On the Market: The house that set the bar in the Fairfield beach area
Published 5:30 pm, Sunday, December 18, 2016
FAIRFIELD — Two blocks from Long Island Sound in the Fairfield Beach area of town there is a transitional neighborhood that has a mix of modest summer cottages built in the mid-to-late 20th century and newly constructed houses designed to more adequately reflect year-round living.
One by one the smaller houses are being razed to make way for new, larger, more technologically advanced residences. The one house that has really set the bar quite high in this neighborhood is the gray cedar shingle colonial at 300 Quincy St., which was built in 2015 by Fairfield contractor Bella Homes. This is the builder’s own home and it is chock full of amenities, some of which are typical in new construction and some that go above and beyond.
This 5,020-square-foot house is on a quarter of an acre level and fully fenced property in the elbow of a curve in Quincy Street, which gives the residents greater privacy than other properties on the street. That privacy is augmented by the landscaping including two sides that have a row of arborvitaes and the fact that the property beyond this backyard will not likely ever be built upon. Despite its proximity to the water this street is not well traveled. It is not a cut-through street so traffic is limited to local residents.
The location of the house makes it desirable because it is within easy walking distance to local beaches and Roger Sherman School. A little farther away, but still walkable is downtown Fairfield, its shops, restaurants, the public library, and the train station.
There is a two-car attached under house garage plus several off-street parking spaces, a real advantage in the beach area where parking comes at a premium. From the driveway there is a honed granite path to the covered front entrance. The front door has beveled glass panes.
As is more typical of newly constructed houses in the 21st century, this house does not have a formal living room since most residents hang out in the family room. In its place is an office with wainscoting on the lower walls and a coffered ceiling. French doors separate it from the foyer. The formal dining room also has wainscoting and a coffered ceiling.
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The family room and gourmet kitchen are open, separated only by the eat-in section or breakfast nook, where there are French doors to the slate balcony and the backyard. In the family room there is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves. There are interior shutters on the windows of this room.
Kitchen features include a long center island topped in marble with a hammered nickel sink, custom cabinetry, and Thermador appliances including a six-burner range and two tall side-by-side wine refrigerators. The backsplash comprises a combination of glass and marble tiles in a modified oval shape. The mudroom has ship lap paneling. This area of the house also has a butler’s pantry with a marble counter, a half bath, and provides access to the garage, which has second floor storage.
On the second floor there are five bedrooms. The master bedroom has a deep tray ceiling and huge walk-in closet with a dressing room. The master bath has a special Kohler VEIL toilet that has a built-in bidet and a remote control to regulate the water temperature and the seat temperature as well. There is also a radiant heat floor.
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The finished third floor has a huge bonus room with a full bath, three ceiling fans, an alcove to accommodate a desk, a media area, storage, and other space.
For those days when family members would rather not swim in the ocean salt water there is a heated in-ground swimming pool in the backyard, where there is also a honed granite patio, gas-fueled fire pit and fire bowls set on poles that can be ignited with the turn of a switch inside the house for instant ambience.
The landscaping includes rose bushes, butterfly bushes and other perennials.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Sara Cammarota of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-209-6243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.