Enjoy natural and architectural beauty in a historic Federal-style Colonial house that sits near a maritime setting at 209 Sasco Hill Road.
The Maurice Wakeman House is on a parcel of land that may have been built on in 1809 by his father, Jesup B. Wakeman, who lived on Harbor Road, as part of his Sasco Hill Farm. According to information found on the town of Fairfield website, "Although this Colonial house is listed in the ownership of Maurice Wakeman on both the 1858 and 1867 maps, his acquisition of the property could not be documented in Fairfield land records."
The same town document also says the house, "with its late-Georgian entry, is architecturally significant as a well-preserved example of Colonial architecture in Fairfield."
It also credits the house with having a contributing element to the Sasco Hill Road streetscape "which possesses an unusually good collection of houses of styles dating from the 19th through the early 20th century."
Despite having a foot firmly planted in local history, this house also has an eye to the future. It was updated to accommodate modern families, and its proximity to the Southport train station and Post Road, or Route 1, makes it convenient for commuters.
Stone pillars mark the long path to the front entrance. Each spring, the entire front lawn, which is divided by that path, is blanketed with blue scilla, a perennial lily-like flower. A long driveway leads to the barn, which doubles as a two-car detached garage.
The Georgian front entrance of the gray clapboard house features fan lights, a recessed paneled green door framed by sidelights, and an arched transom with a decorative divided light wood design. Inside, this 3,300-square-foot house has a traditional center hall.
This house has twin front parlors, one serving as the formal living room and the other as a library or den. The living room has the first of the house's five fireplaces, four of which are working and all of which have a marble surround. The library has another fireplace as well as built-in bookshelves and French doors to a patio in the backyard.
The living and dining rooms and the library all share an unusual interior design feature. Each room has a frieze in which the walls are painted in a particular color -- yellow in the living room and library, a pale slate blue-gray in the dining room -- up until the last foot or so. The frieze, or horizontal band, continues to the crown molding. These rooms also have crown molding and recessed paneling under each of the double-hung windows.
There is hardwood flooring throughout the house, including in the updated kitchen, which features a pantry and large center island with a butcher's block counter and storage cabinets. The breakfast room has French doors topped with a transom to the good-sized, old-fashioned screened porch. This porch can also be accessed from the entrance foyer and from the French doors in the library.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms. The master bedroom has a marble fireplace with a decorative white wood mantle and a full bath. Two of the remaining bedrooms have the last of the marble fireplaces.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Virginia Fingelly or Paul Triantafel of Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate at 203-255-9900 or email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. More details about the house and a virtual tour are available at www.209sascohillrd.com.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique Federal-style Colonial
ADDRESS: 209 Sasco Hill Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: beach rights, proximity to Southport Harbor, walk to water, walking distance to Southport Village and train station, 1.06-acre level property, private backyard, barn, storm windows, four working fireplaces, French doors, screened porch, partially fenced, updated kitchen and baths, built-in bookcases, 9-foot-tall ceilings, all window treatments, security system
OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, two car-detached garage, full unfinished basement crawl space, attic, stone foundation, laundry room, shed, gas hot water radiator heating, hardwood floors throughout most of house, sewer system, city water
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 23.93 mills