ON THE HILL
A home atop a hill with the loveliest of grounds and a 20,000 plus square foot, six level home that must be seen to be appreciated in all its glory, finery and contemporary elegance.
The lovely and quaint town of Fairfield, in the state of Connecticut, offers something for everyone: two universities, shopping districts, along with great history and plenty of colonial architecture. Beaches, private country clubs, yacht clubs and parks are only a mere 50 miles or so from Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal reachable in 70 minutes by Metro North trains. Having said the above, let’s take a journey to the location of a home on the crest of Sasco Hill Road – one that awaits unique new ownership.
Begin the approach with views of the golf course of the Country Club of Fairfield, expand your vision to the quaint seafaring Southport Village and its Harbor that stretches to the shimmering Long Island Sound, and finally settle your eyes across the waters to a signature Manhattan skyline – then start the dream of entering the rooms of this “House on the Hill”. Take your time though, since the 20,000+ square feet of this concrete and steel framed estate is distilled into six levels of perfectly proportioned, warm and welcoming rooms - along with a 2,000 square foot two story Guest House – both clad in brick veneer accented by Italian limestone detailing. Renowned architect Roger Ferris took his inspiration from the country estates created by the famed English architect, Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens and began construction of the home in 1987 that was completed in 1993 - and then again substantially renovated in 2007.
The glorious grounds consisting of 2.5 manicured acres are full of rose gardens, apple trees, and an enormous variety of mature flora and fauna. Everywhere one looks there are trees, shrubs, and perennials that were chosen to provide visual interest during all seasons. The front of the home is landscaped with huge welcoming rhododendrons that bloom in shades of pink and white and front a long native stone wall. These plantings, separated from the road by lawn and a Belgian block curb, leads around the back where you will find a spectacular pool, fish pond, expansive lawns for outdoor activities, and a phenomenal children’s
The Main Level of 6,200 square feet encompasses both public entertainment areas – the Gallery, Living Room, Library, Bar, and Dining Room; and living areas – the Family Room and Family Dining Room. The Kitchen, Powder Rooms, and Patios are strategically placed to service all rooms. The upper levels are reachable by the floating staircase and an elevator. Here resides the 3600 square foot Master Suite – a pinnacle of perfection; below this is the 5800 square foot six children’s rooms and guest rooms.
Just below the Main level, a 4200 square foot Cabana room together with a kitchenette, elaborate bath complex and sauna service exists along an oval shaped outdoor pool and its expansive limestone clad patio. Also on this level is the exercise room, office, wine cellar, cedar and fur closet, mudrooms, and five garages. Progressing down one level brings you to the 1200 square foot Indoor Sports facility.
The lowest level of the house, like its lofty counterparts, is filled with surprises and sunlight. Rounding the corner of a limestone corridor provides a first encounter with the indoor pool – a 75-foot long, Italian tile-lined, blue river that flows in a barrel vault beneath a vast expanse of glass that is the skylight.
Yes, surely you will not find a more sumptuous yet contemporarily refined home. Each richly appointed room is done with magnificent millwork and the finest fixtures and finishes. The glorious result is an inviting family home that rises to any occasion with ease and elegance, be it a dinner for two or an extravaganza for two hundred.