On the Market / Renovated colonial sits in Rockwell-esque Darien neighborhood
DARIEN — The gray colonial house at 6 Wildcat Road was built in 1967 although it bears little resemblance to its original design. The house has undergone renovations that brought it into the 21st century. What did not change, though, is the Norman Rockwell-esque neighborhood in which it sits.
This 6,531-square-foot clapboard house is in the close-knit Delafield Island neighborhood of about 100 families that often get together. These resident host social and community events for their neighborhood including cocktail parties, ladies coffee clutches, a July 4th parade and picnic, and other gatherings.
The 14-room house was designed by notable architect George Van Gelde rn, who gave it many fine architectural features as he melded tradition and modernity to create its aesthetic. The gables give the house an Arts and Craft-style and inside it is equally visually appealing. He oriented the house on its 1.39-acre level property, at the end of a cul-de-sac, to give it east and west exposure, and covered porches and open decks on both those sides of the house to take advantage of the sun’s daily path. The porches and decks also extend the living space to the outdoors.
A long driveway opens to ample parking for family and guests and leads to the detached three-car garage, which has a cupola topped by a weathervane of a sailing ship. The garage offers “extra dream space,” as the listing agent describes it. It has a second story that could be finished to create an art studio, a home office, or game room. Then again, there is ample room inside so it might just provide additional storage. The garage is linked to the house by a breezeway that leads into the lower level mudroom.
To access the formal front entrance climb the stone steps to the covered porch, where the front door has four divided light panes of glass, a wide sidelight and transom. The formal living and dining rooms share a double-sided fireplace, both sides with a raised hearth and marble surround. Both rooms also have doors to the rear porch/deck, and they are further unified by their ceilings, which feature wood planks in a natural wood color against the contrasting white beams. French doors separate the dining room from the foyer.
The sunny kitchen and family room comprise one large, open space. In the half that contains the kitchen, which has a southern exposure, there are perimeter counters topped with butcher’s block, a center island with a granite counter, a built-in desk area, floor-to-ceiling pantry closets, a bump-out bay area for the breakfast nook, bead board on the walls, and high-end appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The family room has a stone fireplace flanked by built-in shelves and cabinets.
This house has five bedrooms, all of them en suite. The Master suite has its own separate floor providing the ultimate in privacy. The second floor master includes three rooms. The bedroom itself has a cathedral ceiling, skylights, a ceiling fan, and two walk-in closets - with built-in dresser drawers. There is a dressing room or sitting room with a fireplace and a window seat, and the third room can be an office or nursery. The master bath features colorful, hand-painted murals of a tropical setting, a jetted tub, shower, and double vanity.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Custom Arts and Craft-Style Colonial
ADDRESS: 6 Wildcat Road
FEATURES: 1.39-acre level property, located at the end of a cul-de-sac, ThermoSpas lap pool, decks, terrace, porch, sauna, convenient to town and train, in-law suite with its own kitchenette and outside access, four fireplaces, neighborhood association, front and rear staircases, full finished basement, six-zoned oil heating system, detached three-car garage, six bedrooms, six full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills
HOA FEE: $915 (annually)
Four additional bedrooms afford separate quarters for all. Two of them are on the main living level and the other two are on the finished lower level, where there is also a large play or game room. This room can be flexible. It currently is used as a media or television screening room and a gym with an adjacent sauna. Also on this level there is an in-law apartment with paneled walls, a kitchenette, and sliding doors to a covered patio.
The good-sized mudroom has a ceramic tile floor, laundry room with a sink, and a door to the breezeway.
The most unusual feature is its interior ThermoSpas, an over-sized hot tub with a lap pool feature allowing someone to create a current so they can swim in place.
This house enjoys proximity to three train stations on the New Haven Metro North line, the closest of which is the downtown Darien station just under a mile away. The Rowayton train station is a mile and a half away.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Suzanne Okie of Halstead Property at 203-856-9719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.