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Darien News-Review

On The Market Colonial's Classic Character Is In The Details

Located on the eastern side of Darien in the Ridge Acres Association, this classic shingle-style Colonial offers 2.6 acres of meticulously manicured gardens on a private country lane.

Renovated and redesigned by Robert Cardello & Associates about a decade ago, the home is loaded with details, from the transom windows throughout, to the Venetian-plastered butler's pantry, to the wood-shingled roof.

Cardello reimagined the expanded Cape Cod-style home designing an eye-catching roofline, which in turn gives the house plenty of character and a distinguished look.

The driveway was reconfigured to bring visitors around the front of the home to highlight the detailed exterior.

With more than 6,000 square feet of living space, the home includes seven bedrooms and five and a half baths with state-of-the-art technology throughout.

Inside, a wide foyer opens into a formal living room through one of the home's many archways.

The formal living room features a coffered ceiling with recessed lighting, wood-burning fireplace and French doors leading to a private terrace lined with professionally manicured gardens lush with flowering shrubs.

With eggplant-hued grass cloth wallpaper, the formal dining room is a warm and inviting space, with an attached butler's pantry offering plenty of storage, a dishwasher, icemaker and wine refrigerator.

An expansive kitchen is both rustic, with its Jerusalem tumbled marble floors, and modern with its black granite counters and farmhouse sink and its state-of-the-art appliances, including a four-burner Wolf range with griddle and grill, separate Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer and double Wolf wall ovens. A custom designed mosaic backsplash behind the stove adds a whimsical detail to the kitchen. An octagon-shaped breakfast room features a tall bay window with transoms and sliders to the terrace.

The kitchen opens to a large family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by a built-in entertainment center with plenty of shelving.

An attached sunroom with cathedral ceilings offers more entertaining space with a full bath for easy pool changes.

The first floor also features a mudroom with plenty of organizational cubbies, an office with a wood-burning fireplace, his and hers desks wrapped in built-in shelving and a private master suite.

The master bedroom features vaulted ceilings, sliding doors accessing the backyard and a large walk-in closet with custom organizational storage. A luxurious master bath features Moroccan tiling, an oversized steam shower with built-in stereo system and a Jacuzzi tub.

The second floor of the home has six bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural light. A large second-floor landing offers a quiet sitting area and the sixth bedroom doubles as an art studio with built-in shelving and a sink for easy cleanups.

The fully carpeted lower level could be a rec room or family room, and includes an attached space the current owners use as a home gym.

Outside, a private pool area is a private oasis with mature trees and gardens, and the yard offers a large flat grassy space for play.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Julie Bauer of Halstead Property at 203-858-7244 or email her at

Friday, September 19, 2014