detached one-car garage, walk-up attic, ample storage, full unfinished basement, three bedrooms, three full baths
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High School
MILL RATE: 26.59 mills
On the second floor there are three good-size bedrooms. The master suite has a walk-in closet with organizers and a bath with a shower. The other two bedrooms share the hall bath, which has a combination tub/shower, a custom-built vanity, and a linen closet. There are three hall closets. The laundry has a Whirlpool washer and dryer.
To the current owners one of the prettiest rooms in the house is a former sleeping porch on the second floor. The once-open porch was enclosed to create an office. It has windows on three walls and a door to a balcony on the front facade.
The current owners said this house is flexible in that it is “big enough” to accommodate a family of four and “small enough” to be easily maintained by an empty nester couple.
The house is only about five minutes from downtown Fairfield and Southport Village, and the train stations in both of those areas of town, and it is also just down the street from the Greenfield Hill Market, Bonda restaurant, and Sweet and Simple Bakery. It is also equidistant to the Merritt Parkway and I-95.
There will be an Open House on Sunday (Nov. 12) from 2 to 4 pm.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Victoria Fingelly of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-610-0647 or email@example.com.