Last week I shared with you that Paul Newman's former Westport, Connecticut home is for sale for a cool seven and a half million dollars. That seems to be a pretty popular price around here. Neighboring Westport is the small idylic coastal village of Southport which is part of the town of Fairfield. I adore this little village that I happen to call my home.
This week I am sharing with you the Southport, Connecticut home featured in And so it Goes, featuring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas is on the market for roughly the same price. (Click here for trailer.)
Settled in 1639, Southport center has been designated a local historic district since 1967, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 as the Southport Historic District. In the eighteenth century, Mill River Village which was a part of the Town of Fairfield, was a small hamlet of just a few houses and a wharf at the mouth of Fairfield's Mill River. Farm products from the surrounding area were shipped from Mill River's small harbor to ports in New York and beyond. By 1831 the village had changed its name to Southport and became a bustling commercial area with warehouses, churches, schools, stores and elegant homes.
Southport had become a leading coastal port on the Long Island Sound, with ships carrying produce and goods back and forth to New York City. A key component to the village's success was the fact that that during the 1800s it had the only two banks that served the the town. Soon the railroad would would compete with the shipping industry. Resourceful shippers found themselves working with with local farmers and businessmen to keep the port going. The Southport onion, a high quality onion, was developed and grown on Fairfield's hills and shipped out via the harbor which kept it profitable until the end of the century. In the 1890s, 100,000 barrels of locally grown onions, carrots, potatoes, and other goods were shipped annually from Southport harbor.
Today, much of the old village area is part of a town historic district, where buildings from three centuries are protected for future generations. Strict historic zoning regulations apply in the district and have been upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court.The Southport Historic District is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The New York Times wrote about Southport a few years back. "If a row of tall white columns across the front of a building is a measure of its exclusivity, as the facade of the White House might suggest, Southport is a pretty rarefied place. Buildings with grooved pillars and curlicue capitals line thoroughfares like Westway and Old South Roads in Southport, a waterfront enclave of Fairfield, Conn. The buildings are often framed by bluestone sidewalks and fenced with fishbone-thin pickets. A five-column Greek Revival, so-called for its resemblance to the Parthenon, puffs out its chest next door to the neighborhood’s library. And Southport’s flyspeck of a downtown has another one, in red brick. That distinguished look comes at a cost. First-timers may have a hard time buying in Southport, as there is little available for under $500,000, and many houses with views of the sailboat-lined harbor can top $5 million."
Our village, a beautiful sleepy New York bedroom community now boasts lovely shops and antique stores, restaurants and a boutique hotel. For those who love to walk, run or bike, we have some of the most scenic routes on the coast. The Pequot Yacht Club is a private club for serious sailors. Two movies have been filmed here, Revolutionary Road, starring Leonardo diCaprio and Kate Winslet and And so it Goes.
Interested in this fabulous property in this treasure of a town? This luxurious home of modern construction is located at 457 Harbor Road, Fairfield, in Historic Southport Village. Spectacular, elevated views of the harbor can be seen from much of the home. Directly across the harbor lie The Country Club of Fairfield and Long Island Sound.
Traditional New England architecture mixes with an open floor plan to bring dramatic light and scenery to every room of the house, including a gourmet kitchen, family room, master suite with his/her baths, private and office & fitness room. The home is wrapped in elegant terraces and includes a deep water dock with boat house & garden with koi pond/waterfall. A heated driveway is a welcome modern amenity as are the 2 laundry rooms and custom floating staircase. The property is listed by William Raveis Exceptional Properties.