The Colonial on a hill at 66 Pear Tree Point Road in Darien begins with a grand, twisting driveway that curves and climbs up to the house, which was built in 1900.

The lawn is decorated with several magnificent beech and maple trees and, at the center, a small gazebo. With a view over Gorham's Pond, it's quiet and private.

A high Doric-pillared porch wraps around the south side, where the facade -- with stained, leaden glass windows, a slate roof and many bay windows -- looks out over more grass and, to the left, an oval, in-ground pool nestled by a small garden.

Dentil molding and old clapboard add to the style.

Through the front entrance -- with its colossal, thick oak doors, vintage mosaic tile floor and antique fixtures -- one begins to appreciate this more than 100-year-old house as a work of art. The short vestibule features curved glass windows and a second set of doors with beveled glass and sculptured handles.

To the left, through a set of pocket doors, is a living room with a trio of bay sash windows, the upper half of which is front plate glass design. There's a fireplace, built-in shelves and two decorative molding flowers on the ceiling that once encompassed chandeliers.

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ADDRESS: 66 Pear Tree Point Road, Darien
PRICE: $5,150,000
STYLE: Colonial
ACRES: 2.157
FEATURES: Patio, two-car detached garage, stained-glass windows, in-ground pool, spa tub, balcony, porch
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $3,157,630
TAXES: $41,586

To the right, across the wood flooring, is a den with a fireplace and more windows and built-ins. Ornate molding crowns this and other rooms.

The dining room has a coffered ceiling, bay windows and a fireplace. From here is the updated kitchen, which feels more modern than the adjacent rooms.

Climbing the stairs, the warm historic feel of the house is evident. The stairs circle twice as they rise two straight stories, with the open area in the center joining the first and third floors directly.

The second story features two bedrooms with a shared Jack and Jill bathroom. The master is wisely placed on the southern side, with bay windows, a large dressing room and a sizable bathroom.

Next door is an office room with a built-in desk and a full wall of glass -- stained-glass windows and a short sliding door that opens onto a southside balcony.

The third-floor rooms feel more attic-like, but there's plenty of potential. The vistas include the forest giants outside, as well as views of the water and pool and surrounding neighborhood.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Mary Lopiano of Halstead Property at 203-912-4694 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.