FAIRFIELD — More often than not residential architectural awards are given to houses. At 501 Mine Hill Road in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood the white colonial house is quite impressive but it is the barn on the property that received an American Institute of Architects Award.

The large weathered wood barn was built in 2013 by noted local architect Jack Franzen and it garnered the design award from the AIA Connecticut chapter in 2014. It was designed to be used as a future pool house. Although the property does not currently have a swimming pool there is plenty of room for a pool on the 2.39-acre level corner lot. Until then the barn can be used for any number of purposes. It has three vehicle bays on the ground level and the second floor living space can be used as an office, art studio or in-law apartment. The barn has large barn doors that open to the rear yard.

The 5,811-square-foot main house was originally built in 1929. It was meticulously renovated and updated in 2010, perfectly blending the elegance of the 1920s with today’s lifestyle needs. It also blends 1920s architectural and design elements with modern design trends. Some walls are covered in wallpaper; a nod to the past although these are high end papers and in modern patterns. The walls of the formal living room, ceiling in the formal dining room and bookshelves and woodwork of the office are lacquered.

The entrance to this property is through its two driveways on Hubbell Lane. The first one comprises crushed stone and leads to a large forecourt in front of the house, which comes in handy when entertaining. The other, a paved driveway lined in Belgium block, accesses the barn.

The visual appeal of this house starts with its whitewashed brick and board and batten front façade. A glass vestibule with slate flooring leads to the front door. The foyer accesses the living and dining rooms and leads to a hall with a barrel-shaped ceiling. The spacious living room has a marble fireplace and two sets of French doors to the covered porch with columns and bluestone flooring, and to the backyard. One wall has a long built-in window seat with storage drawers below. The dining room has French doors to the covered porch.

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Between the dining room and the sizable gourmet kitchen there is a large butler’s pantry with a sink, marble counter, glass-front cabinetry, a beverage refrigerator, and a tall wine refrigerator. The kitchen features a long center island with a two-inch thick marble counter and stainless farm sink, stainless counters, marble backsplash, and a pot-filler above the Wolf four-burner range with griddle. There is a large eat-in area and a built-in desk area with shelving and drawers.

Open to the kitchen is the family room, which has a fireplace and a wall of built-ins. The mudroom has a slate floor, built-in bench, a half bath, a shower, access to the one-car garage, and the rear set of stairs to the second floor. The office has three walls of built-in bookshelves.

On the second floor there are five bedrooms and a large landing that can accommodate a homework station. The master bedroom suite has two sets of French doors to a private wood deck/balcony, two closets with antiqued mirrored doors, and a marble bath that has two sections with a glass shower between the two. Each section has a commode and sink. There is also a sizable walk-in closet with organizers. Two other bedrooms are en suite.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 501 Mine Hill Road

PRICE: $2,495,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

FEATURES: barn/three-car garage plus attached one-car garage, 2.39-acre level property, corner lot, two driveways, covered porch, balcony, audio system, terrace, front and rear staircases, wood shingle roof, exterior lighting, underground sprinkler system, one fireplace, attic, unfinished basement, pool site, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $1,060,290

TAX RATE: 25.82 mills

TAXES: $27,377

In the private backyard there is beautiful landscaping, terraces for entertaining, and an expansive lawn for playing.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Andrew S. Whiteley of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-258-1595 or andreww@afahomes.com.