Buying a house is likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, so for obvious reasons buyers can be nervous about selecting one. It’s a very personal decision. People want to feel some kind of connection to a home.
House Stories is my way of telling you more, giving behind-the-scene details you may not find in the listing that add flavor and history to these homes. It’s the little things that help us make a connection; you may find yours begins with a story…
This lovely 1884 colonial farmhouse began its life as the ‘miller’s house’, located east of the gristmill just next door. It sits right on the Mill River, at the mouth of Southport Harbor. The harbor at Mill River (now Southport) was busy and crowded with smaller vessels destined for New York and ports in southern states. In the mid-19th century Fairfield farmers were raising about 41,250 bushels of globe onions per year, and their output continued to grow. By the 1890s, the number of barrels annually exported from Southport harbor had grown to an impressive 100,000. (1)
Farmers in the higher, northern part of Fairfield, specifically Greenfield Hill, would look out for market boats arriving at the harbor that would carry their produce. When a boat was spotted, word spread among the farmers and lines of loaded wagons would quickly appear on the roads into Southport. (2)
I love to imagine what life was like back then on Harbor Road, grinding the grain of local farmers and watching the boats sail out to the Sound. The current owners still watch the boats sail out of the harbor, albeit for sport and not commerce. They’ve lived there 30+ years and still enjoy the tranquility of watching the sea from their front Great room or wrap around deck, in all four of the seasons.
In the Great room, the bottom part of the built-ins that flank the fireplace are the original chimney cabinets. The pine wood floor staircase and much of the 2nd floor wood is original.This home has a lot of space, including a separate formal Dining room, Sunroom, Master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite bath, double-room Guest room plus additional bedroom across the hall, walk up attic and walk out cellar.There are a pair of swans that frequent the edge of the property, just at the spot where you can pull your kayak in for a ride up the river. The owners tell me they come back year after year. The cutting garden in back provides fresh flowers for the home in Spring, Summer & Fall. Everyday the owners walk their dog to the Village and back, often stopping at the beach. It’s a peaceful way of living and only an hour’s drive from New York City. Please contact me for additional information or to schedule a showing. 203-257-9110
The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship.
– Ernest Hemingway
(1) Fairfield Town History, Sources of Prosperity: Agriculture and Maritime Commerce, http://www.fairfieldct.org/content/10724/12146/12168.aspx
(2) (Fairfield Town History, Sources of Prosperity: Agriculture and Maritime Commerce, (http://www.fairfieldct.org/content/10724/12146/12168.aspx)