William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Historic Queen Anne Victorian Home with Ties to the Local Steel Industry

Former home of skilled mechanic and Connecticut steel manufacturer Joel Farist for sale

Fairfield, Conn. – July 31, 2015 – William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that the firm has listed the former Fairfield, Conn. home of renowned local steel manufacturer and president of the Farist Steel Company Joel Farist. The Queen Ann Victorian-style residence is represented by Southport agent Kate Cacciatore, and offered at $899,999.

Joel Farist left an important mark on Connecticut’s local steel industry during the late 19th century. His connection to business development in the state began in 1860, when he began manufacturing cast steel with his previous Farist Steel Company firm. Noted for his mechanical skill, Farist was utilized during the Civil War for his ability to manufacture gun barrel and bayonet steel for the United States government. In 1872, his budding business relocated to Bridgeport, Conn., where he established an extensive plant that would eventually operate once again as the Farist Company. The business quickly became one of the leading firms in the industry, manufacturing all types of steel, from hammered and rolled to spiral and elliptical car springs for steam and street cars. Honored for his straightforward business policy and work towards betterment and rights for the labor world, Farist was respected by all in both his trade and the local community.

“The Joel Farist House,” built in 1894, is one of Fairfield’s most treasured historic homes. The Queen Anne Victorian, which boasts six bedrooms and four baths throughout its 5,152 square feet of living space, features details from its antique past and various updated amenities of today. Extensive renovations have been made by the residence’s current owners including a fully refurbished kitchen complete with top-notch appliances. Maintained period details can be seen throughout the home’s well-proportioned rooms including extensive millwork, marble and tiled mantles, stained glass windows and its 1,900 square-foot wraparound porch, complete with a porte-cochère covered entrance, to name a few. Additional features include a mud room, second floor laundry room and third floor in-law suite.

“Conveniently located within walking distance to schools, stores, restaurants and more, this home is a rare offering,” said Cacciatore. “With its Victorian style and preserved historic charm as well as its wonderfully livable atmosphere by today’s standards, the beautiful Fairfield property is undoubtedly one of a kind, and not to be missed.”

For more information on the property, located at 220 Farist Road, please visit the firm’s website here.

About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $3.3-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 26 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally and the 28th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes approximately 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices throughout 61 countries and territories.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Kate Cacciatore

Real Estate Agent



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