19th century home rich in period details
Published 12:46 pm, Friday, June 12, 2015
Tucked on the private Davis Lane the charming “Stephen Raymond House” is one of the last remaining historical properties in Darien rich in both history and character.
Built around 1851, the home has been lovingly preserved throughout the last two centuries with minimal renovations by previous owners.
As one of the few Darien homes with much of its original fabric intact, from the plaster walls and ceilings to the beams and doors, the home is undoubtedly an important historical asset to the town for both its structure and location, just off Five Mile River Road.
Period details such as the date of 1806 carefully stamped into the front door latch, early wide plank floors and original staircase have been carefully preserved over the last 200 years.
A step-down living room was added in the 1920s as well as an additional second-floor bedroom.
First-floor beams and floor joists have also been replaced and the flooring was re-laid with a thin plywood sub-flooring, for safety and insulation purposes.
About this house
ADDRESS: 7 Davis Lane
PRICE: $ 1,685,000
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,177
YEAR BUILT: 1851
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FULL BATH: 3
HALF BATH: 0
NOTABLE FEATURES: Pergola, flagstone terrace, one flat acre of property, detached studio, two car-attached garage, pond, Five Mile River
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary School, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
TAX RATE: 15.01
The original entry door, complete with its 1806 hardware and a bulls-eye glass transom window overhead opens to a charming foyer with enough space for a vanity for a small dresser and a couple of lamps.
Just off the foyer is the 1920s living room addition with a wood burning fireplace flanked by two built-ins, four six-over-six windows with lovely wood cornices and French doors leading to a romantic terrace.
A wisteria-wrapped pergola shades the dream-like flagstone terrace that looks out over an acre of meadowlands.
The property’s South-facing position coupled its l-shaped orientation around the pond creates the feeling of a two-acre setting on a private country lane fringed with a split-rail fence.
And, in the middle of the property there is an adorable studio called a “folly in the field” by previous owners.
The studio would make a great playhouse, creative space for writers or artists or a garden shed.
Back inside, a formal dining room features classic crown molding and chair rail with an oversized 12 over 12 window and French door leading to the backyard.
A cozy library offers a quiet retreat with two sets of original built-in bookcases with brass library lamps.
Renovated in 2013, the kitchen features a timeless gray and white design with gray quartz counters, white cabinetry and brushed nickel hardware.
With soft gray-painted wood floors and a sunny breakfast corner with casement-style windows, the kitchen has a cottage vibe with a more streamlined look.
The second floor features three charming guest bedrooms with original hardwood floors and plenty of warm natural light.
Each of the three bathrooms were renovated in 2015 with hex-tile flooring, polished nickel hardware and walls sconces and subway tile.
The master bath features a frameless glass step-in shower and dual vanities with open shelving for storing baskets and towels.
A separate stairway off the kitchen leads to a fourth guest bedroom over the garage that could easily lend itself as a playroom, family room or office if needed.