The lush lawn of the circa 1938 Colonial at 45 Swifts Lane in Darien sweeps down to the very edge of Gorham's Pond, surrounded by secluded property.

The short driveway sits right off the road, but there's next-to-no traffic here. A separate small shed has the character of the 1938 building, which also has a variety of key updates owning to 1991 renovations and a 1995 addition.

There is also a large separate cottage on the south side of the property, with a main room, bedroom and bath.

Off the driveway, the slate path leads into a short vestibule cleverly designed with the wall facing the water a completed floor-to-ceiling window.

Wood floors and wide-open are the entryway's features. Immediately to the left is a small den or office with built-in bookshelves and bay windows with the eastern view across to the water.

Straight ahead, there's a sunken living room with double sets of sliding glass doors going out to an equally large glassed-in porch, with a flagstone floor. Beyond this spot is a stone patio, which can be accessed from any of the four sets of sliding doors, surrounded by a low stone wall. The living room also has a fireplace, accentuated by sconces.

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About this house
ADDRESS: 45 Swifts Lane, Darien
PRICE: $2,995,000
STYLE: Colonial
ACRES: 2.29
FEATURES: Separate one-bedroom cottage, terrace, two-car attached garage, security system, generator, shed, patio
SCHOOLS: Hindley Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $2,990,750
TAXES: $39,389

Through to the back is a bright bedroom with southern exposure. Along with its own bay windows, it also has sliding doors that lead to a terrace on the south side. This is an ideal master suite owing to the king-sized bathroom with spa tub. It's odd to find the laundry room off the back of this, but there is a separate entrance to the large back room leading out to the terrace and property. It's also got a walk-in closet with two separate entrances, which join the bathroom hall and bedroom.

To the right of the main entrance is a dining room, which features another water view. The room also has two recessed built-in shelves and cabinets on either side of the fireplace.

The kitchen is bright and exploding with cabinets. The island has a built-in range, and there's a wine cooler, along with other amenities.

Toward the back is a cozy family space with another fireplace and wood paneling. A stairway at the back of the room leads to a studio suite above the garage, which has the best of views.

While there's another bedroom suite off the main entrance, up that staircase are two more. Each room enjoys distinct style and quaint touches, such as window seats and angular dimensions. A Jack and Jill bathroom joins the two.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Nancy Dauk of Halstead Property at 203-858-1146 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.