On the Market / Weston property a hobby farmer’s paradise
WESTON — Academy, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy-Award-winning actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn was not just known for her starring roles in films like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Roman Holiday.” She often spouted words of wisdom that have continued to echo in the ears of the world’s denizens since her passing in 1993.
Hepburn is credited with the quotes, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” and “Paris is always a good idea,” and “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
It is certainly fitting that the listing agent for a property at 75 Steep Hill Road in lower Weston chose a particular Hepburn quote to represent that property.
She opens the 24-page marketing brochure with this: “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” And there is a lot of room to plant on this 7.5-acre property suitable for a “gentleman farmer,” which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a man who farms mainly for pleasure rather than for profit.” Or, just as easily these days, a gentlewoman farmer.
This is an active hobby farm, and everything is already in place to sow the seeds and reap the rewards of nature’s bounty, especially for the family that enjoys working the soil and growing their own produce. This large corner lot property contains a sizable greenhouse and a large fenced organic vegetable garden. There’s nothing like picking your own vegetables and herbs fresh from the garden, preparing them in your own kitchen, and serving up a meal with components that sprouted from your own land. The owners may also choose to can or freeze their produce so they can continue to enjoy it year-round.
The property also comprises flower gardens, wild raspberries bushes, mature trees, a heated in-ground swimming pool, and three patios — one of bluestone and two of crushed stone. Enhancing the elevated country living in this very private, bucolic setting is the cream-colored farmhouse with white trim, built in 1929 and renovated and expanded in recent years to its current size of 12 rooms and 3,969 square feet of living space.
A long fieldstone wall borders the Steep Hill Road side of the property with pillars, marking the entrance to the very long gravel driveway. The large, circular driveway provides ample parking for visitors. Underneath a towering evergreen tree there is a fairy garden, and to the tree is tied a tire swing evoking memories of a bygone era, the agent says.
Inside, the house enjoys a rather contemporary layout, and several rooms have doors to the front, side, and back yards inviting indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. The living room features a fieldstone fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and a door topped with a fanlight transom to the side of the property that faces Good Hill Road. The living, dining room, and kitchen flow one into the other yet all are defined spaces.
The cavernous gourmet eat-in kitchen features a tall vaulted ceiling with trestle beams, granite counters, natural slate backsplash, skylights, a long breakfast bar, and in the open breakfast room area there are French doors to one of the property’s patios. High-end appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator.
A long hallway leads to three of the home’s five bedrooms, with the spacious master suite at the end of the hall. Entry into this private space is through a thick door that looks like it belongs on a fairytale castle. This suite features a tall vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan, an arched multi-pane window and other upper level windows, a sitting area, and a luxurious spa-like bath with side-by-side trough-like sinks, shower with a stone flooring, and large soaking tub.
On the second floor there are two more bedrooms, full bath, and a large playroom that could also be a family room.
There is a finished lower level with a full bath that serves as a family room, but this flexible space could also serve as a media room, office, or game room. The configuration of this level also opens it to the possibility of being a guest, in-law, or au pair suite. This level also has French doors to the courtyard-like patio of crushed stone on the Good Hill Road side of the house. This patio has tall walls of fieldstone on two sides and a fieldstone sitting wall topped with slabs of slate. Another room on this level also has French doors to the grounds.
Despite the rather secluded location, this house has easy access to town.
Auburn has also said, “If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” Living on this property can be the ‘happily ever after’ for its next owners.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Michelle Genovesi of Michelle&Company/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-454-HOME (4663) or michelleandcompany.com.
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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 75 Steep Hill Road, Weston
FEATURES: 7.5-acre level and gently sloping property, hobby farm, corner lot, greenhouse, large organic vegetable garden, wild raspberries, flower gardens, heated in-ground swimming pool, Generac generator, skylights, one fireplace, Thermopane windows, detached two-car garage, partially finished walk-out lower level, private well, potential for two additional lots, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High
MILL RATE: 28.91 mills