On the Market: Colonial offers ‘more than meets the eye’
Updated 1:34 pm, Sunday, August 6, 2017
DARIEN — The white colonial house at 237 Noroton Ave. is probably the best-kept secret in Darien, according to the listing agent, but it shouldn’t be a secret anymore.
This house offers “more than meets the eye,” according to the listing agent. It is a house worth considering as a purchase for a first-time home buyer, empty-nesters or those looking to downsize. It would also make an ideal residence for an artist or writer. The house has a second floor with three bedrooms, but the master bedroom suite is on the main living level, which may also make it appealing for those who prefer or need one-level living.
Its price is appealing at $989,000, making it one of the rare houses in Darien below $1 million. Convenience is another draw. The house is in the Noroton Heights neighborhood within walking distance to stores and banks on West Avenue and Heights Road, Middlesex Middle School, the Noroton Heights Metro-North train station and the 64.7-acre Woodland Park. The park is a municipal nature preserve and features many attractions, including hiking trails, two ponds, a stream, a footbridge, an archaic stonewall and ornamental plantings, according to the town’s website. For those who commute by car, Interstate 95 is a short distance away.
The house, which was built in 1924, sits on a level corner lot of about a third of an acre along Noroton Avenue and West Elm Street. Tall hedges line the front of the property, from which a sidewalk leads up to the front door. The entrance is framed by a stone facade. Inside, there are 2,174 square feet of living space and sophisticated old-world charm, hardwood floors throughout most of the house and a versatile floor plan.
The phrase “more than meets the eye” relates to this house not only figuratively, but also in the literal sense. There is plenty of “hidden” space in this house that is not reflected in the square footage. The third floor is sheet-rocked and ready to be finished and incorporated into the living space. The full basement is also unfinished and may contain additional possibilities.
The formal living room has a wood-burning fireplace and a wide entranceway into the formal dining room, which has a wall of windows and a bay/bow window. A cafe-style door separates the dining room from the spacious, updated eat-in kitchen, where there are quartz countertops, a Viking range and a new dishwasher. The family room has a door that opens to the flagstone patio and private backyard, which has mature plantings and attractive gardens. The flower beds are bordered with Belgium block. The office or computer room has a coffered ceiling.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 237 Noroton Ave.
FEATURES: corner lot, 0.34-acre level property, close to town amenities, walking distance to the Noroton Heights Metro-North train station, wet bar, flagstone patio, detached two-car garage with finished space above, one fireplace, attic, mudroom, aluminum siding, full unfinished basement, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Royle Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills
In addition to the bedrooms on the second floor, there is a den or artist’s studio with a wet bar with two stainless sinks and built-in cabinetry.
Another 570 square feet of finished space is found above the detached two-car garage. “Think home office, party space, artist’s studio or perhaps your very own man cave,” the listing agent said. This space has a red brick fireplace.
For information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact AnneMarie Rayhill of Houlihan Lawrence at 203-536-7065 or amrayhill@