A gift on St. Nicholas Road
Published 12:00 am, Friday, July 31, 2015
Bring your builder, architect and dream to this three-acre park-like estate on St. Nicholas Road in Darien.
Built in 1938, the Georgian Colonial offers 5,200 square feet of seemingly untouched living space with original casement-style windows, hardwood floors and hand-crafted moldings throughout.
On the exterior, the home is faced with a white-washed brick and classic clapboard siding with tall black shutters.
Ivy gently creeps up a front brick wall and the front steps have begun to wear with age.
But with the right buyer and designer the property offers endless opportunity for preserving or reimaging entirely — think Joanna and Chip Gaines from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”
“This is a home with a story in need of new owners to write the next chapter,” said David Hawes, a Realtor with Halstead Property.
Inside, the home has been largely left untouched. A heavy black front entry door with an original leaded glass transom window opens into a charming foyer with original dental crown molding and a wrought iron staircase.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
The home has good bones, made during a time when building a home was done slowly, and with great care.
An original formal living room, fairly spacious for a late 1930s build, features a wood-burning fireplace set against a floor-to-ceiling paneled mantle.
A curved bay window likely hosted a grand piano and original French doors lead to a stone terrace.
Steps down off the living room through interior French doors lead to a light-filled great room with two complete walls of floor-to-ceiling arched windows.
From the original built-ins to the window bench overlooking the backyard, the family room is loaded with charm and plenty of space for entertaining.
Just off the family room is a formal dining room with cove lighting, chair rail with a toile-style fishing village wallpaper is reminiscent of a long-ago era.
An original wood burning fireplace offers a warm ambiance for entertaining dinner parties.
An adjacent butler’s pantry features two walls of and glass cabinetry complete with the hooks for hanging coffee or tea cups.
Though modest in size, the kitchen features plenty of white cabinetry, a lovely arched window just over the sink and a cozy breakfast room with plenty of natural light.
The first floor also includes a wood paneled den with original built-ins, a fairly large laundry room and a paneled library with detailed crown molding and original built-in shelving.
The second floor includes two en suite guest bedrooms and two additional guest bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill Bath.
A spacious master features two deep walk-in closets, a wood-burning fireplace and a master en suite.
The property offers potential for an additional building lot on one of Darien’s well-loved cul-de-sacs.