Arriving at 37 Contentment Island Road in the Tokeneke section of Darien, it's going to take some time to merely appreciate the location before you even start to notice the house, which stands on a hill on a large lot overlooking the whole of Scott Cove from the north.

The oak trees sing with the sea breeze that sweeps over the island.

The yard -- which has plenty of lawn -- also has a collection of natural stone ledges, just the place to sit and watch the sun sink over the water.

At first glance, the house is small, but it really is a great compilation of space.

Further, around the back is a carved terrace area with a small in-ground pool and patio.

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About this house
ADDRESS: 37 Contentment Island Road, Darien
PRICE: $3,800,000
STYLE: Ranch
FEATURES: Two-car attached garage, heated pool, skylight, sprinklers, partially finished basement, terraces, screened-in porch
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $1,213,590
TAXES: $18,180

And more views out toward Long Island Sound.

The front entrance leads up slate steps that hug the side of the brick exterior, which also shares wood shingles for much of it.

Outside this door, which has a full wall of windows, there's a small, smart patio of slate, with a low wall and a magnificent view of the neighborhood.

Inside, the hall has stone tiles. To the left, past closets, a more private hall leads to a half bath.

After that is a door that keeps three small bedrooms and a full bathroom separate. The rooms enjoy handsome hardwood floors and water views from different angles.

Further down, the main hallway leads into a living room with a black marble fireplace and an expansive wall of glass that looks out toward the Sound.

This room is linked to a dining room, which shares the sliding glass doors and walls, along with a fireplace opposite the other on the dividing wall.

Outside these rooms is a glassed-in porch, which runs about 35 feet along the back, joined to the outside patio overlooking the pool.

Given these views and the use, the two acres of property couldn't feel larger.

Farther back off the living room is a master suite. This begins with a large sitting room, which can be shared with the family. It features another full wall of sliding glass looking out the back.

From here, separated by a pocket door, is a hall lined with closets ending in the relatively small bedroom and bathroom.

Back off the dining room is a small kitchen, stocked with appliances, that still enjoys a vaulted area of the ceiling and skylight.

Finally, to the right of the main entrance are two sets of short stairs.

Upstairs, one finds a large, cozy office or family room, with welcoming windows, tract lighting and a lot of closet space as well.

Downstairs are a laundry room and mud area that connects to the driveway, with a door leading to a good amount of storage space.

There is also a small bedroom with another beautiful Sound view, along with an attached full bath.

For more information or make an appointment to see the house, contact Nancy Dauk of Halstead Property at 203-656-6501 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.