On the Market / “Four Winds” house sits on pristine Darien land
DARIEN — The design of the stone and wood colonial at 42 Old Farm Road in the Tokeneke Association is often credited to Frazier Foreman Peters, and while this stately structure has many of the features generally found in residences designed by Peters, this house did not spring from his fertile imagination.
He did, however, have a role in its creation. Peters, the famed architect of stone houses — many of them in Darien and Westport, served as the builder and stone mason on this construction project back in 1931. The house was actually designed by New Canaan architect Calvin Kiesling. An addition built decades later replicated the original stonework of the existing structure, so the two are seamlessly integrated.
A long winding circular driveway leads deep into the private setting.
The 4,026-square-foot house is nestled on a secluded lot perched upon a hilltop, allowing it to take advantage of its southern exposure and summer breezes. It was given the name Four Winds, and anyone who walks these attractive grounds can easily see why it received that designation. The refreshing breezes come from nearby Long Island Sound and are augmented by the canopy of trees that hugs this estate. Although this house does have central air conditioning it probably doesn’t need to be used except on the most stiflingly humid days during summer months.
A stone wall with multiple pillars stands sentinel at the entrance to this 3.38-acre level property. It is unusual to find a lot of that size in the Tokeneke section of town, where most of the properties are about one acre. This property is large enough to subdivide it and still maintain a larger-than-usual parcel. The house also is flexible enough to be adaptable to modern life without sacrificing its historical integrity.
Among its significant early architectural features are its custom oak paneling, slate roof, leaded windows, and deep-set window sills; all reminiscent of an English country home. Its many 21st century features for day-to-day living and entertaining include an indoor barbecue grill in the kitchen, an outdoor fireplace, built-in outdoor kitchen, bluestone patio, a heated in-ground swimming pool and spa — which are hidden behind a weathered wood gate and shrubbery — and a wide stone staircase in the back yard leads to a space that one of the owners called “The Bowling Green.”
The property is adorned with mature trees, including dogwoods and cherries, specimen plantings, perennial flowers, and shrubbery including azaleas and rhododendrons. It is obvious that this meticulously maintained property is owned by gardeners.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 42 Old Farm Road
FEATURES: 3.38-acre level and sloping property, in-ground swimming pool, outdoor fireplace, two interior fireplaces, bluestone terraced patios, window treatments, professionally landscaped, front and rear staircases, attached two-car garage, partial unfinished basement, unfinished walk-up attic, close to town center and train, five bedrooms, four full baths
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 15.77 mills
HOA FEE: $1,533 annually
Inside, the spacious sunken living room is divided into two sections; one has a cathedral and beamed ceiling. It also has a fireplace and built-on bookshelves. In this room and throughout the house the radiators are recessed and capped with decorative covers.
The family room features a wall of windows. The formal dining room has two sets of French doors into the sun room, which has a slate floor. The kitchen has a red brick fireplace with the barbecue, an eat-in area, built-in wine rack, granite counters, a built-in desk area, and high-end appliances. The addition houses the office, which echoes the living room. It features a cathedral and beamed ceiling, stone wall, paneling on the lower walls, and a door to the yard.
The house has five bedrooms. At the top of the stairs to the second floor, there is a built-in bookshelf.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Carolyn Brook or Amy Barsanti of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty; Brook at 203-550-0821 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Barsanti at 203-722-1781 or email@example.com.