For most, when it comes to home buying, it's all about location. This six-bedroom Beach Drive Colonial -- with its own private association, launch access to Holly Pond and the best elementary school in the city -- offers one of the most desirable locales in all of Darien.

Just a walk from town beaches and served by the Blue Ribbon-awarded Hindley Elementary School, it is a coveted spot for raising a family.

"When you move on this street, you have a social life the first day," Halstead Property realtor Lynne Somerville said. "There are about 100 kids ranging from preschool to high school and, in the mornings, you will see about 30 kids heading to the bus stop."

As part of the Noroton Manor Association, Beach Drive residents are awarded access to two tennis courts with both men's and women's leagues as well as kid's lessons.

At the end of the drive, association members have access to a private launch into Holly Pond for kayaks and paddleboards.

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Built in the mid-1920s, the white clapboard-sided Colonial offers 3,700 square feet of living spaces including six bedrooms and three full baths. Previous owners made sure to preserve much of the original 1924 charm throughout much of the first floor living spaces.

From the original built-ins in the formal living room to the charming sunroom, the first floor features quality craftsmanship and plenty of well preserved detail.

A formal living room, featuring robin's egg blue accents, is centered around an oversized wood-burning fireplace with a detailed mantel with dentil molding. The living room features three sets of original built-ins and French doors leading to a sunroom that offers a cozy entertaining space.

A step-down wood-paneled library features two walls of built-ins as well as a bar area that it just off the formal dining room.

Renovated in 2005, the kitchen and family room offer all of the desirable amenities for 21st century living with an easy open floor plan. The classic black and white eat-in kitchen features honed black granite counters, a subway tile backsplash and clean white cabinetry with polished nickel hardware. Appliances include a four-burner and griddle Viking range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a granite farmhouse sink.A large center island provides plenty of prep space with industrial-inspired brushed nickel pendant lights. A built-in workstation offers a convenient spot for homework or checking The kitchen opens into a spacious family room wrapped in shiplap paneling with a vaulted ceiling, wood burning fireplace and built-in media center.

The family room features French doors leading to an outdoor terrace.

The second floor of the home features four guest bedrooms including a light filled master suite with a Carrara marble master bath, while a third floor includes two additional guest bedrooms as well as an office space and full bathroom.

For more information, contact Lynne Fergus Somerville of Halstead Property at 203-984-9040 or email her at lsomerville@halstead.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 9 Beach Drive Darien

PRICE: $2,185,000

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 3,723

ACREAGE: 0.44

YEAR BUILT: 1924

YEAR RENNOVATED: 2005

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12

BEDROOMS: 6

FULL BATH: 3

HALF BATH: 1

NOTABLE FEATURES: Noroton Manor Association, private launch, tennis court access, Holly Pond, six bedrooms, three full baths, one half bath, two car attached garage, sun room, patio,

SCHOOLS: Hindley Elementary School, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,098,720

TAX RATE: 15.01

TAXES: $16,492