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Friday, June 22 Real Estate

On the Market / Darien house has selling points across the spectrum

DARIEN — The beige stone-and-stucco colonial house at 11 Meadowbrook Road on a quiet cul-de-sac has a long list of selling points, some of them practical, some architectural, some cosmetic, some recreational.

The fully updated 4,498-square-foot house offers a perfect mix of charm and lifestyle, according to the listing agent. It sits on a level property of just over two acres that feels much larger because it borders the 27.5-acre municipal Cherry Lawn Park and Darien Nature Center on one side and conservation land on another side.

The house, which was built in 1931, was also renovated and expanded; designed by Austin Patterson Disston and renovated by Fox Hill Builders. The project included custom millwork, a newly painted interior, new carpeting on the front hall stairs and on the second floor landing, and new insulation in the attic and basement.

Its location is also ideal; a private setting yet just a couple of minutes from downtown shops and restaurants, and the Metro North train station.

The attractive landscaping of established plantings includes hydrangeas, boxwood hedges, rhododendrons, a Japanese maple, a holly tree, and an assortment of tall, mature trees.

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Inside, the house has five bedrooms, three full baths, two powder rooms on the first floor, a fully paneled library with a fireplace, and an eat-in kitchen open to the family room, which has a fireplace.

A huge bonus room offers loft space, and there is an extra room on the first floor which could be used as a home office or an au pair room or guest room. All the windows were replaced in 1998 but the new ones are in keeping with the style of the house.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 11 Meadowbrook Road

PRICE: $2,725,000

ROOMS: 12

FEATURES: 2.2-acre level property, borders Cherry Lawn Park and conservation land, located on a cul-de-sac, easy commute to town shops and restaurants, close to Metro North train station, close to local schools, convenient to Post Road (Route 1), bluestone terrace and patio, newly painted interior, three fireplaces, rear stairs, attached three-car garage, shed, community association, garbage and recycling removal system, new insulation in attic and partial unfinished basement, stone wall, shed, pool site, ample parking, five bedrooms, three full and two half baths.

SCHOOLS: Royle Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,278,060

MILL RATE: 16.16 mills

TAXES: $20,653

Of all these amenities, there is one very practical feature that might get a lot of attention. The house has a handy garbage and recycling removal system built into the attached three-car garage, which eliminates the need to go outdoors to throw out trash. Additionally, it eliminates the need to bring trash cans down the driveway to the street for pickup once a week. Instead, a garbage truck can travel down the long driveway, which is lined in Belgium block, and remove trash in bins through a special door.

A slate path leads from the driveway to the recessed, covered front entrance. The door opens into the good-sized foyer. Pass through an arched doorway and step down into the formal living room, where there is a fieldstone fireplace with a wood beam mantel and exposed beams on the ceiling.

An arched recessed area creates a built-in window seat. From the living room there is access to a paneled office with a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and French doors to the bluestone terrace and bluestone patio.

While this house has Old World charm and style, it has modern features that blend in. One example is the formal dining room, which has a very contemporary ambiance yet does not feel incongruous with the rest of the house.

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It has a curved wall of floor-to-ceiling glass with large divided panes and attractive custom paneling on the lower part of other walls. There is also a door to the terrace.

A café-style door opens into the gourmet kitchen, which features a peninsular counter with a breakfast bar, white ceramic tile backsplash, a coffered ceiling, a hardwood floor, three pantry closets, and a large, open eating area with a built-in desk.

The glass-front doors of the cabinetry in the kitchen were designed to match the casement windows in the eating area. Rather than knobs to open the cabinet doors, the kitchen cabinets and drawers have recessed or cut-out half-moon shapes into which one sticks a finger to open. High-end appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Viking four-burner range.

Step down into the family room, which has a fireplace, bump-out bay window area, and two sets of French doors to the patio.

The many doors along the back of the house make this a great place for entertaining. There is a large mudroom with a slate floor, built-ins, one of the home’s powder rooms, a laundry room, rear stairs, a big closet, side entrance and access to a room that could serve as an office or au pair or guest room.

On the second floor there are five bedrooms and a large bonus room that has a loft space accessible by a ladder.

A vestibule with side-by-side closets leads into the master suite, which has a beamed cathedral ceiling, a sitting area, a built-in window seat and unique skylights.

The master bath features a marble floor and Vermont Verde marble-topped double vanity, white ceramic subway tile backsplash with a decorative border, and shower and soaking tub.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Linda S. Terhune of Houlihan Lawrence at 203-554-0039 or lterhune@houlihan

lawrence.com.

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