From its mural-painted ceilings to its fabric-covered walls, the eclectic hilltop artist's retreat is not something you might expect to find in Salem Straits.

Previously owned by artists, the 1952 Colonial at 67 Salem Straits in Darien has nearly 4,000 square feet of unique details -- like its custom-wallpapered rooms and its random-width peg flooring.

Offering a panoramic view of Scott's Cove, Greens Ledge Lighthouse and Long Island Sound, the property's sought-after location includes access to the private Salem Straits Association beach and dock.

A Belgian block driveway fans up to the property.

Outside, the home looks like a traditional Tokeneke Colonial: pretty yellow shingles, a timeless slate roof, beautiful landscaping. But inside, it's anything but ordinary.

A classic marble check foyer featuring hand-painted tromp l'oeil pilasters, paneling and decorative wall sconces welcome you into the artistic abode.

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ADDRESS: 67 Salem Straits, Darien
PRICE: $4,195,000
STYLE: Colonial
ACRES: 1.070
FEATURES: Artist studio, brick terrace, private dock, Salem Straits Association beach and dock access
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $2,334,220
TAXES: $30,742

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The step-down formal living room offers coveted views of Scott's Cove through an expansive picture window with a bench. The living room is lined with grass-cloth wallpaper and features a marble fireplace.

A work of art in itself, the sunroom has a hand-painted ballistrade and a mural on the ceiling. It includes two walls of windows and a wet bar with a hammered copper sink.

The European-inspired dining room has influences of Sevilla, Spain, with its dramatic black-and-white stripe fabric tent ceiling and deep red painted walls.

The dining room opens to a brick terrace overlooking the private cove and mature flowering landscape.

A large eat-in kitchen has a bay window with a seat, extensive custom wall tiling from Spain and granite counters. A wood-paneled library offers a cozy reading retreat for after dinner. It features a marble fireplace, bay window and walls of shelving.

A first floor en suite bedroom has red toile fabric walls and a matching toile ceiling. A full bath that was made handicap accessible features tumbled marble flooring and Spanish tiles.

Upstairs, a spacious master bedroom has a bead-board ceiling, brass wall sconces and beautiful water views.

A marble master bathroom features a double vanity and linen closet offering ample storage space and metallic-tiled ceilings, adding yet another custom detail to the home.

A second en suite bedroom with chair rail features a full bath with a pedestal sink.

Two additional bedrooms have unexpected details, like a lattice-covered ceiling and a cozy recessed space for sleeping. They share a full hall bath.

Resembling a great hall from a European chateau, a two-story artist studio was added to the home by the previous owners as a creative space.

Featuring antique salvaged doors and windows, as well as exposed hand-hewn beams, a wrought-iron spiral staircase, northern skylights and balcony, the studio could easily lend itself to new owners as a family room or guest house.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Sue Okie of Halstead Property at 203-856-9718 or

Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.