FAIRFIELD — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartache, as well as a challenge for working and distance learning at home. But, as with all difficult situations, there is a silver lining.

The forced lock-down in the spring, and the continuing need to socially distance has brought many families and neighbors closer together and has given people an appreciation for a simpler way of life: shared meals, game nights, long walks together and bike riding on the quiet street.

The residents of the green colonial house at 261 Hemlock Hills Road South in Fairfield’s Greenfield Hill neighborhood never really lost sight of that simpler, congenial time. This part of town and this particular property “offers privacy yet within a true neighborhood,” according to the owners.

“There is a real sense of community in this neighborhood. It’s very family-oriented. There is an email chain that includes over 50 families to share information and happenings. There’s an annual chili cook-off, pizza parties, Hemlock Harvesters gardening club, book clubs, Christmas cookie swaps, wreath-making, occasional adult-only cocktail parties and family get-togethers. We have made many friends in this neighborhood as have our kids,” according to one of the owners.

Those events may be on hold temporarily, but when the world is ready to safely get together again this house and its 3.44-acre property invite small, intimate gatherings as well as large-scale parties. This center hall colonial, which was built in 1979, boasts more than 4,700 square feet, of living space and entertaining space.

“The grounds are much the same as the home itself. Privacy and beauty abound and surround the perimeter in a canopy of green. Stone walls outline the landscape and oaks meet pines in a breathtakingly beautiful park-like setting. The rear deck is a great location for entertaining or just enjoying the quiet nature that surrounds you,” the co-listing agents said.

The owner added that the backyard is amazing. The children have spent many hours wandering and exploring the surrounding wooded areas. “I love gardening so I’ve enjoyed taking care of the many different plants and flowers, and recently my husband built me a vegetable garden.”

Less than a mile from this house is the Connecticut Audubon Center and its Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary, just about a five-minute walk away. The seven miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and birdwatching. There is even a wheelchair-accessible trail. Also close by is Burr Elementary School, just a mile and a half away.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 261 Hemlock Hills Road South

PRICE: $989,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9

FEATURES: 3.44-acre level and lightly wooded parcel, partially fenced property, located on a cul-de-sac, deck, fire pit, garden area, underground sprinkler, exterior painted in 2019, move in ready, wet bar, storm doors and windows, Anderson windows, cable - available, central vacuum, three fireplaces; close to Burr Elementary School, the Connecticut Audubon Center, and the Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary; easy commute to the Merritt Parkway and Black Rock Turnpike shopping; about 10 minutes to downtown, Metro North Railroad station and I-95, storage shed, stone wall, attached under house two-car garage, new zoned central air conditioning (July 2020), oil heat, 50-gallon water heater tank, attic, full finished basement, work bench area, public water connection, septic system, generator-ready, massive amounts of storage throughout, four bedrooms, three full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $669,130

TAX RATE: 26.79 mills

TAXES: $17,926

“We are not far from stores and supermarkets so it is a convenient location as well,” one owner said. “It is truly a beautiful peaceful place to live.”

The current owners have renovated the house. They replaced the basement floors, pulled up the carpet in the family room and refinished those wood floors. “We have refreshed and painted almost every room in the house. Because we love to work in the yard, we have done a ton of landscaping,” the owner said.

Inside, the formal living room has a marble fireplace, while the family room features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace as well as a wet bar and French doors to the deck. The formal dining room has a large bay window and wainscoting on the lower walls.

“Release your inner chef in the spacious eat-in kitchen,” according to the co-listing agents.

“During the pandemic we have eaten so many different styles and genres of food,” the owner said. It features granite counters, two pantries, a breakfast bar, and sliding doors to the deck. Also on the main level there is an office/bedroom and a second powder room. The first is off the kitchen.

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms. The large master bedroom suite has a walk-in closet and its bath has a double vanity and oversized shower.

The lower level is a wonderful surprise, the agents said. It offers an incredible bonus space with endless function and options including a second family room, billiard or media space, home gym or another office if necessary, a full bath, a work bench area and lots of storage.

“We raised our family in this neighborhood … and could not have been happier … I can’t think of a better place to have raised our family. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we have,” the owner said.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Lori Auerbach and Julie Vanderblue of Higgins Group Real Estate; Auerbach at 646-734-3514 or lori@vanderblue.com, and Vanderblue at 203-257-6994 or julie@vanderblue.com.