At first glance, a main road and nearby Darien train station could raise an eyebrow over this Leroy Avenue property. Yet it's actually a lovely little vintage construction with a surprising sense of privacy and the kind of beauty one only hopes to find in older houses.

The white picket fence fronting the property helps create the perfect visage for this cedar-shingled bungalow. The front porch features the tapered columns of the period, and feels custom-made for a glider or rocking chair.

Inside, the clean care of a restoration is evident, though not in a way where the charm of a 1920-construction would be lost. The living room -- with original hardwood floor and cute fireplace -- breathes with light, in part because of the enormous windows, one of which looks out to the porch. The ceiling is high for this type of home, and there's a pleasant sense of space in the main room.

Just to the right is a small bedroom, or potential office, with a full bath and another window facing onto the porch. This room circles into the small formal dining room, which features a built-in corner cabinet from the original construction.

The eat-in kitchen completes the circuit. It's large and modernized, with a gas range and tons of cabinet space. A back door here goes out onto a small deck and patio.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 55 Leroy Ave., Darien
PRICE: $885,000
STYLE: Bungalow
YEAR BUILT: 1920
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,501
ACRES: 0.45
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7
BEDROOMS: 4
BATHROOMS: 2
FEATURES: Central air conditioning, fireplace, deck and patio, garden, city sewer and water, swing set, basement refrigerator, wooden pergola
SCHOOLS: Royle Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $501,970
TAXES: $6,365

The staircase near the center of the house, off the living room, is shorter than most, and adds to the quaint quality of the home. Upstairs, however, the landing is wide and spacious, with a welcome feeling of separation between the three upstairs bedrooms.

The master bedroom has been extended, adding more space, but not so much as to destroy the charm of the dwelling. The upstairs bedroom at the front of the house typifies this charm -- a special, secluded little room under the angled ceiling, reminiscent of something in a gingerbread house.

The third bedroom is tiny, but suitable for a baby or small child.

The unfinished basement is cool, large and usable.

Along with the charm of the house itself is a generous range of usable property -- close to half an acre, which affords a lovely large back yard. There's a swing set, stone patio and wooden pergola.

It's important to note how quiet the house is inside, despite the apparent proximity to trains and automobiles. The advantage here, however, is that this commuter's dream will get you to the train each morning on time and invites a never-ending series of pleasant, seasonal walks down to the village.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Cathy Thomas of Halstead Property at cthomas@halstead.com or 203-656-6584. Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.