Real estate: 19th century bones with 21st century features
Published 5:14 pm, Monday, July 13, 2015
A charming post-and beam Colonial built in the mid-1800s offers a glimpse of 19th century New England construction with modern-day conveniences.
Preservation-minded homeowners have carefully restored and renovated their historic Darien property while seamlessly renovating and adding countless updates to make this a turn-key home loaded with character.
Outside, the original clapboard siding was replaced with a rough-cut cedar and painted in a countryside-red hue accented with classic black shutters.
Inside, the majority of the first-floor living spaces are circa 1850, with original wide plank yellow knotty pine floors, brass strike plates on the dining room windows and a beautiful walnut railing on the original stairway.
With an original wood burning fireplace, the charming kitchen has been tastefully updated with granite counters, a Villeroy & Boch corner sink and leaded glass cabinetry for displaying serve and stemware.
New appliances include a Subzero refrigerator and two additional refrigerator drawers, an under-counter freezer, and a Fisher Paykel two-drawer dishwasher.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 49 Goodwives River Road
PRICE: $ 1,650,000
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,464
YEAR BUILT: 1856
YEAR RENOVATED: 2014
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FULL BATH: 2
HALF BATH: 1
NOTABLE FEATURES: Sun porch, three fireplaces, private master balcony, Gorham’s Pond, two-car attached garage
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
TAX RATE: 15.01
The kitchen opens to a family room that was added seamlessly in 2014 to match the original home. It features a wood burning fireplace with a 17th- and 18th-century Delft tile surround and a deep storage closet with a reclaimed mirrored door from an 1860s home in Indiana.
Sliding doors off the family room access an enclosed sun porch with tranquil views of the wooded Gorham Pond.
The second floor, with matching wide-plank oak flooring, opens to a landing with a child’s size bookcase offering a cozy spot for reading and play.
Preserving a part of the home’s history, previous owners carefully framed a unique window looking into the original construction of the home with its handmade pegs, nails and numbered hand-cut beams.
The master bedroom features a wall of built-in bookcases, a gas fireplace with an antique mahogany mantle and sliding doors accessing a private balcony.
Just off the bedroom is a sitting area that could be used as an office or nursery with a walk-in California closet large enough to accommodate a dresser and chest.
The master en suite features his and hers marble-topped vanities, a Victoria & Albert claw foot tub and frameless glass step-in shower.
The second floor features three guest bedrooms, two of which were original to the home, that share an updated hall bath with a marble basket weave floor, interior stained glass window and antique pedestal sink.