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Hot Property Exquisite Tudor is rich in appointments and history

April 1, 2019

An ambience of elegance and grandeur emanates throughout this vintage Tudor originally constructed in 1919 by Isaac Schine, and later renovated in 1999. This remarkable residence is set in Bridgeport’s Brooklawn neighborhood on the Bridgeport/Fairfield town line near the Brooklawn Country Club.

The home possesses a wealth of Bridgeport history, as it was built by one of the founders of the Junior College of Connecticut, which would eventually become the University of Bridgeport. It was also once the office of Dr. Blank, Bridgeport’s first female gynecologist.

A grand home for entertaining, the 13-room residence is adorned with rare and refined features such as Moroccan-inspired archways, mahogany paneling, crown molding, custom shelving, wainscoting, recessed wood panel and glass panel doors, antique brass hardware and incredible wood trim detail throughout. There is even a four-zone Bose Surround Sound System. Over the years, the owners hosted many galas and fundraisers for community organizations as well as political figures including mayors, Governor, congressmen and local legislative and municipal officials.

“The owners were drawn to the home by the traditional Tudor look of the exterior, combined with the interior details and the scale of the rooms,” says listing agent Erika Portanova Songer.

“We were attracted by the solid feel of the wood and the large and gracious rooms that possess a human scale,” add the owners. “It’s a grand and happy home.”

The entry foyer showcases incredible detail with Moroccan-style archways, a custom-built oak stairwell with a hidden coat closet and chandelier that is the exact replica of the first chandelier to be powered by electricity.

The elegant formal living room offers extensive paneling, built-in glass shelving, beamed ceiling and a wood burning fireplace with a limestone surround and wooden mantle. This room runs from front to back, creating one large entertaining area or two intimate entertaining areas. Equally as impressive, the formal dining room boasts the original custom-carved built-in china cabinets, chair rail, crown moldings, double-paned windows and a hidden safe. An inviting pub room features a cherry wet bar highlighted by a marble countertop.

The kitchen features custom built-ins, granite countertops, wood cabinetry, walk-in pantry and stainless steel 6-burner gas range, double oven, dishwasher and refrigerator. The built-in banquette is perfect for everyday dining.

A dual office area with mahogany paneling, custom built-ins and original tile flooring was formerly the office of Dr. Blank.

On the second floor, enjoy leisure and relaxation among a library and a media room. The gracious master bedroom suite boasts custom built-ins, a window seat and two bathrooms, one with a separate steam shower. A spiral staircase leads to the dressing room with custom shelving, clothing racks throughout plus a French Door to a walk-in closet, all professionally designed by California Closets.

There two more well-appointed bedrooms on the second level, while the fourth bedroom with walk-in cedar closet and full bath in the hallway is located on the third floor.

During the warmer months, a patio located off the kitchen offers a wonderful opportunity for outdoor entertaining. The neighborhood is quiet yet easily accessible to restaurants, shops and gym as well as to downtown Bridgeport, I-95, the Merritt parkway and Fairfield train stations.

Listing agent: Erika Portanova Songer, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, (203) 258-1831, esonger@williampitt.com