DARIEN — When this white-washed brick French country-style colonial house at 29 Sunswyck Road was first built in 1936 it was an elegant residence befitting the time period.

An extensive renovation and update in 2008 and another in 2013 created a home that is the perfect combination of 20th century sophistication and 21st century contemporary style, so it is an older home that functions as new. It has many new and updated features including a new slate roof, geothermal heating system, and older windows that have the efficiency of new ones.

It was renovated and decorated by world-renowned New York designer Michael Whaley, who has often been featured in House Beautiful, as well as Architectural Digest and Southern Accents.

Don’t let the more formal, traditional appearance fool you. This gracious 6,285-square-foot home is definitely a family residence. It sits in the private Delafield Island Association on a 2.2-acre level and sloping property that is both elegant and edgy. The professionally landscaped property contains a formal garden, vegetable garden, a custom-designed stone and slate garden house, a hen house, fire pit, and multiple stone terraces with exterior speakers.

There is a cutting garden and New Dawn rose bushes. The silvery, blush-pink roses were introduced to the world just six years before this house was built. According to the website heirloomroses.com, “In 1997 ‘New Dawn’ was voted the most popular rose in the world at the 11th World Convention of Rose Societies.”

That’s part of the elegance. The edgy part comes with the sports features in the backyard. This property has its own BMX bike trail, ice rink, and graded ski jump for practice runs. The ice rink has lights for skating after dark and a scoreboard to sate hockey fans, and four new water spigots, one with a thermostatic hot water valve to help with rink maintenance.

The front of the house has a wide and welcoming forecourt. Climb the butterfly staircase to the front door, which has a fanlight above it. The mélange of elegant and edgy continues inside where the mudroom floor is painted in a bold zig zag pattern in black, gray and white.

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STYLE: French Country Colonial

ADDRESS: 29 Sunswyck Road

PRICE: $4,750,000


FEATURES: 2.2-acre level and sloping property, located in the Delafield Island Association, BMX bike trail, ice rink with scoreboard, ski jump, Energy Star Rated, geothermal heat, radiant heat, 600-amp electrical service, stone terraces, built-in fire pit, audio system, Thermopane insulated windows, skylights, formal garden, stone and slate garden house, vegetable garden, hen house, three fireplaces, exterior lighting, sprinkler system, solarium, stone sitting walls, invisible pet fencing, attached heated four-car garage, proximity to Scotts Cove and Pear Tree Point Beach, six bedrooms, five full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

MILL RATE: 15.77 mills

TAXES: $50,693

The powder room off the foyer has a floor of Moroccan tile, the formal living room has two limestone fireplaces and antique French oak floors while the formal dining room has custom designed wood and mirror paneling on the lower walls. It also has a fireplace and this room’s French doors open to the spacious stone terraces for day-to-day living and relaxing, entertaining or casual al fresco dining.

There is a sitting room off the living room with picture frame paneling and a fireplace. The family room is in another wing of the house along with the large sun room or solarium.

Because the current owner is an avid cook the gourmet kitchen is well designed and appointed. It includes among its high-end appliances a dual fuel Wolf six-burner range and griddle and Thermador oven and warming drawer. The long center island is topped with a wood counter. There is a built-in desk area, a wood floor, and a backsplash of decorative tile over the range.

The first-floor guest suite leads out to the formal garden. There are five other bedrooms on the second floor. The master suite, which was extensively renovated recently, is a serene oasis in soothing colors. It has a dressing room, walk-in closet with organizers, and Carrera and Calacatta Gold marble bath with a decorative marble tile backsplash on the entire wall that houses the double vanity.

The entire house is wired for Internet, telephone and television.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Nan Peter or Hannah Burge, both of Houlihan Lawrence, Peter at 203-247-1188 or npeter@houlihan

lawrence.com, and Burge at 203-253-5711 or hburge@houlihan