Situated deep in an exclusive neighborhood and on the Pound Gut Lagoon, the stone and stucco house at 26 Searles Road in Darien lives up to any expectations.

The front is taken up by a wide open driveway done in stone blocks. There's an attached two-car garage directly ahead.

It's the kind of thoughtfully created home that's somewhat rare in new constructions -- a proper mix of good taste and solid material, classic design with touches of originality.

Entering into a small foyer there's a European feel with its tiling and tall ceiling, but it's a humble space that doesn't reveal what's ahead. There's a half bath with a beautiful design to the side.

Stepping up, the grand living room is on the left and has a stretch of tall windows featuring an awesome outdoor view.

The whole wall to the left, in fact, reveals the flat and full yard -- a football-field size lot that separates road and river.

There's also a perfectly situated in-ground pool.

Straight on, across the parquet floor, French doors open out to a raised patio, which is partially covered and enjoys the water setting. The room also has a fireplace and a recessed library area, with paneled walls and built-in shelves.

To the right of the entrance is the dining room, which has an interesting wall of mirrors that give an illusion of largeness. There's a window seat and a boxed ceiling surrounded by vintage style dentil molding.

The kitchen area is comparatively small by today's standards, but quite ample and roomy, partly due to the high ceiling, which features neat sloping edges that roll down to a wood design in the cabinets.

The kitchen is also well-equipped, with a six-burner gas stove, double sinks and more accoutrements.

Adding to the space are two distinct living areas here -- one with a fireplace and grand windows looking over the water. The other adjacent is surrounded by windows and views.

A back staircase leads first up to a large office area situated over the garage, with its own bathroom. It's an open space, with a second short staircase farther up.

Upstairs, the bedrooms feature more of the tasteful design. One en suite bedroom enjoys a large window seat with a river view. Another en suite is situated opposite.

The handsome hardwood floors run throughout.

The master bedroom is on the south side of the house, with doors leading out to a balcony with a magical river view.

It's a pretty room, with a sprawling bathroom that circles around through two large walk-in closets, which eventually come back to the other side of the bedroom.

The third floor features another great open room with a majestic southern view. There's an extra bedroom up there as well with a separate bath.

Down below an unfinished basement has a lot of storage.

For more information to make an appointment to see the house, contact Jane Glassmeyer of Halstead Property at 203-722-2325 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.

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About this house
ADDRESS: 26 Searles Road, Darien
PRICE: $8,100,000
STYLE: Colonial
ACRES: 1.53
FEATURES: Two-car attached garage, pool, deck, balcony, security system, central air
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $4,007,360
TAXES: $66,642