On the Market: Normandy Colonial in Easton offers practicality, sophistication
EASTON — Practicality is seamlessly interwoven with sophistication in the red brick Normandy colonial house with a mansard roof at 25 Fieldstone Drive.
This house features 4,870 square feet of living space, an open floor plan, soaring ceilings, and oversized windows, all of which could add significantly to the heating and cooling budget, but this house also features a zoned geothermal heating and cooling system. Printed information about the home’s geoexchange system, provided by the co-listing agents, indicates that it is an extremely efficient, clean and environmentally responsible system. It is “a very cost effective way to manage your electric bills,” according to one of the owners.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Normandy Colonial
ADDRESS: 25 Fieldstone Drive, Easton
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: 3.17-acre level and gently sloping property, located on a country cul-de-sac; heated Gunite swimming pool with a jetted spa, waterfall, new gas heater, and auto cleaner; zoned geothermal system for heating and cooling, exterior lighting, patio, professional landscaping, underground sprinkler, underground utilities, extra insulation, generator, Thermopane windows, wet bar, enclosed porch or solarium, speakers and wiring for an audio system throughout the house, pre-wired for cable, open floor plan, rear stairs, two fireplaces, fireplace insert, attached three-car garage, just minutes to all the conveniences and major travel routes in the nearby town of Monroe, two oil tanks, water heater tanks - 40-gallon and 50-gallon, full partially finished walk-out basement, attic, septic system, public water connection, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Samuel Staples Elementary, Helen Keller Middle, Joel Barlow High
TAX RATE: 31.33 mills
It uses “the relatively constant temperature of the earth as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer, instead of outside air … Since a geoexchange system merely transfers heat from the ground into your home in winter, you don’t need to burn any fossil fuels to create a warm interior environment,” the material says. Additionally, the material says the geothermal system drastically reduces carbon dioxide emissions, or greenhouse gases. It is an “environmentally friendly as well as safe and healthy alternative to traditional oil and gas furnaces.” This house does have a back-up oil system and a generator.
The house was built in 1994 on a 3.17-acre level and gently sloping property on a knoll about half way up a quiet country cul-de-sac. Aerial views of the street and this property would give the impression that they are hidden deep in a forest. This house is actually easy to access and conveniently located not far from Route 25, and only about 10 minutes from the Merritt Parkway. It is just minutes away from all of the conveniences available in the nearby town of Monroe and Easton’s Sport Hill Road (Route 59) and the wealth of working farms along that roadway.
Travel up the paved driveway to the attached three-car garage and the bluestone path lined in Belgium block to the front door, which is framed by decorative leaded glass sidelights and a transom. The door opens into the two-story foyer, which has a marble floor. Numerous windows capture stunning views of the surrounding countryside from virtually every room. There are clerestory windows in the spacious two-story living room and two sets of French doors into the solarium, which can also be accessed from the first floor master bedroom suite and the kitchen/great room.
The current owners said they have enjoyed this house for many reasons, one of which is the amount of bright natural light that floods into the rooms. They also love their “totally private” backyard with its heated Gunite swimming pool with a jetted spa and a waterfall, which has easy access to the bathroom in the walk-out lower level. The solarium also provides access to the yard and pool. They said the property is enhanced with professional landscaping including flowering trees and shrubbery, and the yard is ideal “for sled riding, volleyball, gardening, or whatever else you might prefer.”
The dining and living rooms are open to the other, separated only by four fluted columns. The dining room also features decorative crown molding. Off these two rooms, the heart of the house, there is a butler’s pantry with a sink, granite counter, glass-front cabinetry, and a built-in wine rack; a perfect wet bar for entertaining. The kitchen has a zig-zagging center island/breakfast bar, granite counters, a built-in desk area, and an eat-in area. It is open to the family room, which has a gas fireplace and an octagonal tray ceiling. The first floor study includes a wall of built-in cabinetry and shelving and a fireplace.
There are five bedrooms in this house; the master suite on the main living level in a private wing. It has a deep tray ceiling and ceiling fan, two walk-in closets and a large marble bath with separate vanities, a jetted tub, shower, bidet, and water closet. The remaining bedrooms are on the second floor. Two are en suite and the other two share a bath.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Jennifer Lockwood and Marje Tracy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Lockwood at 203-650-6870 or firstname.lastname@example.org , and Tracy at 203-339-1034 or email@example.com.