Old-world charm awaits in Darien
DARIEN — Tucked at the end of Althea Lane, this Mediterranean-style retreat sits on a private, 1.5 acres lush with flowering gardens, stone terraces and pergolas that back up to the Wee Burn Country Club.
A winding, tree-lined drive approaches a formal courtyard of a sophisticated, French-style country chateau.
With plenty of old world, European charm, this four-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath home spans 6,000 square feet of living space featuring 10’5 ceilings and finely crafted millwork.
Inside, the home’s gracious, elegant interior is evident upon entry into a formal foyer that features limestone flooring, sophisticated beaded moldings and lovely, built-in alcoves.
With five sets of French doors, many of which open onto a pergola-covered terrace, an oversized formal living room offers a dreamy, European feel.
Once outside, the West-facing terrace is surrounded by romantic perennial gardens, lush in peonies, salvia and foxglove, all overlooking the 14th hole of the Wee Burn Country Club.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 3 Althea Lane
YEAR BUILT: 1956
YEAR RENOVATED: 2004
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 6,098
ACREAGE: 1.56 acres
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FULL BATH: 5
HALF BATH: 1
NOTABLE FEATURES: Four fireplaces, two-car attached garage, lap pool, pergolas, terraces
SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
TAX RATE: 15.35
An intimate library features the first of four fireplaces, with bowed French doors that open to the backyard, welcoming a warm breeze during summer months.
On the opposite end of the first floor, a spa wing, featuring Venetian plaster walls and a tumbled stone shower with walkout access to a Grecian-style lap pool and a second, pergola-covered terrace.
Added on by previous owners, an eat-in country kitchen features a cozy siting area with a limestone fireplace and breakfast room with vaulted ceilings, a skylight and custom French doors designed at Jelliff Mill.
With terracotta-tiled floors, beveled limestone counters and a butcher block center island, the kitchen offers a warm and inviting space for entertaining and day-to-day living.
Appliances include a five-burner Thermador range, Thermador ovens and a SubZero refrigerator.
With floor-to-ceiling custom paneling, the stairway to the second floor creates a statement with a wrought-iron railing.
The second floor includes three, family bedrooms, two of which include their own en suite bath and one guest room that uses the hall bath.
A private master suite features a gas fireplace with a granite surround, a wall of built-in bookshelves for displaying collections and a walk-in dressing room with mahogany built-ins.
A lovely master bath includes a deep-soaking tub, a frameless glass step-in shower and a private balcony overlooking the grounds.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Janet Olmstead of Halstead Property at 203-554-4022 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org