On the Market: Majestic Tudor in Tokeneke School district with historic features
DARIEN — Tudor Revival and English cottage-style houses were described in the 1928 Builder’s Home Catalog as “a beautiful composition of shapely architectural forms, varied wall surfaces, projecting casements and rich, decorative detail.”
On the website www.antiquehome.org, which includes the information about the home catalog, it continues that these styles were “An outgrowth of the Queen Anne style favored for its storybook charm and design versatility, the Tudor Revival style was popular in many areas of the US from 1915 to about 1940.” Such houses have a steeply pitched, cross-gabled roof, and “decorative half timbering is common in the gable and second story” on the exterior.
That description fits the English Tudor house at 58 Andrews Drive in the Tokeneke neighborhood. The bottom half of the exterior façade comprises stone while the top is adorned with stucco and half timbering. It was built in 1939 and has 2,912 square feet of incredible architectural features, not the least of which is an impressive hand-carved stone fireplace mantel originally from Kings College, Cambridge, England in the sunken formal living room. Every one of the eight rooms has diamond-shaped leaded glass casement windows, the ones on the first floor have medieval stained glass medallions.
The house sits on a knoll of a 1.4-acre level and gently sloping property. Its paved driveway, which leads to the two-car attached garage, is bordered on both sides by stone walls. The house has a slate roof and a slate path leads from the driveway to the front entrance, the door of which has a decorative leaded glass window. From the foyer step down into the living room. In addition to the fireplace it has a vaulted exposed beamed ceiling, built-in bookshelves, wide-planked pegged wood floor, and bay window.
The stained glass medallions in the living room depict various family crests. In the formal dining room there are four window medallions, each depicting what appears to be one of the seven dwarfs. At the end of each of the multiple living room ceiling beams there are decorative, hand-carved brackets; they also depict crests. There is an interior Juliet balcony on the second floor that looks down into the living room.
Off the living room there is a large sunroom accessed through two sets of French doors. It has a slate floor, wood paneling on two walls, two walls of fieldstone, three skylights, and a door to the backyard. French doors with the same diamond-shaped leaded glass open into the dining room. A multi-paned cafe-style door provides entry into the kitchen, which has a hardwood floor, ceramic tile on the lower walls, double porcelain sinks, and a built-in wine rack. The first floor also has an office, which could serve as a bedroom if necessary. It has a full bath.
On the second floor, the master suite has a dressing room and full bath. Another bedroom is also en suite. Then step down into a third bedroom that has a rear staircase down to the kitchen and mudroom area.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: English Tudor
ADDRESS: 58 Andrews Drive
FEATURES: water community, 1.4-acre level and gently sloping property, generator, professionally landscaped, deer fencing, flagstone terrace, balcony, skylights, one fireplace, stucco walls, stone walls, front and rear staircases, sprinkler system, proximity to Pear Tree Point Beach and Tokeneke Park, convenient to town and train, two-car attached garage, slate roof, pull down attic stairs, unfinished basement, four bedrooms all en suite, four full baths
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills
Outside, the property has open lawn, mature landscaping, and a large stone patio for relaxing and entertaining. It is encircled by wrought iron railings. Trellises on the back of the house are covered with wisteria vines. Adding to the privacy of this property, besides is landscaping, is the configuration of the property, which abuts Delafield Island Road. That means no one will ever build behind this house.
This property is convenient to downtown, Tokeneke Elementary School, Tokeneke Park, and the train station.
There will be an Open House on Sunday (July 30), 1-3 pm.