The house 10 Glen Gorham Lane in Darien is situated on a special, quiet road near Gorham's Pond. The 1995 Colonial takes advantage of its prime location and sits on the hilltop property with a dominating view and lots of privacy.
The driveway has a long uphill sweep, leading to a facade that is a pleasant counter to the colossal super-sizing of most modern architecture. It's brick and wood with Ionic columns holding up the entrance atop wide slate stairs.
The yard -- a beautiful sweep of a grass-covered hill -- is part of a generous 3.4-acre parcel.
The floors inside are dark oak. Straight ahead from the entrance is a sideways view of uniquely cut stairs, with a filigreed metal bannister.
Immediately to the right is a sunken living room with two ornate sconces blending with a crystal chandelier. The fireplace has a curved mantel. French doors at the back open onto a large brick patio.
Out back is a fenced-in, in-ground pool and hot tub, along with several small sections of usable lawn. Woods surrounds the property, which descends to the south and east.
Inside, a short, wide hall leads out of the living room, with a bathroom off of it. A wet bar is also nearby, with a wine cabinet, fridge and sink. Then, through another set of French doors is an octagonal office room with a fireplace, surrounded by windows.
Left of the entrance is a Victorian-style dining room with two long, low sash windows, wide molding, and a classic wallpaper design that perfectly matches the crystal fountain-like chandelier.
A swinging door leads to the combined kitchen and family area, which prides a large corner fireplace with a ceiling-high stone mantel.
The kitchen has a large island with matching polish granite counters throughout. There is also a Viking six-burner gas stove, with a built-in grill. Wood cabinets are quaint and work well with the oak floor.
Off the kitchen is a short hall with a laundry area featuring a sink and a door into the attached three-car garage.
The quasi-finished basement is an ideal storage and mixed-use room. Even the staircase contains great storage options.
A second set of stairs in the back -- off a small side entrance from the driveway features a covered mud area -- climbs with a turn to the upstairs hall. To the left, over the garage is a large, usable attic-type space. Up the hall, the bathroom on the right offers an adjoining door to one large, bright bedroom with molding and pine floors.
There's a bedroom opposite with a good view of the pool and its built-in Jacuzzi.
Another two bedrooms share a bath. The upstairs is mostly carpeted, with molding throughout.
The end of this hall leads to the top of the main stairs, where a balcony and sitting area repeat the grand front view.
Further on a door leads to the master suite -- complete with faux-candle sconces and a fireplace.
A short hall leads to a large built-in closet and a king-sized octagonal bathroom with a spa tub at the center.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Nancy Rawls Dauk of Halstead Property at 203-858-1146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.