On the market: Classic stone house
Anyone familiar with the work of architect Frazier Peters already knows that one of his classic stone houses is going to be marvelous to behold.
Add to this the location of 82 Arrowhead Way in Darien, along with some significant interior renovation work, and one has to consider this house at the top of the market.
The house is situated on a small hill overlooking Scott's Cove and the Darien Land Trust.
At the crest of the driveway there is a gorgeous hand-carved sculpture in memory of the victims of 9/11 that features two eagles looking off in the distance.
Before entering, one has to take a moment to enjoy the splendor of the 1925 house, with its slate roof, facade composed of local stone and bearing the English style particular to Peters' many Fairfield County constructions.
It's hard to know where to begin in describing this house.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 82 Arrowhead Way, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 1925
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,800
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FULL BATHROOMS: 5
HALF BATHS: 1
FEATURES: Bar, balcony, wet bar, whirlpool, garage suite, three-car garage, slate roof, swimming pool, dock
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
Standing before the front door your eyes bounce back and forth between the view off to the sloping hill to the east, the pond to the south and the splendid construction, which literally begins with a cobblestone driveway.
Once inside the property there is a lion's head fountain at the base of the chimney.
To the right is a separate in-law apartment with its own built-in garage bay and entrance.
It is an ideal addition to a house that already enjoys a range of elements.
Inside, the extent of the renovations can be seen, particularly beyond the front foyer, where a two-story living room has been built with a southern view through French doors and surrounding windows.
Outside, there is a patio area with a Gunite pool on the west side of the building.
The walls have continued the stone theme, and the addition blends with the original house through three large archways.
Upstairs, there's a loft space overlooking the room, where a small office area with built-ins serves the space perfectly.
Off to the right of the main entry -- where a fireplace from the original construction was left intact, but is more decorative than anything -- the kitchen features an island with a built-in six-burner stove, centered under a hanging vent.
There is also a breakfast nook situated at the southern bay window, which enjoys the spectacular view.
There are several other special rooms downstairs, including a cherry wood paneled family room with a bar and fireplace.
The formal dining room has coffered ceilings and opens into the adjacent living room, making it spacious and pleasant.
There are four bedrooms upstairs, including a good-sized master. The stairs themselves are antique chestnut wood.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Joan Waggner of Halstead Property at 203-962-5907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.