At first impression, the house at 15 Tulip Tree Lane in Darien appears modern, but has a kind of sensible balance in the design that doesn't feel overwhelming.
The property is entered via a big driveway that leads to three bays of built-in garage. The exterior of the Georgian revival house has a slate walk leading around back to a raised patio that's big enough for a dance party.
Steps lead down to a usable section of lawn in the back, adjacent to a patch of woods. One touch in the back is a high balcony off the porch constructed around a large oak tree.
From here, an exterior walkway circles back around to a nice flat plot of grass on the south side of the house, where there is a landscaped garden as well.
Inside, the ceilings are moderately high, which is a pleasant difference in a modern place.
The archway design from the foyer is wide, a gradual use of the space as it leads into the open living room to the right, giving a relaxed feeling.
In fact, the whole house feels open. Ahead of the entryway the kitchen is inviting with an entire wall of windows, out to the back, which also comprises the central view from the workspace.
The floor is brown oak and, along with some small tasteful inlays here and there, blends perfectly with the cabinetry.
To the right, the living room is really part of three rooms, all of which enjoy strong light from the large window.
The back portion is a fantastic space through an 8-foot-wide archway.
Here, the interior of a tapered cupola reaches up over 20 feet in the ceiling.
There are windows on three walls and the room is a tasteful conglomeration of angled walls, built-ins and wainscoting.
The dining room is off the living room and circles back to the kitchen.
From there, the space moves south through another living room or family area with a fireplace, then further back is yet another great room -- or potential office -- with a fireplace and French doors out to the lawn.
The basement has a couple rooms worth of finished area, with ample space for work, play or gym equipment.
Again, heading upstairs the house does not feel large, even though there is more than 5,000 square feet of space.
Upstairs, the hall is wide and roomy. The wainscoting and wood floor continue.
Left is a master suite with an enormous walk-in closet, spa tub in the bathroom, and one skylight-like window from an extended gable, granting eastern light over the room.
The other three bedrooms upstairs are smaller, but ample, with two bathrooms split among them.
Climbing to the third floor is the elegance of an in-law suite featuring a bathroom, which makes great use of the gable window and space. The bedroom has a skylight and lots of storage.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Daria Kamford of Halstead Property at 203-554-0250 or email@example.com.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.