Many may see "split level" listed as a property type and quickly turn their heads. The style of home popularized in the 1950s in small suburban developments seemingly now appeals only to builders, who in turn knock them down and build larger homes in their place.

Colonials, Capes and cottages are undoubtedly the style of choice for today's homebuyers, with open floor plans, large great rooms and second-floor bedrooms.

Still, some split-level ranches, like property at 22 Sunswyck Road, do offer the desirable open floor plan, cathedral ceilings and skylights of their competitors.

This mid-century home offers many desirable features for modern buyers like its four-season solarium perfect for entertaining, a private flagstone terrace and renovated baths.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Split-level ranch
ADDRESS: 22 Sunswyck Road
PRICE: $1,649,000
AREA: 3,104 square feet
ACREAGE: 1.08 acres
YEAR BUILT: 1960
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
BEDROOMS: 4
FULL BATH: 2
FEATURES: four-season solarium, cathedral ceiling, flagstone terrace, two-story entry, Delafield Island Association
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High schools
ASSESSMENT: $974,470
TAX RATE: 15.01 mills
TAXES: $14,627

The most appealing feature may be its location.

Built on a hillside in the heart of the Delafield Island Association, the home is nestled in a private, tranquil setting surrounded by nature.

While located in the sought-after waterfront community, it is convenient to shops, the railroad, beaches and schools.

The property could easily present itself as a scaled-down house for buyers interested in a smaller home while remaining in Darien.

With a gracious one-floor layout, the home encompasses more than 3,100 square feet, including four bedrooms and two baths.

An inviting two-story foyer is warmed with plenty of natural light with its tall windows overlooking the front of the property.

The foyer leads to a spacious formal living room with modern design touches like its paneled wall treatment, vaulted ceiling and recessed lighting.

With wide plank blond oak floors, a wood-burning fireplace and plenty of natural light streaming in from the adjacent solarium, the living room is both warm and inviting.

One of the home's most desirable features is its four-season solarium featuring heated stone floors laid in a herringbone pattern. The solarium's cathedral ceilings and walls of windows flood the space with natural light year- round and the room overlooks a flagstone terrace surrounded by mature plantings.

The kitchen features a clean and simple design with black granite counters, marble subway tile backsplash and glass cabinetry.

A center island offers space for prep work and enough room for a few barstools for everyday seating.

The kitchen opens to a small family room feturing a bay window flanked by built-ins for displaying collections and sliders opening to the private terrace.

The en suite master bedroom offers enough space for a small sitting area and plenty of closet space, with additional built-in drawers for storage.

Two guest bedrooms share a renovated hall bath featuring a marble basket-weave floor, a subway tile tub with a frameless glass door and a modern-style vanity.

A multifunctional lower level could lend itself as an office, playroom or gym depending on the needs of future owners.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Holly Hawes of Halstead Property at 203-656-6521 or at hhawes@halstead.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Split-level ranch

ADDRESS: 22 Sunswyck Road

PRICE: $1,649,000

AREA: 3,104 square feet

ACREAGE: 1.08 acres

YEAR BUILT: 1960

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10

BEDROOMS: 4

FULL BATH: 2

FEATURES: four-season solarium, cathedral ceiling, flagstone terrace, two-story entry, Delafield Island Association

SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High schools

ASSESSMENT: $974,470

TAX RATE: 15.01 mills

TAXES: $14,627