On the market: Special details
Published 10:25 am, Friday, May 23, 2014
Perfectly perched atop a knoll on an inlet of Scott's Cove, the home known as Villa Belvedere, or beautiful view, at 22 Searles Road in Darien offers just that and more.
One of the original homes built in the Tokeneke Association, the 1907 villa still maintains many original features, such as the leaded windows and beautiful hardwood floors, while tastefully updating to modern standards.
"It's a sophisticated home and at every turn there is a special detail," Halstead Property real estate agent Casey Lange said.
With porthole-inspired light fixtures, bronze hardware and interior windows in the second floor hall, the home is loaded with details and surprises.
A sweeping yard stretches out to the water's edge and is framed by a beautiful stone seawall with a private docking area perfect for a kayak or for fishing.
Through the covered terra-cotta veranda is the terrace and pool area, which features a trickling waterfall.
An added carriage house offers an additional 995 square feet of living space in a spectacular guest suite.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 22 Searles Road, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 1907
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,225
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FULL BATHROOMS: 5
HALF BATHS: 1
FEATURES: Carriage house, pool, terrace, private dock, balcony
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
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A rustic pergola provides a beautiful entryway to the cottage.
Inside, there is a kitchenette with a butcher block countertop and copper sink, a dining room with built-ins and paneling and a well-proportioned living room.
The bedroom includes a full bath with a step-in shower featuring seafoam-colored subway tiling.
Inside the villa, a formal living room features a ceiling with a rope detail and wood-burning fireplace original to the home.
A step-up sunroom offers three walls of water views of Scott's Cove and a perfect retreat for enjoying evening sunsets. The sunroom includes a gas fireplace framed by built-in shelving.
The formal dining room faces the pool area and offers access to an attached butler's pantry through a suede-upholstered swing door outfitted with canoe tacks and a porthole window.
The butler's pantry has a tin countertop and ample storage connecting to the gourmet eat-in kitchen.
The kitchen features a six-burner Viking range and oven and a Sub-Zero refrigerator as well as a large center island and an attached sitting room.
Steps up from the kitchen is a multi-functional room that would be ideal for a playroom or family room.
The home's formal staircase features a handmade wrought-iron railing and William Morris wallpaper and opens to a gracious landing with an original leaded glass window.
There are four bedrooms on the second level with three baths as well as a convenient second-floor laundry room.
A romantic master suite and sitting room offers spectacular water views through transom windows. A private balcony provides a place to enjoy morning coffee.
The master includes his-and-hers closets with a vanity and built-ins and a master bath loaded with unexpected details.
With a basket-weave tiled floor, handmade glass tiled bath in a seafoam green and a barreled ceiling tiled with the Cancer constellation, the bathroom is a work of art.
His-and-hers pedestal sinks sit atop polished nickel bases and a step-in shower is tiled with yet another shade of ocean blue.
The third level offers an additional guest suite with a bedroom, a reading nook and wainscoted master bath featuring a glass-tiled step-in shower with a window overlooking Long Island Sound.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Casey Lange of Halstead Property at 203-656-6568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.