On the market: Fantasy home fronts Gorham's Pond
If one was going to do a painting of the perfect location for their fantasy home, it might very well end up looking like the house at 87 Goodwives River Road in Darien. This unique, handsome stone and stucco structure sits on a gorgeous parcel atop its own peninsula in the center of Gorham's Pond.
As anyone knows driving across Ring's End Bridge, the expanse of the pond is beautiful, and out across the water to the north sits this special house with the striking two-story turret and the stately, shade-giving oak trees that blend the house into the property.
The driveway is very private due in large part to the lush reeds growing alongside. Arriving at the secluded entrance, one feels like one has left town and arrived on an estate across the Big Pond, perhaps in the U.K.
The entryway is a two-story affair, with several glimpses of the upstairs hallway passing by on the balcony. Oak floors run throughout the house, which is a unique conglomerate of traditional styles.
While it's a relatively new structure, built in 1995, the house lacks the coldness most modern buildings have. A large part of this is due to the proliferation of windows, which afford beautiful views from every room.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 87 Goodwives River Road, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 1995
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,125
FULL BATHROOMS: 4
PARTIAL BATH: 1
FEATURES: Waterfront, cedar closet, Jacuzzi tub, wine cellar, generator, sprinkler, central air, two-car garage, pond access, wet bar, ceiling fan, sprinklers, security system, screened-in porch
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
LAND ASSESSMENT: $1,317,120
BUILDING ASSESSMENT: $1,414,770
There are four bedrooms throughout the house -- each en suite.
The master bedroom, however, is a marvel. Along with its large size and charming built-in cabinets, there's a whole partially octagonal-shaped sitting area that makes up the upper half of the turret on the south side of the building. The views toward the bridge couldn't be more idyllic from here, and the raised ceiling in this section give it a key separation from the other portion of the bedroom.
The master bathroom is equally as splendid -- a rather noble facility down a short hall with his and hers walk-in closets on either side. The large Jacuzzi tub is at the center of the room, bookended by two sinks and lots of space bathed in a European style accentuated by the Italian tiles and elegant fixtures.
The upstairs also features a small laundry room and a cedar closet.
Again, throughout the downstairs, the wealth of windows prevail. The living room is large, with a fireplace and wide open to adjacent rooms. There is a den to the south side, which also features a fireplace, an attached wet bar and two sets of French doors, which open onto one of several quiet slate patios that surround the property.
There is a screened-in porch on the west side of the building, with a slate floor and ceiling fan.
The kitchen is grand and well-equipped with a six-burner gas range, double oven and decorous island. A small adjacent dining area takes advantage of the magnificent water views, while a large formal dining room on the west side of the house does even more so.
It's important to note that, while the the half-acre is clearly on water, even when the biggest storms have hit, the house suffered none of the associated damage, according to the listing agent. Further, being on a fresh water pond, the property is not subject to the waning and waxing of tidal movement.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.