Historic House of the Month

Norwalk Preservation Trust looks at some of the historic properties currently available on the real estate market in Norwalk. Please review our website Terms of Use.

June 2017: 5 Thorp Lane

Set well back, bordered by traditional New England stone walls, at the end of a cul-de-sac on 1.62 pastoral acres lives this 1880s farm house in West Norwalk. In the later part of the 19th century, much of the land in West Norwalk consisted of farms – dairy, hay, pasture for animals, vegetable – owned by a very diverse population.

Over the years, this farmhouse has evolved into a colonial revival house circa 1950 with elements of an older house – beams, paneling and two fireplaces – with owners expanding, renovating and updating still leaving the possibility of redecorating to meet today’s lifestyles. The roof, exterior shingles, central air conditioning, city water, Generac generator system are already in place, with city sewer line in the street. Major landscaping has been done. A two car garage with heated studio above is another plus for this farmhouse which features eight rooms, three bedrooms and two full baths. Cathedral ceiling, arched doorways, and many nooks and crannies add to the unique character of this home. As it sits on 1.62 acres of land, there is the potential that the lot could be subdivided, or simply enjoyed with all of its tranquility. I-95, Route 1, Route 123, trains, and the Merritt Parkway are all within ten minutes of the house, as well as Oak Hills Park with tennis courts and golf course.

$580,000. Contact Kate Johnson of William Raveis Real Estate at (203) 856-2786 or Kate.Johnson@Raveis.com.

May 2017: 12 Morgan Avenue

A rare find and the very best Bettswood has to offer! Horace L. Hubbell house, a grand Victorian built in 1890, features detailed craftsmanship throughout. Lovingly cared for by the current owners over the past 30 years, preserving original details and making many updates that show pride of ownership in every room. This warm, welcoming home highlights original trims, pocket doors, window seat, two fireplaces, and a front porch. Modern upgrades include central air, thermo pane windows, updated kitchen and remodeled baths.

Main floor offers a stately staircase and high ceilings, large formal living room with fireplace and dining room with butler’s pantry. Eat in kitchen is updated with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Family room with fireplace, a library with custom built-ins and a full bath complete the first floor. Second floor provides a large master suite with private bath and roof top deck plus two additional bedrooms and full bath. Huge finished 3rd floor with full bath can be used to fill many different needs. Finally a private yard offers stunning gardens with in ground sprinkler system, expansive deck, screened porch and patio with hot tub. All this, plus a secret wine room.

$719,000. Contact Steve Scatamacchia of William Raveis Real Estate at (203) 858-4784 or Steve.Scatamacchia@Raveis.com.

April 2017: 41 Lockwood Lane

Welcome to this very special, sun-drenched 1929 Mediterranean home, located in the convenient Bettswood area of Norwalk. Beautifully maintained, the home is filled with character and period details, offering three bedrooms and two full baths. Vintage features include wrought-iron stair rails, chandeliers and arched doorways. The spacious light-filled living room offers high ceilings and flows to a cozy den that is reminiscent of 1920's parlor days, both rooms share a double fireplace. The updated kitchen offers granite counters, high-end stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry with self-closing drawers and sliders to an entertainer's deck overlooking a park-like yard with a charming footbridge. Upstairs has three generous bedrooms, a full bath and another accommodating sunny balcony. The family room in the lower level can be a potential fourth bedroom with a full bath. The lower level also includes ample storage, a laundry room, a utility room, walk out to the backyard and interior access to a generous-sized one car garage.

A testament from the owner: "The kitchen includes a 40+-year-old, six-burner Garland range and offers quick access to the spacious deck and dining room, convenient for year-round indoor and outdoor entertaining. The dining room, open to the living room and library, which share a fireplace, has provided generous capacity for me to receive friends and host conversations or to listen to live music. The balcony off the 2nd floor has been a scenic site for an afternoon party, and the three bedrooms and bathroom afford a view of this tranquil neighborhood’s multi-style architecture. I find the downstairs family room a relaxing space with a full bathroom steps away and easy access to the backyard gardens: white and pink roses in the summer; forsythia and Rose of Sharon in the spring; and a Japanese maple, varieties of hosta, and decades-old pachysandra and a stream in two seasons. The original railings, stucco walls, Mediterranean-style roof tiles, chandeliers, and hardwood floors remind me of a bygone era-made-modern in the middle of Norwalk."

$459,000. Contact Aurelia S. Gilbert of NewBridge International Realty Group at (203) 451-3178 or agilbert@newbridge-properties.com.

March 2017: Bonnie Doone House, 138 Silvermine Avenue

Perched on a knoll overlooking Silvermine Avenue is a rambling white colonial situated there since 1780, a classic 18th-century center hall colonial with additions on both the side and rear of the house. Sometime in the 1930s and 1940s, it was purchased by the Wallau family. Alex Wallau owned a textile company which manufactured and sold fashion stockings under the brand Bonnie Doone. Over time, the house took on the name of the family's firm and became known as the Bonnie Doone house.

The property still has a shuffleboard court dating from the 1940s, and its rear borders the Silvermine River. Extravagant parties were held in the home and on its grounds, attended by business magnates and socialites from New York. As one of the original homes in Silvermine, an area of Norwalk that has been home and resort for numerous celebrities and artists over the years, the Bonnie Doone house provides a look into Norwalk’s history.

The home features thirteen rooms, with five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, and two fireplaces. The main floor has a formal living room with nine-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, a fireplace and French doors. Also on the first floor is the dining room and the family room with a fireplace and a den. Upstairs there are three large bedrooms en suite. A smaller bedroom, an additional bath, and an office complete the second floor.

Although the house has been extensively updated, many of its historic features remain, including original beams using wooden pegs. Recently featured in the Norwalk Hour, the home's potential was highlighted in an HGTV Property Brothers episode that aired in September 2016.

$600,000. Contact Anthony Parenti or Tushar Shah of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services at (203) 846-1611 or AParenti@bhhsne.com.

December 2016: 33 Comstock Hill Avenue

Early New England has a long history of hunting and Lower Fairfield County is no exception. As New York City and the surrounding areas became more populated, wealthy city dwellers, either alone or in partnership, purchased large tracts of land in the country in order to enjoy the sport on weekends or at their leisure. The land would also house some sort of camp or lodge for their overnight stay. The Silvermine area was no stranger to this type of land usage. In fact, several homes in Silvermine have either a hunting lodge attached to them or are a lodge that has seen additions made to it over the years.

One such home is located at 33 Comstock Hill Avenue in Norwalk. Public tax records indicate it was built in 1920 and was originally a hunting lodge. One of the many attractions of this home is the stone fireplace that provides a focal point upon entering. The current owners have also left the game hooks in the rafters in the kitchen. Over the years, additions have included a master bedroom suite, raising the roof, air conditioning and an in-ground pool. The property combines the charm of Silvermine with a most convenient location.

$597,033. Contact Susan Hanson of William Raveis Real Estate at (203) 247-3763 or susanandstevehanson@gmail.com.

November 2016: Julia Ackerly House, 4 Roton Avenue

Built in 1889, the house had several initial owners but was owned by Julia Ackerly starting in 1905. Her husband, George Henry Ackerly, ran the oyster sloop Viola L, named after George and Julia’s daughter. Their only child, Viola Louise, inherited the house and it was not sold by the family until after she died in 1965. The house is located in the heart of Rowayton – across the street from Rowayton School (built in 1940) and the Duck Pond. Steps from the Rowayton Community Center with its Library, paddle courts, Potting Shed, Dog Park and meeting rooms. Around the corner from "Downtown Rowayton" and Bayley Beach.

The house is effectively original with 954 square feet, 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. What must have been a covered porch has now been partially enclosed; the rafters remain exposed. This antique gem has updated kitchen and baths, new windows, an open plan first floor and a walk up attic. Beautiful landscaping designed and installed by Round Meadow Landscapes.

$659,000. Contact Mike Barbis at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, (203) 434-6577 or barbismike@gmail.com.

October 2016: 11 Heathcote Road

This home, located at the end of a cul-de-sac off Route 7, was built in 1775. It pre-dates the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolutionary War. The size and quality of the house tells us it belonged to a prosperous colonist, and it survived the burning of Norwalk by the British in 1779. While most of the original random-width wood floors are still in place, the log joists have been sistered with newer beams. The dining room, once the kitchen, boasts the original wood-burning hearth and a bee-hive oven.

The house has been expanded, renovated and updated by several owners since the original, carefully adding to its intrinsic charm: an addition with a living room, bedroom, full bath, office, sun-room, and two-car garage. It offers central air and heat, city water, and an updated kitchen. The additions have been made over a new footprint, so as not to spoil the original antique structure. For more info and photos, go to this website: 11Heathcote.

$525,000. Contact Ken Delmar of the Delmar Group at Keller Williams, (203) 253-0711 or khdelmar@gmail.com.

July 2016: Claude Guthrie House, 276 Silvermine Avenue

This wonderful antique Colonial in the heart of Silvermine is awaiting your visit. The Claude Guthrie House was built circa 1840 and sits on just over a level quarter acre. It boasts of many original and wonderful architectural features and exterior grandeur. Lots of exposed beams on the interior, wood floors, two fireplaces, French doors, many built-ins, and a large country kitchen with soaring ceilings. Many details hark back to the original feeling of Silvermine from days gone by.

A total of eight rooms and two full baths add up to a generous 2,144 square feet of living space. There is a partially finished basement and great flexibilty to the floor plan. The Silvermine Arts Center, the Silvermine Market, and the soon-to-be finished Silvermine hotel and restuarant are just a short stroll away.

$400,000. Contact Elizabeth Kamar of William Raveis Real Estate at (203) 847-0471 or kamare@raveisre.com.

June 2016: The Camp House, 44 Adams Avenue

Here is a rare opportunity to own one of the very few homes that survived the burning of Norwalk in 1779 during the Revolutionary War. Built about 1760, the Camp House still retains many of its original architectural features and much of its charm with very few changes or additions. Original fireplaces, hardwood floors (some original wide plank) low ceilings and exposed beams everywhere take you back a step in time. Although there have been several modern living amenities​ added, including central air, it remains a fine example of early New England Americana.

This original Saltbox is a perfect choice for lovers of history. Originally situated on nearby Camp Street and built by Jonathan Camp as the living quarters for the Camp Farm, the house was later moved to its present location, near the site of the Battle of the Rocks, which took place on the day of the burning of Norwalk. Situated on a level .16 acre with lots of privacy, it has three bedrooms, one and a half baths, and wood floors throughout. This old house has been lovingly preserved and maintained. Its location is very convenient to shopping, restaurants, highways and parks.

$375,000. Contact Rod Grodman of Riverside Realty Group at (203) 952-6117 or westportagent@hotmail.com.

March 2016: Sturges House, 228 Wolfpit Avenue

The Sturges House, built before 1820, is able to trace its heritage to a series of prominent owners, including relatives of President John Adams. The property has undergone many changes and additions over the years, all of which have been respectfully integrated into the original construction and architecture. The preserved qualities are evident in various details throughout the house. While updated to service modern demands, the home maintains many of its early 19th-century features.

The house consists of 10 rooms and over 3,200 square feet situated on a beautiful half acre and includes five bedrooms, four full baths, two fireplaces, an updated chef's kitchen, hardwood floors and three porches leading to the lovely landscaped property. This home is a true testament to preserved history and is an excellent example of how to successfully modify a historic house to meet modern needs without compromising original details.

$615,000. Contact Chris Titus of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty at (203) 247-0063 or ctitus@williampitt.com.

February 2016: Miriam and Asher Glickson House, 22 Morgan Avenue

The area around the Norwalk Green boasts of many homes of historical significance. The English Tudor style of the 1928 Glickson House stands proudly in this prominent neighborhood. It is set on a hill, shaded by tall trees that conceal the quiet private garden and patio at the rear of the house, open to both morning sunrise and breezy evening sunset. The exterior construction is fieldstone, brick, and stucco, with the use of two colors of brick to add cottage charm. The garage under the summer porch, with access to the basement is a 1920s innovation.

The interior construction is graceful and innovative as well. Oak hardwood flooring throughout, with nine rooms with nine-foot high swirled stucco plaster walls and ceilings, with a full basement, walk up attic, and summer porch, all features typical of the period. Further innovations include the master bedroom en suite, the foyer half bath for a total of two and a half baths, outside doors in the bedrooms to provide healthy air flow for sleeping, and a heated garage for the newest popular rage in travel, the family car! What was ahead of its time in the 1920s has come full circle today, with improvements and updates for contemporary living. Through the years, both couples and families with as many as six children have called this gem home. The convenience of living on Morgan Avenue is one of Norwalk’s best-kept secrets.

$512,500. SOLD! Contact Sue Cooper of Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties at (203) 434-3746 or SCooper@bhhsne.com.

December 2015: 47 East Rocks Road

This classic 1884 Queen Anne Victorian is a perfect mix of the grace of yesteryear with updates for today's world. Lovely details: period hardware, glass door knobs, etched and stained glass front door, stained glass window, ten-foot high ceilings, gracious curved staircase, crown moldings, ceiling medallion, hardwood floors and large, wrap-around porch. Five bedrooms. Updated baths. Spacious top floor master retreat with new master bathroom includes soaking tub, shower, and marble counter vanities. New gas furnace, roof, skylights, powder room, exterior and interior paint. Expansive level lawn, pergola covered patio. Fireplace in large eat-in kitchen. Two car garage. Convenient location. Very special house!

$577,000. SOLD! Contact Wendye Pardue of William Raveis Real Estate at (203) 247-7927 or Wendye.Pardue@raveis.com.

August 2015: Daniel St. John House, 232 Silvermine Avenue

A drive up Silvermine Avenue is a step back in time. Following the meandering river, the site of bustling mills long before the artists arrived, one comes upon homes that represent the long history of Silvermine. From the outside, and stepping through the front door, the Daniel St. John house looks just as it did when it was built over 275 years ago. Back-to-back original fireplaces in the living room and dining room, wide-planked floors made of trees felled on the land and milled at the river, and evidence of a bakery-sized fireplace downstairs all have centuries of stories to tell.

With loving additions over the years, this house is a wonderful blend of untouched antique and spacious, comfortable contemporary. Four levels include 4 bedrooms, 3 full and one half baths, a huge home-chef's dream kitchen, and a "great room" on the lowest level that is a replica of a colonial tavern. Doors from the tavern open onto the original well and a private backyard with a brick patio and swimming pool. A wide screened porch overlooks half an acre of woods whose trees have been providing shade and beauty for generations.

$700,000. Contact Ingrid Hess of Sotheby's International Realty, (203) 655-6015 or ingrid@ingridhess.com.

June 2015: 124 Chestnut Hill Road

Approaching its circular driveway and split-rail fence in the historic section of Cranbury, this 1921 Craftsman style home provides a cozy warmth and a feeling of history, from its front porch, now enclosed, to its exposed stone foundation and natural cedar shingles.

The property, once owned by the prominent Gregory family, has in past times served as a nursery with greenhouses. It is now proudly owned by the Newton family who have meticulously maintained its integrity, from the handcrafted dark wood detailing to the glass doorknobs. In recent years the second floor became a large master bedroom suite, while the kitchen was enlarged and fitted with cherry cabinets. The front porch is now a 4-season living area and there is a long list of improvements. All mechanicals have been recently updated as well. The home features 1966 square feet of living space, with eight rooms, including three bedrooms, a study, and a formal dining room.

The beautiful, level, one-acre grounds contain several outbuildings, including an old horse stable which also housed the Newton-family horse, a carriage barn, and a garage.

$520,000. SOLD! Contact Venke Vey of Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties at (203) 984-6610 or venkevey@bhhsne.com.

November 2014: The Arthur B. Hill House, 9 Morgan Avenue

The Arthur B. Hill House was built around 1896 at 9 Morgan Avenue, where art and architecture meet in peaceful balance. Morgan Avenue, named in honor of Elizabeth Lockwood Morgan, Fredrick St. John Lockwood's late sister, remains a showcase of period architecture whose styles are a mix of Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, American Foursquare and Prairie Style. Today's residents of the original thirty-six lots of the 1886 subdivision owe its development to the families of Lockwood and St. John, two of Norwalk's most prominent and earliest settler families of the time.

When entering from Morgan Avenue visitors are greeted with a wide, covered front porch suitable for a comfortable rocker on a warm Summer day. The house features three floors that include a sun-splashed circular waiting room with wood burning fireplace, carved oak pocket doors, large stained glass windows, arched doorways, 9-foot ceilings, oak paneled conference rooms, butler’s pantry with built-ins, and finely milled, flowing curved staircases.

The property has been used commercially since 1969. The lot is B-zoned which allows the owner options of either residential or commercial use of the 3,636 square feet of finished area. Its location within walking distance of the Norwalk Green, Wall Street, and City Hall areas lends itself to either choice.

$640,000. Contact William Karchere of Platinum Property Realty at (203) 858-2241 or wm.karchere@pprealty.biz.

September 2014: One East Avenue

This fine Dutch Colonial was built in 1922 and sits prominently at the top of a grassy hill. It is the introduction to historic East Avenue which travels a route that ends at Norwalk Harbor. The covered porch at the front of the house is framed by colonnades while the back of the house features attractive formal gardens. This spacious home — while updated for modern living — contains many rich, handcrafted period features. Picture mouldings are found throughtout the first floor. There are double-hung windows in the living room, with a prominent fireplace that features a rich decorative motif surrounded by bookcases. A separate foyer opens into a dramatic and handsome quarter double landing staircase which sits across from a built-in pier mirror. A formal dining room with china cabinets, high ceilings throughout, and original maple floors set the tone for the warm and welcoming first floor.

The home has 2,650 square feet of living space, with four spacious bedrooms, two full and one half baths, and a basement and attic, which provide ample storage as well as garage space, this home is a lovely, elegant and unique example of the period.

$450,000. SOLD! Contact Michael Pavlicin of Coldwell Banker at (203) 858-1827 or michael.pavlicin@cbmoves.com.

August 2014: The John Fodor House, 322 Flax Hill Road

The John Fodor House from 1900 was one of three farmhouses built on the Fodor farm property. Fodor Farm was the last working farm left in Norwalk at a time when farming was being overtaken by small industry and residential housing. This original Dutch Colonial farmhouse has been saved and painstakingly restored from the studs up and then beautifully updated for modern living. It has preserved the hand hewn beams, original antique oak and heart pine flooring, exposed rafters, high ceilings, and many of the fine details of a time gone by. Located on the historic original "King's Road" in a residential area, it is still very accessible to all amenities.

The house has 2,806 square feet of living space in 11 rooms, with four bedrooms, three full baths, many large windows, two sets of French doors, and a ready to finish basement. The property affords ample room for a two-car garage and is contiguous with the Fodor Farm Community Garden and open space, a site listed on the State Register of Historic Places, and offers rare peaceful and tree-filled landscape views.

$568,000. SOLD! Contact Thana Van Rooyen of Coldwell Banker at (203) 682-0888 or thana.vanrooyen@cbmoves.com.

July 2014: The Mary Austin House, 238 Sivermine Avenue

Nestled into the winding roads of Silvermine is the unique and historic Mary Austin House, dating to around 1835. This house retains all of the magic and charm of a true antique that has been lovingly and accurately restored to its documented roots. At the same time, it has been renovated to include every modern convenience of a new home.

The recipient of a plaque from the Norwalk Historical Society, this spacious home is perfect for a large family or weekend get-away, with wide plank flooring throughout, four fireplaces (three are original to the house), five bedrooms, a magnificent great room, and a cook's kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. Both indoors and outdoors, with deck and bountiful gardens, offer gracious and landscaped spaces for elegant dining and entertaining all year long.

Located in the historical Silvermine District and art community, in the company of many other storied homes, it offers both quiet rural living as well as conveniences to all transportation, shopping, beaches, and restuarants. Living in this house will transport you back to a time in history when elegance and adventure were everyday standards.

$799,900. SOLD! Contact Joan Allocca of Halstead Property at (203) 858-1700 or jcallocca@sbcglobal.net.