So many of today's Fairfield County homes are built on a grand scale, some topping 8,000 and even 10,000 square feet of living space.
The center hall Colonial house at 4 Fresenius Road, a cul-de-sac off Long Lots Road, is more modest in size, but no less functional or comfortable. "It's not a mega-mansion, but it's not small. It's a lot of house for the money," is the way one person put it.
The structure has been described as a practical house for a family, with a family room that opens to the kitchen, allowing for supervision of children while preparing meals. Its location also makes it practical. Fresenius Road is not far from the Post Road and all its retail shops. Interstate 95 is also nearby, as are several public schools.
Built in 2007, this house has nine rooms totaling 5,590 square feet of living space. It is situated on a 0.85-acre parcel that comprises level and sloped areas. The house sits on a gentle slope set back from the street, accessed by the Belgian block-lined pebble driveway.
Beige vinyl siding protects the house and serves as the backdrop for the forest green shutters, off white trim and the dentil molding that decorates the front of the house and garage and the tops of each window on the front facade.
Inside, there is a butler's pantry with cabinets, some glass front and a granite counter that separates the formal dining room from the gourmet kitchen.
Behind the living room there is an area that has an office, half bath, laundry room and walk-in pantry that combined could be converted into a guest suite.
The mudroom has a closet, coat hooks and a storage area. It provides access to the two-car attached garage.
The kitchen has a large center island with a breakfast bar. The island and L-shaped counters are topped in granite. The floor is ceramic tile. The backsplash is limestone. Other features include decorative molding, an LG stainless refrigerator, Electrolux double ovens on the island, double stainless sinks and a door to the two-tiered bluestone patio and outdoor fireplace.
Between the family room and kitchen there is a bump-out bay area with a window seat that serves as the eat-in portion of the kitchen. There is a cathedral ceiling in the family room and a river rock fireplace with a raised hearth. Two sets of French doors flank the fireplace and provide access to the patio and yard from this room.
Above the garage is a large play room, accessed by stairs in the family room.
Upstairs, in the main part of the house, there are five bedrooms. Two of them share a Jack-and-Jill bath with a double vanity. The master bedroom suite has two doors to a private balcony and a sizable walk-in closet.
In the master bath there is a jetted tub with a marble surround and backsplash. The floor is also marble. There is a cavernous walk-in shower, a water closet and a bidet.
The full, finished basement has two sets of French doors that lead to the side yard. There is a full bath in this basement.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Judy Michaelis of Coldwell Banker at 203-247-5000 or email her at email@example.com.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 4 Fresenius Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: beach rights, walking distance to Starbucks and Sherwood Diner and other retail shops, near Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway, two fireplaces -- one exterior and one interior, central air conditioning, balcony, stone patio, porch, 0.85-acre parcel, butler's pantry, walk-in pantry
OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, five full and one-half baths, two-car attached under house garage, full finished walk-out basement, forced air gas heat, finished attic, vinyl siding, walk-up attic, sewer system, city water
SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills