FAIRFIELD — Matt is a friendly sort. He trots up to greet visitors to his home at 107 Mill Hill Lane, checking them out and wriggling his nose at these potential new buddies.

Matt is a 300-pound pig, and is roughly 10 years old, said Joan McMahon, one of the owners of the Mill Hill Lane house.

“He was only supposed to be 75 pounds,” she said.

The porcine pet used to be allowed inside the house somewhat frequently but, since the house has been put up for sale, Matt mostly stays outside in his insulated pig pen. “He comes inside in extreme cold or heat,” McMahon said.

Matt doesn’t come with the purchase of the 5,021-square foot Colonial nestled in Fairfield’s Southport section, though McMahon said he is negotiable. However, there’s more to the home than its be-snouted welcoming committee.

Built in 1909, the house used to be called the “bell-ringer’s Cottage,” due partly to its role in the local onion trade.

According to the town of Fairfield’s web site, agriculture was the town’s main source of income for roughly 300 years, and onions became an increasingly popular crop in the mid-19th century. By 1890, roughly 100,000 barrels of globe onions were exported from Southport harbor annually.

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Farmers in Mill Hill and Greenfield Hill would watch the harbor for boats that could carry their products to New York City. That’s where the house at 107 Mill Hill Lane came into play, McMahon said.

“The lore is that, when the owners would see ships coming, they would ring a bell to let the onion farmers know,” she said.

The Mill Hill Lane house is itself a former onion farm, and the 3-acre property still has many of the features of a farm, including a barn, a paddock and a pasture.

Today, the growth of trees has made the harbor less visible, but, perched as it is atop Mill Hill Bluff, the home does have an unobstructed view of Long Island Sound.

The home, listed at $1,595,000, includes six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a pool. Its iconic red barn has room for four horses — with an attached shed for holding vehicles and equipment — but McMahon said it could be converted into a garage or party barn depending on the new owners’ tastes.

McMahon said her family has lived in the former Bell Ringer’s Cottage for 18 years and she’s watched her children grow up there. Despite its luxury, historical pedigree and, well, Matt, McMahon said she mostly just considers this an ideal family home.

“My daughters would parties here at night and they’d run through the property,” McMahon remembered fondly. “It’s a farm, but you can walk to the Post Road from here. The views are spectacular. It’s just a great family house.”

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