On the Market: A spot on the farm in Wilton
Published 4:20 pm, Saturday, July 15, 2017
WILTON — Like most early American towns in Fairfield County, Wilton has gone from agricultural countryside to sophisticated suburbia, although there are exceptions. In some sections of town, bucolic farmland still exists.
One such reminder of that earlier life is evident in the equestrian property at 175 Mountain Road, where the current family enjoys the best of both worlds. They have the past represented in their charming yellow antique colonial farmhouse with orange shutters that was built in 1800, a two-stall horse barn with a tack room, paddock, turn out field, riding ring, jumping course, and chicken coop, but only just a short distance away is Danbury Road (Route 7) with any number of retail shops and eateries.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Antique colonial farmhouse
ADDRESS: 175 Mountain Road
FEATURES: Equestrian property/farm, barn with stalls, paddock, turn out corral, riding ring, jumping course, chicken coop, professional landscaping, specimen gardens and trees, 2.47-acre level and sloping property, picket and split rail fences, two fireplaces, well water, porch, flagstone patio, ceiling fans, Thermopane windows, front and rear staircases, shed, close to Georgetown shopping district, proximity to Mather Street Open Space and Wilton Town Forest, attic, gas heat, well water, invisible pet fencing, paver walkways, finished walk-up attic, three bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Miller-Driscoll Elementary, Cider Mill Intermediate, Middlebrook Middle, Wilton High
MILL RATE: 27.768504 mills (*new mill rate for 2017-18)
TAXES: $11,561 (*may be different with new mill rate)
Although the house was built in 1800, the property itself dates to the late 17th century. The current owners have in their possession documents showing the early history of the property, with information about the buildings that stood there and the people who lived there including Thomas Fitch Jr., who was a grantee on Jan. 24, 1681. The grantor was “Plantation of Norwalk.” Fitch went on to become Connecticut governor from 1754 to 1766.
This property was once owned by members of the Keeler family, who figure prominently in local history. The farm was much larger many decades past. It currently comprises 2.47-acres of level and sloping property. The house has 1,918 square feet of living space, much of which contains remnants of the farmhouse as it was original built including hand-hewn exposed beams, wide-planked wood floors and a center chimney with a beehive oven in one of the fireplaces.
Over the years the house received some modern features that were blended into the treasured touches of the past. In 2000 and 2001, the house was extensively renovated and expanded. Those projects added a big family room and central air conditioning. The kitchen, master bedroom suite and the baths were updated. The property is also an attractive blend of rustic farmland juxtaposed with beautiful flower gardens including specimen plantings and many tall trees.
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Along the front of the property there is a fieldstone wall that is topped with a picket fence. Stone pillars with a gate mark the front entrance to the property from the street. The driveway opens to a large parking area with ample room for horse and other trailers.
The house has a long covered porch. Its door opens into the living room, which has a stone fireplace which is outfitted with a wood stove, and a parson’s cabinet.
This is the fireplace that has the beehive oven as well as a wood box. The dining room, which is open to the living room, also has a fireplace, although it is more for show than function. There is actually a third fireplace on that chimney but it is no longer used. It is hidden behind the six-burner Capital range in the kitchen, which also has ceramic tile counters and decorative tile backsplash. The family room that was added on 17 years ago has a half bath, a bay window, and French doors to a flagstone patio.
On the second floor, the master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, wall-to-wall carpeting, a Palladian-inspired window, and a ceiling fan. On the third floor there is an office or studio with a built-in window seat. Like the lower floors it also has a wide-planked wood floor and exposed beams on the vaulted ceiling.
According to the Realtor, if the buyers are not interested in having a paddock and turn out area, the homeowners will consider restoring the property’s lawn or green space.