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Saturday, March 17 Real Estate

On the Market / Custom-built stone and cedar colonial house is surrounded by mother nature

FAIRFIELD — The property at 2140 Burr St. in northern Fairfield is ideal for nature lovers, not only for its proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society and the Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary but for its own wealth of wildlife.

“We enjoy the abundance of wildlife at our home. The Eastern bluebirds and goldfinches are a special pleasure during the summer. The red-tail hawks call and soar above the property on a daily basis,” the current owners said. They have also seen a red fox hop across their stone wall, migrating snapping turtles laying eggs, wild turkeys parading their hatchlings across the lawn, and does with their fawns in the flower garden.

“We love watching the hummingbirds and butterflies dance from flower to flower while we float in the pool,” they said in written remarks about the top ten things they will miss about life on this two-acre level property in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood. The property is walking distance to the Audubon Center on Burr Street, and the Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary boasts seven miles of trails - including the Chiboucas wheelchair-accessible trail for the disabled, observation platforms, a boardwalk, bridges, ponds, streams, signage about the history of the area and its flora and fauna, and an Algonquin wigwam replica, all within its 155 acres.

Continuing with the nature theme, the custom-built stone and cedar colonial house features a subtle acorn motif in various rooms throughout the house and even at the front door. The cover over the doorbell depicts an acorn. In fact, the family has named their property Acorn Meadow.

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The house contains 10 rooms, a unique layout, and 7,231 square feet of living space on three finished floors. It sits on a corner lot, which has a Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool. Rather than facing the main road the covered front entrance sits on a diagonal. Its mahogany front door, which is topped by a transom, opens into the two-story turret foyer. This rounded entrance hall features a gracefully curved staircase.

Although this house was built in 2004 it was way ahead of the trend. The current owners must have anticipated the evolution of homes, many of which are going without formal living rooms, or their owners are transforming them into more useful spaces. Off the foyer, instead of a living room, this house has a music room featuring a gas fireplace with a marble surround and decorative marble mantel, built-ins, and French doors into the cherry wood paneled library. The library has its own marble fireplace as well as a coffered ceiling and built-in bookshelves.

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TYPE: Custom-built Colonial

ADDRESS: 2140 Burr Street

PRICE: $2,500,000


FEATURES: two-acre level parcel, corner lot, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, first time on the market, patio, Crestron sound system, full-house generator, five fireplaces, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society and the Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary, custom wet bar, large screen theater, gym, audio system, exterior lighting, underground sprinkler, invisible pet fencing, rear staircase, walk-up attic, five-zoned air conditioning and natural gas heat, Thermopane windows, attached three-car garage, full finished walk-out basement, ample storage, wood shingle roof, room for tennis court and pool house, five bedrooms, six full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $1,531,950

TAX RATE: 25.82 mills

TAXES: $39,555

There is a coffered ceiling in the formal dining room, which can easily seat 12. It also has unique paneling on the lower walls, instead of the typical wainscoting found in such rooms. The hub of the house is its custom chef’s kitchen, which has many features including two center islands, custom knotty pine cabinetry, a large hammered copper farm sink, a hand-painted ceramic tile backsplash, granite counters, and high-end appliances including a Viking six-burner range with double ovens and warming drawers.

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One of the most unusual and functional features of this eat-in kitchen is an ergonomic pastry counter for baking. Floating glass-front cabinets and one of the island - this one two-tiered separates the kitchen from the family room, where there is a wood-burning stone fireplace. Between the two there are French doors to the patio, pool and yard. There is a mudroom and two half baths on the first level.

On the second floor there are five bedrooms, all en suite and with walk-in closets. The master suite has a gas fireplace, custom designed wrought iron Juliet balcony, sitting room, office, deep tray ceiling, and marble bath with an over-sized steam shower, jetted tub and water closet.

The finished walk-out lower level has a game room with a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, big screen theater area, gym, and a full bath. Outside, the grounds are beautifully landscaped with many flowering perennials, specimen trees and a secret garden.

Despite its location in the northern part of Fairfield this property is actually not far from downtown and the train station.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Julie Vanderblue or Floria Polverari of The Vanderblue Team/Higgins Group Real Estate; Vanderblue at 203-257-6997 or julie@vanderblue.com and Polverari at 203-615-3170 or floria@vanderblue.com.