On the Market / Massive Tudor-revival for sale in Darien
DARIEN — Tudor style houses emanated in England’s Tudor period in the 16th century (1500-1559). Fast forward about 400 years and the “Tudor revival became especially popular for 1920s suburban homes, loosely based on late medieval prototypes,” according to the website www.architecturestyles.org.
Such houses are characterized by ornamental half-timber framing, often with stucco or masonry veneered walls, the website said.
Favored for its storybook charm and design versatility, Tudor Revival style homes were especially popular in many areas of the United States from 1915 to about 1940, said another architectural website, www.antiquehome.org.
The stone, stucco and half-timbered Tudor house at 29 Swifts Lane fits right into that time period. It was built in 1929 and features a slate roof and leaded glass windows. Its character was maintained when the 7,767-square-foot house was renovated in 1999. It sits majestically on a level and sloping property of 2.62 acres on a cul-de-sac. The attractive park-like property contains an aerated pond and mature plantings. Underground utilities prevent the view from being disrupted by cables and poles.
The arched doorway with decorative hardware opens into the large reception hall where the staircase to the second floor has a decorative wrought iron balustrade. The generously sized formal living room features a marble fireplace with an ornate mantel, French doors to the stone terrace, and beams on the ceiling. In the formal dining room there is a marble fireplace and wainscoting on the lower walls.
In the newly updated eat-in chef’s kitchen there is a wet bar with a beverage refrigerator, white ceramic subway tile backsplash, Carrara marble counters, a built-in desk area, and stainless appliances including a Viking Professional six-burner range with a grill and double ovens. The eat-in area has a skylight and a peninsular counter has a wide marble counter creating a breakfast bar. The family room features a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Over-sized picture windows provide views of the attractive grounds and a multi-paned door leads to the stone terrace.
Off the kitchen there are steps down into the sizable mudroom, which accesses the first of the two attached garages.
On the second floor there is a wall of built-in closets and drawers on the landing. There is also a door to a balcony that at one time may have been a sleeping porch. The master suite has a marble fireplace and two walk-in closets. The marble master bath features a jetted tub, two pedestal sinks, a large shower, and a water closet with two entryways, both topped with transoms. The second floor contains two other bedrooms. There are another two bedrooms on the finished third floor, which also has a full bath. A third room is set up as an office and has a long, built-in desk area with drawers.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 29 Swifts Lane
FEATURES: walking distance to two town beaches, convenient to the Metro North train station, 2.62-acre level and sloping property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, terrace, stone patio, awnings, aerated pond, water views, underground utilities, skylights, four fireplaces, stone walls, programmable thermostat, storm windows, thermal windows, balcony, wet bar, workshop, generator, intercom system, rear stairs, central vacuuming system, slate roof, full finished walk-up attic, full partially finished walk-out basement, two attached garages with four vehicle bays, community association, located on a cul-de-sac, semi-circular driveway, Blue Ribbon public schools district, proximity to Gorhams Pond, walking distance to town, train and school, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Hindley Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills
HOA FEE: *$500 (road maintenance)
The finished walk-out lower level serves as a media room and, as the homeowners added, a “great spot to serve hot chocolate to sleigh riders and ice skaters.” A door from this room leads to the yard and the pond. This room also has wall-to-wall carpeting and a wall of built-ins including two desk areas, which could be used as a homework station.
This property is within easy walking distance of Gorhams Pond and Hindley Elementary School, and a short walk, jog or bike ride to Pear Tree Point and Weed Beach. The Metro North train station is a short car ride away, as are local shops, and restaurants.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Susan Nix of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-554-3612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.