Canoe Trail in Darien is the cul-de-sac's cul-de-sac, concluding in a perfect circle crowned by a 90-foot-high oak tree, and all the peace and seclusion you're likely to find in the Tokeneke area. The pleasant, staid house at 21 Canoe Trail is a low-key find.

Entrance is through a Japanese-style gravel garden, which leads to a screened-in porch. To the left is a wide-open circular area with many rooms immediately accessible, and a nice sense of spaciousness in a relatively small structure.

Straight back, the living room has a high ceiling and 8-foot-high windows, which feature double arches.

This room sits high above the property and the eastern view overlooks the small valley at the bottom of the hill. The room has wood flooring and the fireplace is built into an entire wall of brick.

Out the southern windows, a pool is built into the deck -- an above-ground pool that is visually designed to appear in-ground, as it's actually suspended above the hillside.

The dining room off this side uses the brick wall with another fireplace, and then the adjacent kitchen ties to it with space and a wall of doors and windows that go directly out to the pool.

The kitchen has white cabinets and counters, and features an island with a sink, and two gas-range ovens, as well as a ceiling fan.

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About this house
ADDRESS: 21 Canoe Trail, Darien
PRICE: $1,495,000
STYLE: Ranch
ACRES: 1.0
FEATURES: Two-car attached garage, ceiling fans, skylight, deck, screened-in porch, pool
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $1,328,528
TAXES: $17,496

There is also a bay window seating area for in-room dining. A sub-zero refrigerator and freezer are also part of the offerings.

Downstairs is a family room with another fireplace and sliding doors that open to the outside. This room has two walls of bookshelves and cabinets, as well as tract lighting.

This semi-basement downstairs also features two bedrooms, as well as two bathrooms -- rooms that seem separate from the rest of the house, yet at the same time offer a privacy that many will find appealing in this layout.

Meanwhile, upstairs a master bedroom on the north side, with wood floors and a wall of windows that invite in the morning light, is in a nice location to meld with the rest of the main floor.

The bathroom is small, but there's a large walk-in closet.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Sue Okie of Halstead Property at 203-856-9719 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.