On the Market: Updated Queen Anne Victorian home offers charm
FAIRFIELD — As the holiday season approaches, family bakers will soon start mixing batter to make Christmas cookies. Some of them will be formed using cookie cutters, while other people prefer the free-form variety, each cookie slightly different from the other.
The same is true in architectural structures. There are some potential home-buyers who are searching for what are sometimes referred to as the “cookie-cutter colonials,” those houses that seem to have the same outward appearance, footprint and features. Others prefer the uniqueness of a one-of-a-kind residence. The coral pink-colored antique Queen Anne Victorian house at 122 Stratfield Road in Fairfield definitely qualifies as unique. Its next owners can be assured there is not another quite like it.
It was built in 1894 and has retained its character, charm and many of its period details, even through a 2004 renovation and a more recent updating project, both of which imbued the home with modern amenities and styling.
According to the listing agent, this painted lady, with clapboard and classic scalloped shakes, has been updated with modern conveniences including central air conditioning, two new gas furnaces, a hot water heater, baths, kitchen, fence, a 100-year Vermont slate roof installed in 2000 and more … “Architects and antiques aficionados; this Queen Ann Victorian on Connecticut's Gold Coast will not disappoint. Late 19th century American Victorian vernacular architectural details will enthrall the senses; a multi-tonal and textured exterior, high ceilings, intricate millwork, wide board floors, secret passageways, brass and crystal light fixtures, windows of varying sizes, shapes and designs including stained glass.”
The nine-room, 2,749-square-foot house sits on a 0.19-acre level property in the Stratfield neighborhood, across the street from the Brooklawn Country Club golf course. The driveway of this corner lot is on Querida Street, and it provides off-street parking as well as a detached two-car garage with a separate entrance to a storage loft. That loft can be finished to create more living space; perhaps a home office, an art or yoga studio, or a game room.
The exterior of the house has interesting curb appeal, its sleek front façade making it appear thinner and smaller than it actually is. The covered front porch wraps around three sides. Inside this former rectory for Assumption Church, the modernized interior still highlights the beautiful period details including intricate millwork, wide-board and inlaid oak floors, several original stained-glass windows, and brass and crystal lighting fixtures, both period and reproduction. It also features spacious rooms with nine-foot-plus ceilings.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique Queen Anne Victorian
ADDRESS: 122 Stratfield Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
FEATURES: 0.19-acre level property, fully fenced yard, corner lot, wrap-around front porch, 100-year Vermont slate roof (installed in 2000), Brazilian mahogany conservatory or solarium, exterior lighting, central vacuum, front and rear staircases, zoned central air conditioning and natural gas heat, two new gas furnaces and hot water heater, original tin ceiling in updated gourmet kitchen, across the street from Brooklawn Country Club, view of golf course, easy access to public transportation; only minutes to shopping, restaurants, Metro North Railroad train station, highways, beaches, universities and farmer’s markets; stained glass and leaded windows, hidden passageways, two fireplaces (on wood-burning and one gas-fueled), public water and sewer connections, full unfinished basement, attic, detached two-car garage, three bedrooms, three full baths
SCHOOLS: Stratfield Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
TAX RATE: 26.79 mills
The vestibule features French doors with beveled glass and original hardware. A hand-carved decorative newel post is topped with a period art nouveau lantern that was originally gas-fueled, but was converted to electric. In the formal dining room there is an ornate, large scale, built-in mahogany mirror and a dramatic arch with amber-colored glass window panes surrounding a large picture window.
Pocket doors separate the dining room from the den, which features the first of two fireplaces, this one comprises inlaid soapstone and is wood-burning. The other is a raised red brick, gas log fireplace found in the updated gourmet eat-in kitchen, where there are also granite counters, original tin ceiling, decorative crown molding, high-end stainless appliances, and a farm sink.
Off the kitchen is the mahogany conservatory or solarium with a vaulted ceiling and a door to the attractive fenced yard, which is a manageable size with several sitting areas, perennial flower gardens and a raised vegetable garden.
On the second floor there are three bedrooms, two baths and several hand-crafted, tongue-and-groove paneled doors and reproduction vintage wall sconces. The spacious master suite has a ceiling fan, luxurious marble bath with a decorative tile radiant heated flooring, a dressing area and walk-in closet with built-in organizers. The finished third floor provides lots of storage and two additional rooms with wide-planked knotty pine flooring; perfect spaces as a home office, another bedroom, gym, yoga, media, meditation, play, or Zoom room. The latter use would especially come in handy should the current coronavirus pandemic necessitate distance learning or working from home.
The full unfinished basement offers additional storage, a workshop, huge double utility sink, and room for a wine cellar, and exercise area.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Laura Sydney of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-610-3949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.