On the Market / A rare property in Darien on the market for the first time in 100 years
DARIEN — The pale gray colonial house with white trim and a gambrel roof at 42 Goodwives River Road is on the market for the first time in 100 years, and contained within its walls are 3,044-square-feet of surprises and possibilities.
Because the house was first built in 1906 many people would assume the ceilings are low and the room sizes are small. In fact, the ceilings are quite tall and the rooms are quite generous. The charming, warm, bright and airy house is reminiscent of an elegant 20th century lake house and that feeling is heightened when the a cross breeze moves through the house, from the large, wrap-around screened front porch to the windows and door on the back wall. The breezes are a usual occurrence because of the number of trees on this 1.39-acre level and sloping property and because of this home’s proximity to Goodwives River and Gorhams Pond.
Drive up a long curved, private driveway to access this home, which has been in the same family for several generations. The lovely grounds include attractive landscaping with a large, open lawn, tall trees, shrubbery, and perennials, among them lilac bushes, boxwood, hydrangeas, Japanese maples, rhododendrons, pachysandra, and ferns. A skating pond, sledding hill, climbing trees, flagstone terrace with a fire pit and a sweeping lawn complete this beautiful property.
Holly bushes flank the front entrance to the house, which does not face the street. A slate path leads from the driveway to this entrance, which features flush fluted columns and dentil molding. The slate path forks and that spur leads to a side Dutch door.
Inside, the foyer has a slate floor and a built-in window seat. A multi-paned door is adorned with a decorative door knocker. The house has original woodwork and hardwood floors. The formal living room has a fireplace of brick painted white, two walls that contain built-in bookshelves, and a door to the large screened three season porch. There is also a charming, unusual feature found under the stairs. It is a cozy reading nook with built-in bookshelves and room for a comfortable chair or a bean bag.
Off the living room in one direction there is a paneled office with a full bath that has shiplap on the walls and white ceramic subway tile in the shower. A multi-paned glass door separates the office from the living room. On the opposite side of the living room there is a door into the formal dining room, where there is a brick fireplace painted white. Between the fining room and kitchen there is a small butler’s pantry.
The kitchen could use updating but it is good-sized and completely functional. Off the kitchen is a charming breakfast room with a bay window, a pine wood closet and cabinetry, casement windows, and a door to a small stone patio with a grilling area on the side of the house. The mudroom has closets, coat hooks, and the Dutch door to the yard.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 42 Goodwives River Road
FEATURES: water view of Goodwives River and Gorhams Pond, walk to the water, 1.39-acre level and sloping property, large screened three season porch, flagstone patio, storm windows, walking distance to Ring’s End Landing and Pear Tree Point Beach, short ride to and from New York City, convenient to town and train station, stone walls, community association, two fireplaces, front and rear staircases, ample off-street parking, attic, partial unfinished basement, invisible pet fencing, four bedrooms, four full baths
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 15.77 mills
On the second floor there are four bedrooms. The master suite comprises two of them as the house is currently configured. It has a bedroom and a sitting room. But the second room could be used as a separate bedroom is the space is needed as such. There are three full baths on this level. One of them has a tile floor made to look like wood and arranged in a large scale herringbone pattern and two of them have an old-fashioned claw-foot tub. The master bath has plantation shutters.
This house could be a year-round home or a perfect weekend getaways. It is private and yet convenience to town and the Metro North train station for the short ride to Manhattan.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Nancy Dauk or Lucy Oldrin of Halstead Property, Dauk at 203-858-1146 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Oldrin at 203-219-4757 or email@example.com.