FAIRFIELD — The rich history of Southport Village is precious to many including the owners of the antique colonial house at 69 Rose Hill Road. This house was built in 1804.
Although they gutted the house and completely renovated it to bring it up to contemporary living standards they first did their homework. They researched residential details from the early 19th century, the period in which this house was built, and they replicated those architectural details even while installing modern features like air conditioning and a modern kitchen into the house.
No expense was spared. The wood paneling in the formal living room was milled in Virginia. The formal dining room received a hand-painted mural on all four of its walls, created by artist Michele Barbieri, who depicted a scene from Southport Village and Harbor. The murals include sailing ships, horse-drawn carriages, and recognizable houses that are still a part of the Southport landscape.
It’s not only a reminder of the local history but also that this house sits in the heart of Southport Village, only steps from Southport Harbor and Long Island Sound. This house is within very easy walking distance of the Village shops and restaurants and the Southport train station. The Village is only a block away in one direction and the Harbor is also just a block away in the opposite direction.
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The house has a mix of vintage and new architectural and other features including antique wide board chestnut floors, five fireplaces, deep custom crown moldings, and nine-foot ceilings. The tall nine-over-nine double-hung windows go almost from the floor to the ceiling in some rooms. The living space can be characterized as having “casual sophistication.”
This 2,892-square-foot house sits handsomely on a level and gently sloping property of just about a quarter of an acre. The formal front entrance is on Rose Hill Road but the more commonly used entrance is from the rear of the property, which can be accessed from Prospect Lane, which affords residents off street parking. There was a detached garage at one time but the owners converted it into a two-story, one-bedroom guest house, which has flexible use as a place of private seclusion for guests, an au-pair suite, or a great in-home office.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique Colonial
ADDRESS: 69 Rose Hill Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: water community, guest house, easy walk to Southport Harbor and Southport Village, easy walk to Metro North Southport train station, convenient to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1), 0.24-acre level and gently sloping property, heated flagstone patio, Thermopane windows, five fireplaces, central vacuum system, exterior lighting, underground sprinkler, natural gas heat, new wood shingle roof, stacked stone wall, attic, full basement, off street parking, four bedrooms (all en suite), four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 26.59 mills
The backyard is beautifully landscaped with perennial flower gardens and a terraced flagstone patio that has a worthwhile modern feature. It is heated so when it snows there is no need to shovel. That snow will conveniently melt away. There are also stacked stone sitting walls.
The back door opens into a back hall with a marble floor that leads into the spacious keeping room, which has a fireplace with a surround of hand-painted Delft tiles and a built-in china cabinet. Some of the millwork around entryways to other rooms have arches capped with keystones.
Entering the home from the covered front entrance there is a hallway that accesses the living room, which has paneled walls and a fireplace. The dining room has a fireplace with an ornate mantel of columns and modified dentil molding, and paneling on the lower walls. The large family room has a fireplace, paneling on the walls, and a door to the patio and yard.Read Full Article
In the sizable gourmet kitchen features include a huge center island with a marble counter, wood butcher’s block perimeter counters with beveled edges, a farm sink, glass-front cabinetry, a large butler’s pantry with a sink, and a breakfast room with walls of windows looking out to the backyard gardens and this serene setting. The breakfast room has French doors to the patio and gardens. High-end appliances include a Viking Professional eight-burner range with a decorative backsplash of hand-painted imported tiles, and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
On the second floor the four bedrooms are all en suite, and the decorative molding continues. One of the bedrooms has a marble fireplace with a decorative mantel, and one of the baths has a steam shower.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Michelle Genovesi of Michelle&Company/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-227-4343 or Michelle.Genovesi@Raveis.com.