Tucked away in the secluded Tokeneke neighborhood on the Darien shore, the perfectly aged classic five-bedroom Colonial at 7 Cross Road is set on some of the most beautiful real estate the Gold Coast has to offer.
The home was built in 1907 by a group of wealthy New Yorkers who formed the Tokeneke Corp., which established the long-lasting guidelines for the seaside community's development.
With its coves, lagoons and inlets to Long Island Sound, the Tokeneke Corporation wanted to preserve the 550 acres of salt marshes and bays and, for this reason, homes in Tokeneke rarely come on the market and rarely last long when they do.
"When things were built like this, they were built for graciousness with incredible craftsmanship," said Becky Munro, a Halstead Property real estate agent.
Entering into the historic Colonial, there is a formal staircase leading up to the second floor. The floors, made of heart of pine, contain virtually no knots, creating a rich and beautiful and also durable hardwood that has lasted a century.
To the right of the stairs is a large formal living room with crown molding, paneling, 6-foot-wide windows and the home's first fireplace.
To the left is a large formal dining room finished with original brass wall sconces and another fireplace.
Off the dining room is a butler's pantry connecting to the kitchen that was added onto the house in a series of renovations.
The kitchen features hunter green granite countertops and a 42-inch beige Kitchen Aid refrigerator that blends seamlessly into the custom cabinetry. Appliances include a Miele wall oven, Jenn-Air gas range and an under-mount stainless steel sink.
A connecting mudroom to the kitchen provides a functional second entryway to the home.
Also off the kitchen is a sunken family room with a bay window with a cozy window seat, built-in bookshelves and French doors leading out to a stone patio.
The backyard, filled with rhododendrons and a number of flowering trees, has the feel of an English garden made private by a stone wall.
A large porch wraps around the right side of the home lined with beautiful columns, a swing and turquoise painted ceilings.
Upstairs, there are five bedrooms with varying water views.
At the top of the stairs the landing provides a sitting room that can be used as a reading nook or office area as well as traditional linen closet with plenty of storage.
Three out of the five bedrooms include working fireplaces.
Unlike many older homes that often can lack storage, there is plenty of closet and storage space allowing a historic property to meet modern-day needs.
The sun-drenched sunk-in master suite provides beautiful water views of the lagoon. The en suite includes a marble-top sink, step-in shower and black vintage Jacuzzi tub.
The third floor has three additional rooms for a playroom or storage space that are not included in the room count.
"They took the elegance and graciousness of yesteryear and gave all of the rooms the proper size and modern conveniences that make it a joy in living in a really unique home," Munro said.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Becky Munro of Halstead Property at 203-656-6511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.