The Darien office of Halstead Property includes waterfront specialists as part of its agent specialties.
In Darien, there are many waterfront homes, however, an existing dock is particularly sought after as it adds value and the application process to add a dock can take up to six years to complete.
"A dock can add a million dollars to the value of a property," waterfront specialist Nancy Dauk, a realtor at Halstead's Darien office, said. "This is particularly true if the property is on open water, rather than a cove or marsh, as you are not dependent on tidal access to deep water. Building a new dock can be slow going and may require hiring a professional who specializes in acquiring dock permits. It can take a long time due to the need to investigate any possible adverse environmental impact."
Halstead currently has three homes on the market with existing docks. One Candlewood Lane, with a dock on direct waterfront overlooking Scott's Cove, is listed for $3.495 million with Nancy Dauk. This 1.36 acre property features a pool and deck and is located in Salem Straits with an association beach. The home has three bedrooms, five bathrooms and an elevator. Visit www.halstead.com/sale/ct/darien/1-candlewood-ln/house/98520502 .
A home at 69 Five Mile River Road is sited along the stretch of Five Mile River that looks over to Rowayton, with a dock right on the river. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home on nearly half an acre features a pool and perennial gardens as well as water views from most rooms. The home is listed for $3.745 million with Melinda Beardsley. Visit www.halstead.com/sale/ct/darien/69-five-mile-river-rd/house/98533923 .
A house at 27 Contentment Island Road features an L-shaped dock on the Long Island Sound. It also has a full-service boat house, complete with electricity.
Listed for $26 million with Pam Spellane, the estate features the 2005 HOBI award-winning custom house in addition to a 1,500-square-foot guest house, office/gym, original barn and pool. The five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home has unique touches and materials throughout its 8,500 square feet.