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On the market: Sunny condo

Published 10:01 am, Friday, March 21, 2014

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  • The Wee Burn condominiums, resembling a villa belonging in the Mediterranean, originally were developed by several Wee Burn Country Club members in November 1926 along with a new club and 18-hole golf course on Hollow Tree Ridge Road in Darien. A 1,054-square-foot second-floor unit is on the market for $749,000. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    The Wee Burn condominiums, resembling a villa belonging in the Mediterranean, originally were developed by several Wee Burn Country Club members in November 1926 along with a new club and 18-hole golf course on Hollow Tree Ridge Road in Darien. A 1,054-square-foot second-floor unit is on the market for $749,000. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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About this house
ADDRESS: 446 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Unit 3, Darien
PRICE: $749,000
STYLE: Condominium
YEAR BUILT: 1926
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,054
ACRES: 1.8
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 4
BEDROOMS: 2
FULL BATHROOMS: 2
FEATURES: Fireplace, SubZero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Carrera marble counters, Viking range, high beamed ceilings, oversized windows, stone patio
SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $433,930
TAXES: $5,715
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For many, the Wee Burn condominiums have been a place of interest and fascination.

From the tiled roof to the stucco exterior, the condominium complex looks like a villa belonging in the Mediterranean.

And just as unique as the exterior is the complex's history.

Originally called "The Halter Ridge Condominiums," developed by several Wee Burn Country Club members, the units were completed in November 1926 along with a new club and 18-hole golf course on Hollow Tree Ridge Road.

During the 1960s and '70s, the condominium property, owned by Darien resident Marshall Austin, was primarily rented to local residents and Wee Burn club members who used them as their second homes.

In 1981, the complex was bought by John Orchuli, who merged two of the six units into a townhouse trimming the number to five and, later, combined another two reducing the number to four.

The property currently for sale is the 1,054-square-foot unit No. 3 at 446 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien, a sunny second-floor apartment.

It has undergone numerous renovations, including updated appliances, new electrical and plumbing and notable enhancements to the building's landscaping.

Entering into the living space, which features a raised-hearth fireplace, the quality of light is striking.

With floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings with exposed wood beams, the unit has light gushing in from all angles.

"The light, high ceilings and airiness of the condo, matched with the views and the privacy really makes this condo turn-key," Mary Lopiano, a real estate agent with Halstead Property, said.

To the left off the living room is a sleek modern kitchen featuring Carrera marble countertop and a matching subway tile back splash.

Appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, Viking electric range and a SubZero refrigerator.

With custom cabinetry, under-the cabinet lighting and stainless steel under mount sink, the kitchen offers a clean, monochromatic space that is just as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing.

To the left off the kitchen there is a full bath with a step-in shower and floor-to-ceiling window.

To the right is a guest bedroom including mirrored bi-fold doors that masque the washer and dryer as well as a walk-in closet with built-in shelving.

The sunlit master suite is off the living space and includes a full bath with a step-in tiled shower and a linen closet.

Outside, there is a stone patio for entertaining made private by a natural climbing hydrangea barrier set amid the 1.8-acre setting that backs up to the Wee Burn Country Club.

"When the leaves are on the trees and everything is in bloom it is like you are in your own little world out here," Lopiano said.

Central to town and easily accessible to both the Noroton Heights and Darien train stations, this prime unit is just as convenient as it is private.

A small basement storage area and two parking spaces are included with the unit.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Mary Lopiano of Halstead Property at 203-912-4694 or mlopiano@halstead.com.

Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.