DARIEN — The address is clearly in Darien and yet, the house at 15 Bates Farm Lane looks like it would just as comfortably fit into a European countryside. The beige stucco French Normandy-inspired contemporary with a mansard roof is nestled into a 1.07-acre level and sloping property at the end of a cul-de-sac.

This light and bright house with an open floor plan was ahead of its time when it was built in 1988. The man who constructed this house, actually built five of the eight houses on this private road. This one, he built for himself giving it custom millwork and cabinetry, 3,852-square-feet of living space on three finished floors, and an unusual shape, which is not apparent from the curb view. Once inside though, its boomerang shape is evident.

Because of that shape the house seems to hug the property on which it is positioned, and the property seems to embrace a man-made pond at the far end of the backyard. The privacy of this setting only one of this home’s many benefits. High on the list of attractive features is its convenience to almost everything. The house is an easy walk to Cherry Lawn Park and Tilley Pond Park.

Post Road (Route 1) and Interstate 95 are close by and, also within walking distance is the Metro-North train station. Cherry Lawn Park, off Brookside Road, offers 27.5 acres of passive and active recreational opportunities, and it includes the Darien Nature Center. The backyard offers recreational opportunities of its own, including an in-ground swimming pool and spa.

To access the house, walk from the paved Belgium block-lined driveway down the bluestone path, lined in Belgium block, to the front entrance, which features decoratively paneled French doors framed by sidelights and a sun burst fan transom. The doors open into the two-story foyer, which has a marble floor and provides a dramatic entrance into the formal two-story living room. It features a fireplace and French doors to a large wood wrap-around deck with beautiful views of the pond, which has a fountain in the middle. This deck can also be accessed from the kitchen, dining room, and family room. The house has great acoustics and the living room is spacious enough to accommodate a concert grand piano.

In the dining room there is a wet bar with a granite counter and, appropriately enough, a white ceramic tile backsplash, some tiles decorated with various wine bottle labels. It also has a semi-circular sink outfitted with a rounded wooden cutting board that sits nicely above it. The kitchen has a hardwood floor, lots of counter space topped with ebony black granite, a breakfast bar, a center island, under-cabinet lighting, a large eat-in area, and a white ceramic backsplash with a 3-D vegetable and fruit flourish in one area.

On the other side of the living room, there is a family room with a marble fireplace and built-in cabinetry.

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STYLE: French Normandy-inspired contemporary

ADDRESS: 15 Bates Farm Lane

PRICE: $1,699,000


FEATURES: 1.07-acre level and sloping property, heated in-ground swimming pool, located at the end of a cul-de-sac, pond, water views, easy walk to town and train, walk to Cherry Lawn Park, professionally landscaped, whole house generator, thermal windows, balcony, deck, retractable awnings, skylights, wet bar, four fireplaces, central vacuuming system, convenient to Interstate 95 and Post Road (Route 1), attached three-car garage, walk-up attic, full partially finished basement, four bedrooms, three full and two half bath

SCHOOLS: Royle Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

TAXES: $21,928


There are four bedrooms, all with wall-to-wall carpeting, on the second floor. The master suite has a marble fireplace with a raised hearth, vaulted ceiling, built-in bookshelves, walk-in closet with lots of organizers, and a circular staircase to a loft. The spacious master bath has a black marble floor, deep jetted tub, and steam shower. One of the other bedrooms is en suite, and two share a Jack-and-Jill-style bath.

In the full, partially finished basement there is a play room, game room and a half bath.

The attractive landscaping includes many rhododendrons, clematis, hydrangeas, Japanese maples and black-eyed Susans.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Kevin Quick of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-219-0500 or kquick@williampitt.com.