Real Estate: A transitional-style Colonial in Darien
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, May 25, 2016
DARIEN — Tucked on a quiet Darien lane, an award-winning transitional-style Colonial offers a skillfully designed floor plan with craftsman details inside and out.
Built in 2014 and renovated in 2016, this nearly 8,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home sits on a flat 1.25 acres at the end of the Stephanie Lane cul-de-sac.
With its south-facing orientation, the property enjoys plenty of sunlight, perfect for its oversized Gunnite saltwater pool and spa.
Winner of the 2015 Hobi award for the most outstanding outdoor room, the property includes both an outdoor living room with a stone fireplace and an outdoor kitchen with a 42-inch Wolf gas range including an exhaust and side burner, a two-keg refrigerator and tap.
The covered kitchen features custom natural cedar cabinetry and an AKDO seagull series mosaic glass-tiled backsplash.
An outdoor dining space is available with both covered and uncovered seating room on a large stone terrace surrounded by a Connecticut fieldstone sitting wall.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 26 Stephanie Lane
YEAR BUILT: 2014
YEAR RENOVATED: 2016
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 7,980
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 13
FULL BATH: 5
HALF BATH: 3
NOTABLE FEATURES: Three-car attached garage, Hobi Award for Most Outstanding Outdoor Room 2015, saltwater pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, mudroom, wine cellar
SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
Entering through the slate blue, gloss-lacquered mahogany front door, a dramatic two-story foyer features a gracious curved staircase complimented with custom millwork.
Two coat closets allow for plenty of entertaining and a barreled-ceiling sub foyer offers front-to-back view of the rear of the property.
The first floor features nine-foot ceilings throughout with 5-inch select grade white oak flooring with a provincial chestnut stain throughout.
A cozy formal living room at left of entry features a gas fireplace flanked by built-ins and a tray ceiling trimmed with detailed moldings.
To the right of the formal entry foyer, through a cased-opening, a large formal dining room is enhanced with a coffered ceiling and wainscoting offers classic appeal.
An attached butler’s pantry is equipped with a Viking refrigerator, a Viking wine refrigerator and features contemporary lacquered gray cabinetry topped with timeless Carrara marble counters.
An expansive chef’s kitchen lies at the heart of the home, designed for both function and entertaining.
A 6-by-13-foot center island is topped with a 2-inch-thick mahogany counter serves as the centerpiece of the kitchen.
Lined with floor-to-ceiling white cabinetry designed by New England Cabinet Company, Carrara counters and polished nickel fixtures, the kitchen offers timeless farmhouse appeal.
The commercial grade 48-inch, six-burner Wolf range is flanked by spice cabinets and a decorative arched wood hood above.
Additional appliances include a Subzero refrigerator, two additional Subzero refrigerated drawers, and two 30-inch Wolf double wall ovens.
A Shaw’s Original Fireclay farmhouse sink with a Perrin & Rowe bridge faucet and AKDO Arctic white glass subway tiled backsplash offer timeless touches.
The kitchen also offers a space for everyday dining, a built-in workstation and walk-in pantry.
The kitchen flows seamlessly into a cavernous family room with 27-foot cathedral ceilings paneled in painted shiplap, a floor-to-ceiling Connecticut River stone fireplace, and a wall of built-in shelving for displaying collections.
An adjacent library can also lend itself as a children’s playroom with French doors.
The first floor also includes a 600- to 800-bottle wine room, two powder rooms, a mudroom and laundry room as well as a private guest suite with its own bath.
On the second floor, three guest bedrooms each include their own en suite bath.
A private, 1,100-square-foot master suite spans the entire length of the home, including an oversized bedroom with a gas fireplace and access to a covered balcony, a sitting room and his and hers walk-in dressing rooms with custom organizational storage.
A spa-like master bath features his and hers Carrara marble vanities, and oversized step-in shower and an elegant Victoria Albert soaking tub.
The second floor also includes an additional 1,200-square-foot fully finished space above the three car garage with its own half bath and second laundry room that could lend itself as a recreational room, playroom or second floor family room.