Hot property French-inspired villa offers exquisite architectural details
The second you turn down the ivory pebbled drive of Darien’s 174 Long Neck Point Road and enter the large courtyard of this graceful French-inspired villa, you are aware you’ve arrived at a very special place.
This custom four-bedroom, four-and-two-half bath residence designed by Dinyar Wadia in 1992 is beautifully sited on 1.01 level acres on a private parcel along Long Neck Point peninsula. The peninsula reaches out into Long Island Sound, and according to listing agent Nancy Dauk of Halstead Connecticut, is recognized as one of the most coveted spots in all of Darien.
“Originally settled as a summer colony by families from New York City in the late 1800’s, by the 1930’s, it had become a destination for Manhattanites seeking a retreat for year-round living,” Dauk said.
Today, she said, this prestigious area is home to some of the most significant residences to be found along the Connecticut coastline.
The home’s interior boasts exceptional detailing including architecturally designed domed archways throughout the first-floor hallways with magnificently proportioned interior columns soaring to 12-foot ceilings. The entrance hall soars 24 feet high with a marble floor graced with an exceptional inlaid compass design and a circular stairway with finely detailed bronze and brass balusters.
Upon leaving the foyer, Dauk said, you pass beneath the series of sculpted archways leading to the living room, dining room and kitchen.
“Sunlight pours through the custom Tischler French casement windows used throughout, enabling the residence to remain bright even on the greyest of days,” Dauk stressed.
The heart of the home is the kitchen, once featured as the “Kitchen of the Month” in House Beautiful magazine. Of special note is the huge island with an inlaid wood counter and intricately carved roping around the entire perimeter. Ideal for entertaining on a grand scale or simply day-to-day living, the open concept of this area allows your guests to stay warm seated next to the incredible limestone fireplace with hand-carved European moldings anchoring both the cooking areas, island, cabinets and casual guest seating.
An additional gathering spot is the family room adjacent to the kitchen with a half bath, perfect as an additional entertaining area. A full bath is also nearby. The spacious sun-filled living room, formal dining room and spectacular kitchen all feature walls of windows with tall French casement doors leading to the expansive limestone terrace overlooking the formal gardens with walkways, boxwoods and old hedges creating privacy and surrounding a gorgeous pool.
Views of the harbor and beyond are available from the second floor with four bedrooms, one with its own private balcony, including the master with dressing room and luxurious marble master bath plus two additional full baths. The home is classically balanced and thoughtfully proportioned with mature landscaping on manicured grounds.
Listing agent: Nancy Dauk,
Halstead Connecticut, (203) 858-1146, NDauk@halstead.com.