On the Market: Colonial saltbox in Southport pays homage to past, with modern amenities
FAIRFIELD — On the southern side of the Post Road (Route 1) in the Southport section of Fairfield there is a street with the distinction of having one of the oldest houses in town. The red pre-Revolutionary saltbox on Oxford Road dates back to 1702.
By contrast, on another local street north of the Post Road, not far from Oxford Road, there is a modern day colonial saltbox that pays homage to that particular house style of three centuries ago. The gray house at 809 Cedar Road shares little else in common with its early cousin. Distinguished local builder Jeff Tallman was not looking backward in 1999 when he constructed this house. Rather, he clearly anticipated the future lifestyle of the modern family.
Tallman envisioned the living and entertaining trends of 2020 and beyond when he gave this 11-room house an ideal, open concept floor plan, generously sized rooms, and a bonus space above the attached three-car garage that provides flexibility of usage. This space includes a bedroom, sitting room and full bath, which creates accommodations that could be suitable for in-laws, guests, or an au pair. The purpose of this space would depend on “the age and the stage of your family,” according to the co-listing agents.
Flexibility is just one of the many amenities Tallman wove into the 6,190 square feet of this residence. “This home was constructed to the highest quality showcasing extensive millwork, oversized windows, vaulted ceilings and total functionality,” the agents said.
Set back off of Cedar Road, the 1.12-acre property on which this house is sited provides its residence a wealth of privacy, and yet this house is only about five minutes from shopping and dining along the Post Road (Route 1) in Fairfield and Westport, as well as Southport Village, and the local Metro North train station. Also close by is the Greenfield Hill Market.
This house is a true center hall colonial. Open the front door, which is topped with a transom, and look all the way through to the French doors that provide access to the flagstone patio and backyard. The formal living room features a marble fireplace. French doors separate the living room from the wood-paneled library, where there is a wall of built-in bookshelves. The formal dining room features a coffered ceiling and a built-in window seat.
TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial Saltbox
ADDRESS: 809 Cedar Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
AMENITIES: 1.12-acre level property, located on a cul-de-sac off Cedar Road, flagstone patio, screened-in porch, audio system, balcony/deck, close to the Greenfield Hill Market and Southport Village, convenient to Southport Metro North train station and Fairfield County Hunt Club; proximity to Perrys Mill Pond, Birchbrook Park, Sturges Ponds Open Space, Aspetuck Land Trust: Acorn Lane Upland Preserve, and Old Hay Fields Open Space; four fireplaces, zoned central air conditioning, zoned natural gas heat, attached three-car garage, full partially finished walk-out basement, attic, wood shingle roof, public water connection, septic system, five bedrooms, five full and two half baths
SCHOOL: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 26.79 mills
The gourmet eat-in kitchen features a large center island/breakfast bar, under cabinet lighting, butler’s pantry, casual dining area, and high-end appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator. In the spacious family room there is a large fireplace flanked by built-in shelving, beamed ceiling, and French doors to the screened porch, which has a flagstone floor.
There are five sizable bedrooms, all on the second floor, including an expansive master suite with a fireplace, private balcony, and spa-like private bath with a jetted tub and large shower.
The recently redone lower level features incredible living space with high ceilings, a full bath and sliding doors to the backyard.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact co-listing agents Libby McKinney Tritschler, Andrew Whiteley, and Wendy Ryan of On The Harbor, Al Filippone Associates and William Raveis Real Estate at email@example.com .