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Wednesday, February 21 Real Estate

On the Market / A cozy cottage with a chic vibe in Darien

DARIEN — The innate creativity of the current owner of the charming beige colonial house at 8 Clocks Lane breathed life into the vintage structure, which was originally built in 1916.

The homeowner made many improvements to this 1,206-square-foot house. A recent renovation was done to accommodate “today’s living while maintaining the character of a bygone era,” according to the listing agent, who further describes this house as a “cozy cottage with a chic vibe.”

As improvements were made to the house the owner preserved its nearly floor-to-ceiling, unique hand-blown glass windows, of which there are three, and all of them original to the house. Two are found in the living room and the third is in the entrance foyer. The rest of the windows are new. Custom storm windows were created to fit the vintage blown-glass windows for energy efficiency.

This house sits on a 0.13-acre largely level property toward the end of a cul-de-sac in the Cedar Gate neighborhood, which provides privacy and convenience “It’s peaceful and lovely,” the owner said of this neighborhood, which is convenient to town amenities. It is walking distance to the downtown Metro North train station, shops and restaurants, and to Tokeneke Elementary School.

There is a stone wall along one side of the property. The attractive front entrance includes a long, wrap-around red brick patio in a basket weave pattern and a red brick, stucco, and shingle façade, and a barrel-shaped ceiling over the entrance. The patio goes along the front of the house and around to one side of the house where it widens into a raised deck to accommodate casual, al fresco dining. Steps from that deck lead to another patio, this one of crushed stone. The blue door opens into the foyer revealing “The flexible floor plan (which) offers a multitude of possibilities and efficient use of space provides ample storage,” the agent said. Every inch is utilized. No space goes unused.

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In the living room there is a brick wall painted white, which houses the wood-burning fireplace. This room also has wide-plank wood flooring and a door to the side brick deck. The living room is completely open to the renovated eat-in kitchen where there is a long center island/breakfast bar topped in statuary marble. The other counter area has the same marble. The kitchen has a custom-designed mosaic backsplash and wide planked wood floor. The dining room is open to the kitchen and living room.

There are three bedrooms in this house, one of which is on the main living level. This floor also has a full bath so that room could be used as a first floor master or guest suite. It could also be used as a den or office.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 8 Clocks Lane

PRICE: $794,500

ROOMS: 6

FEATURES: 0.13-acre largely level property, located on a cul-de-sac, in the Cedar Gate neighborhood, community association/association fee, one fireplace, brick patio, crushed stone patio, extra insulation, Thermopane windows, close to town center and train, walk to Tokeneke Elementary School, flexible floor plan, gardens, gravel driveway, attic, basement crawl space, ample storage, three bedrooms, two full baths

SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $493,850

MILL RATE: 15.77 mills

TAXES: $7,981

NEIGHBORHOOD DUES: $600 (annually)

On the second floor there are the master bedroom, a second bedroom, and another full bath. Continuing with the theme of flexibility the master bedroom is currently being utilized as an artist’s studio and an office, taking advantage of the amazing amount of natural light that floods into this room, which has a cathedral ceiling. The second floor also enjoys a built-in bookshelf on the landing, loft storage, and there is additional attic storage.

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This house is part of an information neighborhood association and neighbors gather for an annual holiday party, the agent said.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Robin Argiriou of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate at 917-748-1337 or robina@afahomes.com.

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