On the Market: A short stroll from the beach or the shops
Updated 5:47 pm, Monday, January 16, 2017
DARIEN — The newly constructed gray colonial house at 76 Nearwater Lane was given 13 beautiful rooms within 7,760 square feet of living space on four finished floors by Darien-based Reilly Builders. It was given its beautiful surroundings by Mother Nature and, as the street name suggests, the house is near water.
As one person from Reilly Builders said “Darien’s Nearwater Lane will take you to any number of picture-perfect places on Long Island Sound: Weed Beach, Noroton Bay Beach, the Noroton Yacht Club, Brush Island and Pratt Island.” These spectacular nautical sights are within walking distance to this home, which was custom built in 2016.
A stroll or a short car ride in the opposite direction leads to the Post Road (Route 1) and its many shops, boutiques, and restaurants, as well as to the Metro North train station and the entrance to I-95. In other words, this casually elegant residence offers natural beauty, recreational amenities, convenience, and the latest in design and technology.
Remarkable attention was paid to every detail of this house, which is visually interesting from the moment one turns into the long driveway and enters the foyer. It is clearly a distinctive colonial house with transitional features outfitted for sophistication and a comfortable lifestyle, and its casual floor plan optimizes the space for day-to-day living and entertaining.
Many of the home’s thoughtful details are quite subtle and yet they add immeasurably to the space. The floors are covered in character five-inch white oak with a classic gray stain. There are rounded corners on the sheet-rocked walls reminiscent of plaster finish. There is custom millwork throughout including crown molding and baseboards. Soft, comforting colors were chosen for the tiles and paint to give the house a warm, inviting feeling.
Some of the details are more prominent. Almost every room, including bathrooms, have a feature wall to which an eye is immediately drawn. In the powder room off the foyer the feature wall has thin marble tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern that gives it a three dimensional affect. The feature walls in some rooms, and even the mudroom, are covered in reclaimed wood. In fact, the weathered boards on one wall of the mudroom are from a shed that was found on the property.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
In the breakfast nook, or informal eating area, there is a raised rectangular gas fireplace inserted into the feature wall of driftwood plank tiles and Schluter bands of metal between tiles. The walls in each room are different. In the formal dining room the three-quarter wainscoting resembles a board and batten style. Some are covered in shiplap paneling.
In the formal living room the ceiling is simple and coffered with shiplap paneling, there is a wood-burning stone fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves, and two sets of sliding doors lead to the mosaic stone patio in one area of the front lawn. In the dining room there is an adjoining butler’s pantry and wet bar with a wine refrigerator, built-in wine rack and cabinetry.
The great room is open to the gourmet kitchen and eat-in area and has sliders to the stone mosaic patio in the backyard. Kitchen features are extensive and include white stained maple cabinetry, a large center island with a prep sink, farm sink, Domasco quartzite counters, and high-end appliances - among them a 48-inch Wolf eight-burner range with electric oven and Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator. Another example of the level of detail is seen in the subway tile backsplash, which seems to have movement to it, perhaps replicating the waves of nearby Long Island Sound. Instead of a flat surface each tile is slightly curved.
While in many houses the staircases and hallways are considered secondary spaces, much thought was given to these elements as well. There are atrium-like windows that illuminate the stairwell with natural light and the floating staircase from the top to the bottom levels is quite dramatic. Some of the baths have floating vanities with lighting underneath.
On the second floor, there are five bedrooms, all en suite and all with radiant heated floors in the baths, a small office and a large laundry room. It has a utility sink and two counters on opposite walls. It is large enough that one wall and counter could serve as a crafting or gift-wrapping area. The spacious master suite features a 12-foot high vaulted tray ceiling with a coffered effect on the sides and two walk-in closets. The bath has a handicapped accessible shower with an infinity drain, soaking tub, and water closet.
The lower level has a room designed as a home theater and a full bath.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Dana Fead of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 856-5243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.