On the Market: Fairfield colonial with new construction feel, historic accents
FAIRFIELD — Owning a piece of Fairfield history is appealing to homeowners, although not everyone appreciates the amount of work that must go into maintaining a vintage house.
The wheat-colored colonial house at 1024 Unquowa Road provides its homeowners a “new construction feel with historic accents.” This high-end colonial house in the Sturges neighborhood is only six years old. The vintage saltbox-style house that once stood on this nearly one-quarter of an acre level parcel dated back to the mid-18th century. It was built by David Barlow, a member of a prominent early Fairfield family. Barlow Road is just a few streets away.
According to a 2009 Fairfield Citizen article, there is a historical document that claims Ebenezer Burr also once lived in the house, which sits at the confluence of Unquowa Road and Mill Plain Road. The traffic triangle there is beautifully landscaped and regularly maintained, presumably by members of a local garden club.
The original saltbox structure was razed and completely rebuilt in 2013 by contractor Tom Mason of SandDollar Development in Fairfield, according to the current homeowners. The only thing that remains of the original house is the restored three-sided brick center chimney. One of its three fireplaces has a functioning beehive oven and a swivel arm fireplace crane to hold a pot or kettle.
“The thought of having a brand new house with a 1700s beehive oven took it over the line for us. Who has that? It set this house apart,” said Mike Kutsch, one of the owners. He and his wife Ami and their children have put that beehive oven to good use. The family uses it to make pizzas for themselves and they hold pizza parties for friends and family. “It’s a conversation piece. It becomes an event,” Kutsch said, adding that the kids like to create pizzas with different combinations of toppings. “It becomes a competition to see who can create the best pizza,” he said.
Often with an In-Town location a property sacrifices interior square footage, lot size, and privacy. This house sacrifices nothing. It has been meticulously maintained both inside and out. There is so much house and many amenities behind the white picket fence, semi-circular crushed stone driveway lined in Belgium block, and the turquoise front door.
The house has 10 rooms and 4,200 square feet of living space, with exquisite mill work, nine-foot ceilings throughout, and an open concept floor plan that is perfect for entertaining. The flow from room to room centers around the chimney and three fireplaces; one in the formal living room, one in the family room, and one in a sitting room off the kitchen. The formal dining room has French doors to the bluestone patio and backyard. The kitchen has a center island/breakfast bar, Ogee-edged granite counters, a large casual dining area, and French doors to the patio and yard. High end appliances include an imported Bertazzoni six-burner range.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms and an office. The master suite features a walk-in closet and private bath. One of the other bedrooms is also en suite.
The full finished walk-out lower level has a ceramic tile floor, game room, media room, and a play or recreation room.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 1024 Unquowa Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
FEATURES: 0.22-acre level and partially fenced property, audio system, garden area, bluestone patio, sidewalk, underground sprinkler, Thermopane windows, pre-wired for cable, open floor plan; walking distance to local public schools, the Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary, downtown Metro North train station, Sturges Park, Mill Hollow Park, the Eunice Postol Recreation Center, and Sportsplex; proximity to Post Road (Route 1) and I-95, three fireplaces, cedar closet, workshop, storage, semi-circular driveway, huge walk-up attic stairs, attached tandem two-car garage, zoned central air conditioning, zoned natural gas heat, full finished walk-out basement, attic, room for a pool per Fairfield zoning, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Riverfield Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 26.79 mills
Outside, the attractively landscaped property features arborvitae trees to augment the private setting. The house is ideally located in the center of Fairfield within walking distance of the Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary, downtown Metro North train station, several public schools and numerous parks including Sturges Park, Sturges Ponds Open Space, Mill Hollow Park, Mill Plain Green, Perry’s Mill Pond, and Birchbrook Park, as well as the Eunice Postol Recreation Center, and Sportsplex. It also enjoys proximity to Post Road (Route 1) and I-95.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Annie Kruger or Monika Filipek of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate; Kruger at 646-712-4461 or email@example.com, and Filipek at 646-637-4919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.