Real estate: Right in town, but close to the beach
A Nantucket-inspired Colonial on Darien’s Nearwater Lane offers the best of all worlds with its close proximity to local beaches, schools and the charming Post Road village.
Current owners enlisted the services of Fox Hill Builders to do a complete remodel in 2003, keeping some of the original footprint and expanding to create a 4,800 square foot home.
Afforded one of the only sidewalks in town on a private acre of retreat-like property, the home is just a half-mile from Weed Beach and its oceanside park featuring a fitness trail, playgrounds and multiple tennis and paddleboard courts. Inside the gray clapboard-sided home, the entry opens to a two-story foyer with a sweeping circular staircase.
Much of Fox Hill’s renovation lies left of entry in the kitchen and family rooms that feature a relaxed coastal design with a coffered wainscoted ceiling and cherry hardwood floors. With an easy open floor plan and subtle coastal palette, the kitchen-family room offers plenty of sunlight and views of the outside pool and terrace.
The family room features a wood burning fireplace flanked by built-ins offering space for displaying photographs or collections and a wet bar includes a hammered copper vessel sink and a Marvel wine refrigerator. The eat-in kitchen features a custom mahogany center island with two industrial-inspired barn lights overhead.
The kitchen features a classic double front apron farm sink, subway tile backsplash and granite counters.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 72 Nearwater Lane
PRICE: $ 2,795,000
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,852
YEAR BUILT: 1947
YEAR RENOVATED: 2003
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FULL BATH: 4
HALF BATH: 2
NOTABLE FEATURES: Terrace, in ground pool and spa, mudroom, two car attached garage, five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms
SCHOOLS: Hindley Elementary School, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
TAX RATE: 15.01
Appliances include a five-burner Wolf range, Sub Zero refrigerator and double Wolf wall ovens.
Opposite the kitchen is a formal dining room and cozy formal living room with a second wood-burning fireplace.
Just off the living room is a sunny office with a vaulted ceiling, wall of periwinkle blue-hued built-ins and French doors accessing the rear terrace.
A spacious first-floor master suite offers plenty of privacy with a fully renovated Carrara marble bath featuring an oversized frameless glass step-in shower, dual vanity and sunken Jacuzzi tub.
The second floor includes a second master suite, two guest bedroom and a private guest suite in its own private wing.
Each of the guest bedrooms was designed with special sitting alcoves and built-ins and share three full baths. The second floor also includes a large playroom or family room with a vaulted ceiling and four built-in window seats.
An unfinished lower level offers the potential for an additional 900 square feet of space.