Style: Antique Colonial
Type: Single Family Residential
Baths: 5 full, 2 half
Sq. Feet: 9,423
Garage: 5 car
AFA Homes, Al Filippone Assoc. / William Raveis
Description: Step back in time as you meander through this elegant country estate with its lovely home and exquisite gardens, situated on 9.68 peaceful and private acres in Greenfield Hill. The home was built in 1920 by renowned architect, Cameron Clark, for Henry B. Stoddard, a wealthy Harvard law graduate living in Bridgeport, CT. Stoddard also commissioned Clark’s wife, Agnes, a well-known landscape architect, to design the gardens.
All of the rooms on the first floor were designed to look out to one of the five gardens, allowing the natural beauty and views to pull you back out, no matter what the season. The property is breathtaking with its collection of specimen trees, evergreens and perennials defining the gardens and the long stretch of land in front of the barn. Beautiful Italianate statuary and fountains add to the serenity and hushed feeling, evoking a time gone by. Agnes’ original stone gazebo stands just outside the entrance to the Pool House and Gardens and her 12’+ curved, stone bench still graces the Shade Garden. Two custom made wrought-iron gates bring you into the English Garden.
Cameron Clark liked to build big homes, but with intimate spaces. This home has plenty of room for large scale entertaining as well as cozy living areas throughout for more personal gatherings.
The 9000+sf main house offers all of the amenities of a gracious lifestyle, including a billiards room and media room, library, office, exercise/sun room, screened porch, large open kitchen/breakfast/family room, formal dining and living room, craft room or nursery, five bedrooms en suite, elevator and an attached two-car garage. There are hardwood floors throughout, beautiful St. Regis moldings, French doors, a secure gated entrance with video and audio identification, full irrigation system in gardens, built-in stereo system in home, outdoor patio and pool area, outdoor lighting, radiant heat under all bathrooms as well as Family Room, Office and 2nd entry Mudroom.
The home is filled with exquisite detail and custom millwork throughout. Some of the highlights include a French, turn-of-the-century, gold/bronze doré motorized chandelier in the Grand Foyer, two chandeliers in the Dining Room with amber and crystal detail, four sets of French doors with custom-made mahogany screens and an Old-English Coalhod gas burner in a magnificent cast limestone fireplace in the Family Room. Built-in mahogany china cabinets can be found in the Butler’s Pantry, an antique Rosewood dresser in the second entry Powder Room and beautiful Lichen-covered brick on the back Terrace. There is an incredible view of the property from the adjacent Exercise/Sun Room in the Master Bedroom.
The property also includes a 1400+sf guest cottage with Living and Family Room, Kitchen, two Bedrooms and one Bath, attached Greenhouse and a three-car Garage with hydraulic lift. A 700+ sf Guest/Pool House/Spa is a wonderful place to entertain guests as well with two large Bathrooms that include a steam shower and separate sauna, full Kitchen and Breakfast/Living area.
Some fun tidbits – During the turn of the Century this property was a farm, Sea View Farm, supplying fruits and vegetables for years to the general store on the corner of Bronson Road and Old Academy. A full property and house history has been done for this estate and is available to interested parties.
These gardens were featured in The Discovery in the Garden tour, last June 2011. The house and gardens were featured in Fairfield Magazine in the March/April 2012 issue.