At the quiet end of Glen Gorham Lane in Darien is a Modernist's modern house -- an enormous, distinct box design with a cement facade and an angled look resembling a mansion one might find in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The 9 Glen Gorham Lane home's three-bay attached garage has the retro look of mid-century Moderns, though this house was built in 1990.
To its right are wide slate steps leading up to a beautiful porch. It has a slate floor, and pillar holding up a half-roof, half-porte cochere. While it has enough room for a good-sized dance party, there's also a lovely view of Gorham's Pond, about 50 yards away at the bottom of a tree-speckled slope.
To the left, 15-foot-high windows and glass doors encase the jutting extension of the living room, which, with one look, makes a visitor anxious to see the inside.
Once inside, the design brings a great breadth of space. Terra-cotta tile floors and bright white walls are the decor for the grand room. The living room area is wide open. A staircase ascends to the left, and because of the open design, a second-floor balcony here seems higher than usual.
The view out of the living room, as expected, is easily equal to the best in Darien. As the living room moves into the open kitchen, the porch extends to a wide, wooden nautical-style balcony that follows the east side of the house.
Other nautical touches include large black-and-white globe lights throughout the kitchen, which are hoisted up by boat lines and tied off to ship's cleats that are set in the wall.
The kitchen is also designed with a subtle touch of a galley, including a decorative rail surrounding much of the work area. The sheer height of one narrow passageway and several sets of built-in cabinets require a stepping stool to reach.
There's one bedroom off the short hall that follows the porch north. Then, when the other side is reached, there is a room that may have been the set of a James Bond movie. The room has a ceiling 30 feet high, with rows of small windows right up to the top of two walls. The two other walls feature 15-foot-high windows and sliding doors, and a wide wooden staircase -- which matches the wood floors -- climbs from the center of the room and reaches a wide balcony-loft that joins the second floor.
There's fluorescent lighting on the balcony, where the two sets of high windows mix with more high ceilings to bring gobs of light. Once again, the view over the pond, with southern exposure, is spectacular.
A single door leads into a master bedroom, with two separate bathrooms and ample closet space. Off the short hall back to the main staircase is another small bedroom and bathroom.
The balcony, which is supported by a simple, smooth cement railing, leads to another large bedroom that enjoys that priceless southern exposure.
The basement area is semi-finished and storage friendly. A small slate patio is on the other side of sliding doors from the basement.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Nancy Rawls Daukat of Halstead Property at 203-858-1146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.