On the Market: Bright, sun-filled, charming colonial
Updated 3:03 pm, Friday, August 4, 2017
DARIEN — The waning gibbous moon is in the sky over Darien this week. It won’t be visible as a 24-percent waning crescent moon until next week, on August 17. That particular shape is visible every day on the front façade of the yellow colonial house at 17 McLaren Road.
Each of the exterior white shutters of this house is adorned with a crescent moon cut-out. Such detail might go unnoticed by some people but, according to the Atlantic Premium Shutters website, shutter cut-outs add an “eye-catching dimension and personality” to a home.
In the case of this house, the shutter detail is a subtle proclamation that this updated early 20th century house has character and personality, and is worth a peek inside. It was built in 1926 and through the years it was updated to suit modern living. In 1991 an addition gave the house a larger footprint, bringing the total square footage to 2,056. The addition houses the kitchen, family room and breakfast area, which are all open, one to the other.
Even after the addition was constructed the homeowners continued to make improvements to this six-room home. They have remodeled the kitchen and replaced windows. The roof was replaced about a decade ago and it has a high efficiency boiler/furnace, newer oil tank and newer hot water heater.
The house is in a great location, just under a mile from downtown and the Metro North train station. It is also within easy walking distance of Royle Elementary School. One unusual feature is the sidewalk in front of this house and several others in this neighborhood. The house sits on a largely level property of just over a third of an acre. Its attractive landscaping includes rhododendron and boxwood shrubs, perennial flowers, tall trees, and large rock outcroppings.
Belgium block lines one side of the driveway that leads to the one-car garage and a slate path to the covered front entrance marked by two columns. The front door is framed by sidelights and a fanlight transom topped with a keystone. Inside, a small foyer provides access to the formal living room, which has a red brick fireplace painted white, and to the formal dining room. The living room has a door to a den, which could also be used as a sunroom. It has three walls of casement windows, bead board ceiling, and a shelf for storage of board games, books, and electronics equipment. The dining room has two built-in corner china cabinets with decorative molding and sliding door to the wood deck, which sits between the house and garage.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 17 McLaren Road
FEATURES: 0.37-acre level property, move-in condition, fully fenced backyard, close to town amenities, walking distance to the downtown Darien Metro North train station and Royle Elementary School, wood deck, porch, open floor plan, one fireplace, hardwood floors, high efficiency boiler/furnace, thermal windows, skylights, walk-up attic space, professional landscaping, one-car garage, full unfinished basement, roof replaced about 10 years ago, three bedrooms, one full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Royle Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills
From the dining room a café-style door opens into the kitchen. The kitchen features a backsplash of gray glass tiles and Carrera marble on a long peninsula-like counter/breakfast bar, which separates the kitchen from the family room and breakfast area. Appliances include an LG refrigerator and a Bosch four-burner range. A pocket door separates the kitchen from the laundry room and half bath. The family room has a cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan and four skylights, bookshelves and an entertainment center. French doors on the rear wall access a small wood deck and the backyard, which is bordered by tall trees. Another wall has sliding doors to the larger deck.
On the second floor there are three bedrooms, including a good-size master with three closets. The full bath in the hall has a mosaic tile marble floor and bead board on the lower walls. In the hallway there are drawers and cabinets built into the wall, and a linen closet. Another bedroom provides access to the stairs that lead to the unfinished walk-up attic, which can be converted into living space.
Upcoming open houses are planned in the coming weeks. For dates and times visit www.coldwellbankerhomes.com.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Jo Lombardo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-856-8325 or Jo.Lombardo@coldwellbankermoves.com.