If you're looking for a cookie-cutter Colonial with soaring cathedral ceilings, 5,000-plus square feet and a home theater, this might not be the house for you. It's got creaky floorboards, low ceilings and some peeling paint. And it's old -- like 1780 old.

But for house hunters looking for a home steeped in history, dripping in character and plentiful in mismatched doorknobs, look no further than 18 Fairmead Road.

This cape has had more than two centuries worth of faithful homeowners, with multiple addresses in multiple states.

Built sometime before 1780 in Kenyon, R.I., the house was completely disassembled in 2007 and carefully numbered before a preservation-minded architect drove it in its entirety to Darien.

For many, this house would easily have passed as a fixer-upper. Previous owners chose to preserve the time capsule with great care and affection.

From the outside, the home appears Cape Codish in nature. It's perfectly symmetrical with a side gabled roof, narrow eaves and a medium pitch with a central chimneystack. But, on the inside, the home spans an unexpected 4,181 square feet with three levels of living space.

At left of the entry, a formal dining room features a wood-burning fireplace set against a paneled wall treatment.

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Opposite the dining room is the formal living and family room with a second fireplace set against a paneled wall offering a well-loved space for day-to-day living or entertaining.

Previous homeowners chose to renovate the kitchen in 2013 adding honed Carrara counters, a professional grade BlueStar gas range and a thoughtfully designed pantry while preserving the history-soaked wide plank floors and exposed ceiling beams.

While the kitchen could easily accommodate a dining table and chairs, the space works nicely as a sitting area with two Restoration Hardware tufted settees centered around a third wood burning fireplace.

A small nook off the sitting room could be used as a playroom or office space.

Expanded in the 1830s, the second floor of the home includes two guest bedrooms, the master and the library offering a quiet and unexpected retreat.

The library features a built-in window bench nestled between two built-in shelves, cathedral ceilings with exposed beams and wood floors painted in Benjamin Moore's Mistletoe.

The master bedroom painted in a linen white is bathed in natural light with a private balcony overlooking nearly an acre of property.

The master bath is outfitted with handmade terra-cotta tiles, a step-in subway-tiled shower and a claw-foot tub with a polished nickel hand shower,

A circa 1780 door adds a touch of character to a traditional linen closet.

Two charming guest bedrooms feature dormered ceilings with exposed beams that share a full hall bath. Renovated by previous owners, the lower level of the home could easily be used as a fourth bedroom or in-law suite. It offers 877 square feet of flexible living space and features hand-chipped radiant heated stone floors, reclaimed wooden beams and nine-foot ceilings. There is also a full bath.

Previous owners used the space as a family room and additional entertaining space.

Reclaimed barn doors sourced from Pennsylvania lead to two additional rooms that can lend themselves to use as a craft room, exercise space or playroom.

For more information, contact Amanda Davenport of Halstead Property at 203-655-1418 or email her at adavenport@halstead.com.


TYPE: Cape Cod

ADDRESS: 18 Fairmead Road

PRICE: $ 1,495,000









NOTABLE FEATURES: 3.3 acres, three fireplaces, four bedrooms, three full baths, one half bath, balcony, terrace, outdoor fireplace

SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary School, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $903,280

TAX RATE: 15.01

TAXES: $13,558