hot property One-of-a-kind custom colonial on 1.39 acres in Darien

September 24, 2018

Tucked away and surrounded by woods at the end of a cul-de-sac in Delafield Island is a one-of-a-kind Arts and Crafts colonial completely rebuilt in the 1990s by renowned regional architect George Van Geldern.

Built on 1.39 acres in 1962 and renovated three decades later, the best thing about this stylish light gray home in the heart of Darien is the kitchen/family room, said listing agent Sue Okie of Halstead Connecticut.

“It’s the nucleus of the house,” she said. “It’s bright and sunny and has a fireplace. It’s the go-to space in the house.”

The home has a ground or lower level, a main level and a second level and is 6,531 square feet.

The lower level has a big playroom with a big screen television that has outdoor access to both the east and west sides of the house. This level also features a studio in-law apartment with a kitchenette and outside access. There is also a sauna and two bedrooms, both en-suite. The laundry room/mudroom close out the lower level.

The main level opens into a foyer with 10-foot high ceilings. Up some stairs and to the left is the living room, which has a beamed ceiling, a raised wood-burning fireplace and a balcony on the west and a deck on the right. There is lots of light and French doors that lead to both the balcony and deck, Okie said.

The formal dining room, like the living room, has a raised wood-burning fireplace. The dining room also continues with the same beamed ceiling as in the living room.

Then, there is the stand-out kitchen with butcher block counters and a bay eating area that can seat between six and eight people. The kitchen boasts a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a gas five-burner cooktop. The appliances are custom built in.

“It’s a southern exposure kitchen. It’s very light and bright,” Okie said. In addition, she said, the bay eating area overlooks the flat play yard to the south. There is also a nearby pantry and built-in desk.

The second level features the master suite and two en-suite bedrooms. The master has a cathedral ceiling with a skylight and a balcony overlooking the yard. The master also has a dressing room, a sitting room with a propane fireplace and an office. Meanwhile, Okie said, the master bath has a custom mural highlighting the Caribbean.

“The bath is very light and bright and has a whirlpool tub, separate shower and two sinks,” Okie said.

The house, Okie said, also has a three-car garage with a large unfinished space above the garage, which is great for storage. The property also includes a fish pond with a fountain and a lovely terrace with a ThermoSpa, which is twice the size of a hot-tub with a lap pool feature.

The home, one of about 100 within the private association of Delafield Island, is professionally landscaped. It’s walking distance to downtown Darien and its restaurants, shops, train and movie.

Listing agent: Sue Okie, Halstead Connecticut, (203) 856-9719, sokie@


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