Home      79 Parkwood
79 Parkwood Road, Fairfield CT

I just love, love, love the little area in Fairfield whose boundaries go from North Benson to Lovers Lane (east to west) and from Osborne Hill to Holland Hill (north to south).  I guess many would call that the University area.  I call it just gorgeous and shame on me for not getting over to see this sweet house before now.  What a terrific "find".
The houses in this area are some of my favorites.  Built mostly in the 1930s each house in the area has its own unique style.  All from an era when architecture was at its most glorious.  Each with wonderful sharp lines and distinctly pointed roofs and this house fits right in.  Built in 1939, it sits beautifully on its half acre lot. 
The minute you enter through the front door you feel its warmth and history.  The first thing you notice is the beautiful arched doorway leading from the entry foyer to the living room, the beautifully kept hardwood floors and the sweet fireplace across the room.  The whole thing had a Craftsman Bungalow feel to it.  It gave me the sense that they don't make them like this any more.
Sitting right next to the living room is a glorious three-season sun room. As you step down into it the high ceiling makes the room seem immense. I personally love a sun room, but I could also see this being converted into a big family room with a vaulted ceiling and fieldstone fireplace.  Very versatile.  Next to the sun room is a wonderful formal dining room with those lovely built-in corner cabinets.  I just love those types of cabinets.  My Aunt Mary had them in her house and every time I see some they bring back warm childhood memories for me.
Sitting next to the dining room is the very bright and welcoming kitchen.  It was entirely white (cabinets, counters and appliances) and the whole thing felt so fresh and clean.  I am sure there are some who might want stainless steel appliances and dark granite counters, but I have to say the all white motif was a refreshing change.  There were two bedrooms downstairs, including the master and both were very generously sized. A newly remodeled bath sat next to them both.  Upstairs were two more large bedrooms and a newly done bathroom.
Perhaps one of the biggest bonuses of this house is its basement.  Fully finished, it offers several distinct rooms and could be easily made into a sizable in-law apartment/au pair suite with almost no effort. There is even a laundry room downstairs so a bathroom could easily be added to complete the suite. An attached two car garage completes the package.
The house sits beautifully within this lovely neighborhood and with a price of $599,000 it not only offers warmth and charm but significant value as well.  Most other recent sales on the street have been well over that price range.

Why is this the Gem of the Week?

  This house and this neighborhood have so much charm, you won't know what to do with it all.

Susan S. Herrmann
Licensed in the state of Connecticut
The Higgins Group
Site last updated: May 19, 2013