On the Market: Like-new elegance in Darien
DARIEN — The buttercream-colored colonial house at 43 Stony Brook Road was built in 2006 but could easily be mistaken for new construction. Its construction is a blend of architectural charm and the latest amenities for technology and comfort.
This house offers modern elegance in a tranquil, private setting with moldings, millwork, living and entertaining amenities, and a floor plan that perfectly supports today’s lifestyle. It’s almost as if the architect and builders peered 10 years into the future and designed the house in a timeless way. It has a thoughtful flow throughout its 7,220 square feet of living space on three finished floors. It also has distinct spaces for day-to-day living, relaxation, play, and entertainment.
Two stone patios on two separate levels are ideal for hosting private outdoor parties, and there is a large, flat backyard for play and sports. One patio, accessed from the family room, has a relaxing three-tiered Campania International fountain providing the soothing sound of moving water. There are two brooks that run through this one-acre level and gently sloping property, although both are far enough away that they probably cannot be heard except on the quietest of nights.
Stony Brook courses through the back of the property and an unnamed smaller stream cuts across the front entrance to the property and flows under a bridge at the base of the driveway. Both water sources are close enough to enjoy water views and far enough away to avoid the threat of water encroachment. That’s one of the advantages of having the house on a bit of a hill.
Stone pillar topped with lanterns mark the entrance to the property. At the top of the driveway, which has new pavers, there is access to a path to the formal front entrance, to the side door, to the three-car attached garage, and to the spacious and attractive backyard. The owners have re-sculpted the landscape of the backyard to create a flat, paved terrace at the top, which is near the driveway. It is bordered by a stone sitting wall. From there a stone staircase leads down to beautiful perennial gardens and the lower backyard and the brook.
The covered and columned front entrance includes a paneled front door framed by decorative leaded glass sidelights and an arched transom. Inside, the two-story foyer has a stone floor and a gracefully curved staircase. The foyer and formal living and dining rooms have wainscoting on the lower walls. To the left, the living room has a fireplace with a decorative mantel and it is flanked by built-in cabinetry and display shelves. To the right of the foyer is the dining room, which has picture frame paneling on the upper walls, and French doors separating it from the spacious gourmet kitchen. Both the living and dining rooms have bay windows.
In the kitchen there is a hardwood floor, large center island that has a teak wood counter with beveled edge, a large farm sink, honed quartz backsplash arranged in a pattern, dishwasher drawers, cabinetry with interior lighting, walk-in pantry, and a built-in desk area. Marble comprises the perimeter counters. High-end appliances include a Viking Professional six-burner range. Off the kitchen is a sizable wet bar area with a marble counter, built-in wine rack, wine refrigerator and sink. It is open to the large breakfast room.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 43 Stony Brook Road
FEATURES: walking distance to the Metro North train station and high school, close to shops and restaurants, Energy Star-rated appliances, one-acre level and gently sloping property, water views, bluestone patios, screened porch, wet bar, audio system, wine/storage area with sink, two fireplaces, professional landscaping, perennial gardens, stone walls, central vacuum system, sprinkler system, attached three-car garage, workshop, full partially finished basement, windows treatments and invisible dog fence are negotiable, five bedrooms (all en suite), six full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Royle Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 15.77 mills
The family room has a stacked stone fireplace flanked by French doors to the side patio, which has a stone wall and the fountain. On the other side of the kitchen there is a long hallway that provides access to a screened porch, an office, a half bath, side door, and the rear stairs to the second floor where there are five bedrooms, all with their own baths. The master suite has a deep tray ceiling, two walk-in closets, and a marble bath.
Additional living space is found on the finished third floor and in the basement, where there is a wine room with a sink, a media room, exercise area, full bath, lots of storage, and French doors to another patio with a stone sitting wall.
This house is within walking distance to the Metro North train station, shops, restaurants, and schools.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Maggie Marchesi or Bob Marchesi of Houlihan Lawrence. Maggie at 203-249-1433 or email@example.com, and Bob at 646-265-2846 or firstname.lastname@example.org.