On the market: Uniqueness abounds with Darien log cabin
This probably would not be as remarkable a house-touring experience were you visiting in Vermont, or perhaps Colorado, but to see the incredible log cabin-style house at 140 Christie Hill Road in Darien is a fascinating treat.
From the outset this is a unique dwelling -- nearly 2,900 square feet of distinct rustic charm, artistic finery and splendid private property. Set on almost 3 acres of tranquil wooded space, this 1936 construction of hand-cut black chestnut logs is breathtaking. The right buyer will arrive here and want it at all costs.
Even before venturing inside, a visitor's attention is pulled to the cozy overhanging porch on the south side of the building, which overlooks a small but deliciously unusual pool set in a sort of magic oriental garden.
The property is primarily pine woods. An old stone root cellar of sorts at the back adds to the rusic feel, while a newly constructed guest house -- hand-built by the current owner, with its own wood-burning stove -- extends the mountain-like mood of the property to a new height.
Directly inside from the porch is a living room with a vaulted ceiling, centered on a mammoth two-story-high stone chimney, the material for which was quarried during construction. A staircase ascends in one corner and a balcony walks the length of the room across the top of the fireplace, balanced by two lights that look like turn-of-the-century gas lamps. The living room also features some beautiful built-in bookcases.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 140 Christie Hill Road, Darien
STYLE: Log cabin
YEAR BUILT: 1934
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,896
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7
FEATURES: Fireplace, skylights, balcony, ceiling fan, pool, hot tub, guest cottage, porch, sprinkler, original artwork, central air conditioning
SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
Here you first become aware of the incredible craftsmanship centering on a series of copper light switch plates, as well as copper plates forged to the side of each stair. Fascinating miniature sketches have been done throughout the house -- all original, featuring moody themes and clever depictions of animals and mythical creatures.
To the left of the front entrance is the kitchen with dining area. The room is almost as intriguing -- with large, red, terra-cotta hexagon floor tiles, two long, sliver-like skylights and a ceiling fan.
The master bedroom is down a hall from the kitchen. There, a shower room has been extended out, with doors that enter in from the patio as well, giving it a double purpose. There is a laundry room hidden away here, with a skylight. An enormous spa tub in an adjacent space completes the picture.
Upstairs are three more bedrooms, one of which is decorated with a collection of antique knives turned into fixtures. The custom brass switches continue in two other bedrooms, which have a Jack and Jill bathroom.
Back outside, there is a large two-bay garage, with an entrance into the side room near the kitchen.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Cathy Thomas of Halstead Property at 203-722-6848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.