The quaint and historic area of Tokeneke, with its quiet lanes, patrolling guards and beautiful homes, cannot be beat. The house at 4 Cross Road is a classic stone affair, and fans of Frazier Peters' architecture will appreciate the place.

The driveway is long and wide, leading into a narrow piece of property, but it certainly feels private and plentiful owing to the spacious adjacent lots. Of course, the back has a surprise -- more than 2 acres of property not realized at first.

The house itself is long, stretching along the east side of the driveway. At the far left is a new two-car garage, which has been attached to the house by a long, glassed-in hallway. From the garage to the front, a Japanese-style rock garden decorates the left of the house behind a low stone wall.

At the front entrance, with its simple but elegant facade, is simple, elegant design -- a 1935 house by the prolific architect who put good taste and conscious design in stone before other priorities.

Inside the house feels in mint condition. The gorgeous hardwood floors are restored. The plaster walls in the big living room to the right are flawless. The old radiators are terrific and in working order, with covers that meld with the interior. In this room there is also a large fireplace, built-in shelves and cabinets, and a picture window facing to the back.

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About this house
ADDRESS: 4 Cross Road, Darien
PRICE: $3,495,000
STYLE: Colonial
ACRES: 2.69
FEATURES: Two-car attached garage, terraces, in-ground pool, central air, pool house, whirlpool, security system, generator
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $3,349,360
TAXES: $44,111

From here is a view of the large backyard, which ends at the picturesque lagoon. One can enjoy a lot of this view also from a big added room on the south side, with its vaulted ceiling, French doors, wet bar and fireplace.

To the left, the downstairs has a walk-through office, with lots of built-ins, which leads away from the main entrance. Then there is a special little new utility room that mostly consists of six-foot-high bay windows that envelope it.

This leads to another sunken living room on the north side, which circles back through a bright dining room that's been modernized with tract lighting, but still has the built-in corner cabinets, wainscoting and a full picture window that looks on the large, blue backyard slate patio.

The kitchen has been redone to any chef's liking. The floor is glossy slate. The cabinets are a wood design, while many windows and two skylights make it all sparkle. There's an island with a sink, a six-burner gas stove, and a lot of counter space.

Still more surprises await, as there's also a pool on the northern side of the property, flanked by a good-sized flower garden.

The upstairs is a maze of many bedrooms, with two sets of stairs to choose from. The plaster walls are a thing of beauty that has to be seen -- and lived with -- to be appreciated.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Janet Olmsted of Halstead Property at 203-554-4022 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.