Short of sleeping out on the beach itself, this shoreline home at 24 Brush Island Road, Darien, is the next best way to enjoy the year-round luxury of living on Long Island Sound.

This 6,400-square-foot house, situated at the end of a secluded cul-de-sac, is set on a pristine acre at the mouth of Holly Pond. But not only does the property face directly across the Sound, just about every room in the house offers a sumptuous southern view out over the water.

The first step inside this custom-made shingle and stone house opens into a large living area dominated by two stories of windows that look over the Sound. In fact, the entire long stretch of the downstairs provides residents with expansive southern exposure in each room -- from a remarkable office space or fifth bedroom at the eastern corner of the house to the octagonal dining room at the southwestern corner. Light and air constantly gather your attention and almost distract from what is also a charming, spotless interior.

This is a beach house in every sense of the word.

Built in 2003, the architect designed a unique entryway into each of the five bedrooms that serves to give these rooms a suite-like feeling. Each of the four bedrooms upstairs has its own full bathroom, with three other half-baths throughout the house.

The master bedroom is enormous and contains a sitting area with its own fireplace, as well as walk-in closets. Further, a balcony off the room is equipped with a custom-made collapsible outdoor shower, enabling the occupants to literally shower outside 365 days of the year and watch the whole of Long Island Sound before them, as well as the large wildflower field, which blossoms in the summer, off to one side.

Downstairs the enormous kitchen is a cook's dream, with a large central island with seating for six on one side, and a restaurant-quality six-burner gas stove on the other. To the right of this grand living space is a whole seemingly separate room in the same area, with a fireplace. There is also ample room between these spaces for an informal dining area with yet another view out over the water.

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ADDRESS: 24 Brush Island Road, Darien
PRICE: $8,300,000
ACRES: 1.13
FEATURES: Waterfront, beach rights, pool, gazebo, central air conditioning, three-bay garage, basement, balcony, pool, foyer, slider, garden. Also, shingle façade, five bedrooms, two outdoor showers, upstairs laundry room, city sewer, city water
SCHOOLS: Hindley Elementary, Middlesex Middle and Darien High schools
ASSESSMENT: $4,620,000
TAXES: $58,581

Once outside, there is a large, in-ground pool off to one side of the lawn, situated in such a way that it doesn't dominate the exterior. There is also an outdoor shower.

Facing the remarkable Sound view is a large covered patio, with a fireplace, surrounded by beautiful stone columns.

And as if the beachside views weren't enough, the front of the house faces across the large recreational Holly Pond.

Anyone who has any concern about being so close to the water in this time of substantial storm activity needn't be too concerned with this house. The entire structure was cleverly designed on a raised slab. Further, the garage sections have been designed with breakaway wall portions, so that in the event of an excessive storm surge, the water will merely push through these sections and pass under the building without damage.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Becky Munro at or 203-656-6511.