On the market: Entirely redone
The flawlessly designed Salem Straits Colonial at 7 Whaling Road in Darien has been custom-designed and -crafted to offer nearly 5,000 square feet of living space in a private waterfront neighborhood.
Enlisting Darien-based Fox Hill Builders to redesign the property from top to bottom, the previous owners took the home down to the studs.
Over the course of several renovations, the 1970s-era house was reconfigured by revamping the layout, expanding its floor plan with an additional 500 square feet of living space and, ultimately, creating a light-filled home with seamless flow.
A bright two-story foyer opens into a sun-drenched formal living room featuring wide-plank whitewashed floors throughout. An original fireplace with a marble surround is set against a wall of crisp white paneling.
An eat-in kitchen stretching from the front to the back of the home features a gas fireplace and wet bar with a second refrigerator, two freezer drawers and a built-in espresso machine.
The gourmet kitchen has endless cabinetry, a large center island lit by original Simon Pierce glass globes and includes top-of-the-line appliances like a four-burner Wolf range, an induction-heated two-burner cooktop, a Miele convention microwave and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 7 Whaling Road, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 1975
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,700
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 15
FULL BATHROOMS: 4
HALF BATHS: 2
FEATURES: Flagstone terrace, screened porch, private and dock, Salem Straits Association, geothermal heating and cooling, whole house generator
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
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A comfortable step-down family room has a coffered ceiling and two sets of sliding doors leading to an enclosed-screen porch. Bathed in light, the sunroom features skylights, custom wall sconces and flagstone floors.
The first-floor master suite has a large bay window and sliding doors to a flagstone terrace. The master includes his-and-hers walk-in closets and a elegant master bath with a frameless glass steam shower, a soaking tub with a polished nickel hand shower, his-and-hers vanities and seashell-inspired custom floor tiling.
Off the master is a home office with a large bay window and custom closets that easily could lend it as a sixth bedroom or a nursery.
Upstairs, a workstation provides a convenient spot for homework. A well-designed second-floor laundry room has butcher-block counters and a cathedral ceiling. The first bedroom has its own bath with a basket weave-tiled floor and step-in shower. Two additional bedrooms share a full hall bath with a custom glass-tiled floor, two Carrara marble vanities, a Carrara marble tub and step-in shower.
A fifth bedroom has a full wall of floor-to-ceiling shelving and two custom built-in beds that are suspended with nautical rope.
"They call this the sleepover room. It's where everyone goes when they have friends over," Sarah Keena, a real estate agent with Halstead Property, said.
The pristine full basement provides a space for a large home theater with leather seating and a faux-leopard rug. The lower level also has a mudroom with built-in cubbies for storage and a powder room featuring a custom-designed farmhouse sink with double faucets.
The property is a part of the Salem Straits Association and includes access to a private beach, docks and direct access to Long Island Sound through Scott's Cove.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Sarah Keena of Halstead Property at 203-656-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.