Halfway down a quiet cul-de-sac is a classic center hall Colonial house at 300 Half Mile Road in the Southport section of town.
It sits on a 1.2-acre level and sloped piece of property in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other. In fact, the current owners, who have lived in this house for 38 years, said a neighborhood cocktail party is held every winter, hosted by a different neighbor each year. The street is safe for child's play because there is little traffic.
The property abuts 35 acres of town-owned conservation land, providing a thick border of trees and a healthy dose of privacy. Although the neighborhood is bucolic, it is convenient to retail shopping, restaurants and transportation. The Merritt Parkway is just about five miles away. The downtown train station is only 3 miles away and the Southport train station is closer still at 2.3 miles from the house. Shops in next door Westport are only 2 miles away.
This house was built in 1973 and the structure originally had 2,500 square feet of living space. With the enclosure and heating of a screened porch and other renovations and an addition, the house now has 3,136 square feet in the main portion. The full, finished basement adds another 900 square feet.
The long, paved driveway wanders up a slight incline to the white cedar clapboard house with black shutters. A bluestone path leads to side and front entrances. The side entrance has French doors that access the family room. The covered front entrance features six tall, white columns and sidelights of beveled, leaded and frosted glass, which is mirrored in the semicircular window of the door. A transom in the entryway from the foyer into a center hallway has the same glass.
Inside, the foyer has marble flooring and two columns, which are painted to resemble marble at the wide entrance into the formal dining room. Another column in the gourmet kitchen is decorated in a faux painting technique, as are the kitchen walls. The foyer and dining room have deep crown molding. The dining room walls are papered. The room also has chair railing and a border of dark walnut wood on the floor.
The first of two fireplaces is found in the living room. The red brick fireplace has a white wood mantel with dentil molding. French doors open to the sunroom.
The gourmet kitchen has granite counters, a center island with a second sink and wine cooler, tumbled marble backsplash, custom glass-front cabinetry, built-in dish rack and counter seating. The eat-in section opens to the large family room, which goes from the front to the back of the house. It has a stone fireplace. Appliances include a Viking five-burner range top, GE Profile double ovens, and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
A tile inlay floor decorates the sunroom, which also has a wet bar and doors to the side yard and to the tiered bluestone patio in the rear yard.
The walls of many rooms have interesting painting treatments. Even the baths have decorative walls. The first-floor half bath has a hand-painted safari theme. One of the second floor baths has a raised floral design and white subway tiles.
The master bedroom suite has wall-to-wall carpeting, crown dentil molding, and his and hers walk-in closets. The master bath features a white ceramic tile floor, long double vanity with seashell-like porcelain sinks, jetted tub, and a separate water closet with a bidet. The walls are hand painted with butterflies, flowers and birds. A separate vanity table has a marble top.
There is a second family room in the basement, which has wall-to-wall carpeting, another wet bar and a billiard room. Another section of this lower level has a workshop and ample room for storage.
There will be an open house at the property on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 300 Half Mile Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: beach rights, located on a cul-de-sac, friendly neighborhood, private 1.2-acre level and sloping property, borders 35 acres of town-owned open space property, terraced bluestone patio, two wet bars, two fireplaces, stone wall, skylights, French doors, exterior lighting, pantry, central air conditioning, large four-season sunroom, workshop, landscaping, perennial flower gardens, rock gardens, gourmet kitchen
OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, two full and one half baths, attached three-car garage, full finished walk-out basement with storage, hot water oil heating system, laundry/utility room, hardwood floors throughout most of the house, walk-up attic, septic system, public water
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 23.93 mills