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On the market: Penn Warren found grounds for inspiration on this property

Published 12:25 pm, Friday, September 6, 2013

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  • The house at 800 Banks North Road is on the market for $1.295 million. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen contributed
    The house at 800 Banks North Road is on the market for $1.295 million. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Georgian Colonial
ADDRESS: 800 Banks North Road
PRICE: $1,295,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
AMENITIES: Beach rights, private setting, proximity to the Patterson Country Club, 2.01-acre level property, two fireplaces, staff quarters, all window treatments, insulated windows, mahogany deck, security system, zoned central air conditioning, new AC compressors, fresh interior paint, redone hardwood floors, front and rear staircases, circular driveway, French doors, sliders, exterior lighting, ceiling fans
OTHER INFORMATION: Five bedrooms, four full and one half baths, attached three-car garage, full partially finished basement, walk-up attic, laundry/utility room, zoned hot air oil heat, hardwood floors and wall-to-wall carpeting, septic system, well water
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Warde High
ASSESSMENT: $1,024,240
TAX RATE: 23.93 mills
TAXES: $24,510
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"You don't write poems sitting at a typewriter; you write them swimming or climbing a mountain or walking." The quote belongs to Robert Penn Warren, the nation's first poet laureate, who won the first of three Pulitzer Prizes in 1947 for his novel "All the King's Men."

They were not idle words. Warren did just that. The renowned poet, novelist and literary critic took inspiration for his writing during walks across his property on Banks North Road. His New York Times obituary in September 1989 said Warren "died of cancer yesterday at his summer home in Stratton, Vt. He was 84 years old and lived in Fairfield, Conn. ... Mr. Warren made his Connecticut home in a pair of converted barns surrounded by fields he loved to walk."

The house in which he lived no longer exists, but the inspiring grounds he walked are part of a property currently on the market at 800 Banks North Road in the Greenfield Hill section of town.

The Georgian Colonial now at this address was built in 1996 in what was once a strawberry patch and Warren's "thinking place," according to the current owner.

Although it seems worlds away from civilization, the house is really not in rural isolation. The current owners said a local, large grocery market is only six minutes away on the Post Road (Route 1). The Patterson Country Club is just down the street on nearby Cross Highway.

The 4,973-square-foot house is set well back from the road on a 2-acre, largely level parcel. Two tall columns mark the entrance and inside, visitors are met first by the two-story marble foyer. French doors topped by a transom separate the foyer from the formal living room, which has a marble fireplace with flat, fluted columns and dentil molding. Two more French doors lead to an office, which has a deep tray ceiling and one wall of built-in bookshelves.

Across the foyer on the opposite side of the house, the formal dining room does not have doors but there is a transom above the entrance. The family room and gourmet kitchen are open, one to the other. The family room features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and raised hearth. French doors with sidelights and a transom lead to a large mahogany deck and wisteria-covered trellis.

In the eat-in section of the kitchen, French doors lead to the same deck. Features include a center island with a Dacor range top. Off the kitchen is a mudroom with a full bath, access to the three-car garage, a door to the backyard, the rear set of stairs, and a room that is currently being used as a gym but could be a bedroom, if necessary.

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, two which share a full bath Jack and Jill-style. Another bedroom is en suite, as is the huge master bedroom. Its bath has marble flooring. The large, walk-in closet has a center island with built-in drawers and other organizers.

This second floor also has built-in drawers in the hallway and a laundry room with cabinets and utility sink.

The full, partially finished basement is so large that the long, unfinished portion of it could be converted into a bowling alley, were its next owners so inclined. The finished portion has wall-to-wall carpeting.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Terrence Keegan of Fairfield County Real Estate Company at 203-556-5327 or email him at terryct@aol.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Georgian Colonial

ADDRESS: 800 Banks North Road

PRICE: $1,295,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

AMENITIES: beach rights, private setting, proximity to the Patterson Country Club, 2.01-acre level property, two fireplaces, staff quarters, all window treatments, insulated windows, mahogany deck, security system, zoned central air conditioning, new AC compressors, fresh interior paint, redone hardwood floors, front and rear staircases, circular driveway, French doors, sliders, exterior lighting, ceiling fans

OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, four full and one half baths, attached three-car garage, full partially finished basement, walk-up attic, laundry/utility room, zoned hot air oil heat, hardwood floors and wall-to-wall carpeting, septic system, well water

SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $1,024,240

TAX RATE: 23.93 mills

TAXES: $24,510