Real estate: Just a few steps from history to the downtown
Published 12:00 am, Friday, August 14, 2015
A lovely Victorian that’s just a stroll from the quaint downtown Darien shopping district offers three floors of charming, sun-filled living spaces.
Situated on the beloved tree-lined Prospect Street, the historic property meets modern conveniences with its close proximity to the train, parks and area schools.
Built in 1857, the home features many of the original architectural details, including a stairway on the third floor leading to a stained glass window-lined tower and etched glass pocket doors in the family room.
The front of the property is lined with manicured boxwoods, creating a formal approach to the home.
A covered front porch offers a lovely space for sitting with a quintessential porch swing with tall black shutters and a double etched glass entry door.
The first floor of the home features antique hardwood floors, charming sitting alcoves and plenty of built-ins.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 5 Prospect Ave.
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 3,374
YEAR BUILT: 1857
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FULL BATH: 2
HALF BATH: 1
NOTABLE FEATURES: Brick terrace, covered front porch, double-entry doors, first-floor laundry, four bedrooms, two full baths, one half bath
SCHOOLS: Royle Elementary School, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
TAX RATE: 15.35
A cozy study just off the foyer offers plenty of space for displaying books and collections in its many built-in bookcases.
A formal living room is open to the dining room with a bump-out built-in window bench.
Warmed by an original wood-burning fireplace, the family room features a built-in etched corner hutch, a powder room and sliding doors leading to a sunken brick terrace.
The sun-filled kitchen features nearly an entire wall of windows with two skylights.
The kitchen features butcher block counters, a Subzero refrigerator, dual Thermador ovens and a five-burner Thermador cooktop.
Just off the kitchen is a cozy breakfast room with an additional wood-burning fireplace.
The second floor of the home features four charming bedrooms with original built-in dressers and Victorian-inspired wallpaper.
A sunny master includes two sets of built-in dressers, a small alcove that would would easily accommodate a small writing desk and access to one of two shared full baths.
A fully carpeted third floor offers a large multi-functional space that could lend itself as a playroom or media room with an additional space that could be used as an office.