The house at 34 Beach Drive in Darien is almost an example of island living.

The tranquil drive out near the end of the quiet road ends at a small beach, and the house itself is inviting.

Ironically, there's almost no reason to go inside once you step into the backyard and find yourself standing at water's edge. You'll never want to leave. There's a small dock there that overlooks Holly Pond, and while the property is adequately above water level, you literally couldn't find a spot more pleasantly linked to the natural magic of the bay.

When you're finally able to pull yourself away from this spot, you'll notice there is a small yard after all, and a good-sized patio attached to the back of the house that enjoys the shade of two good-sized trees.

The front of the house, which was built in 1921, opens into a wide space that almost seems to give the impression that you're seeing every room at once throughout the house. Plus, the view out the back across the water is prevalent and, again, adds to a great sense of the house being linked to the outdoors.

It is a nicely constructed and handsome house inside. The hardwood floors are dark, with some parquet inlays. Straight on, the living room is large and light, with a full wall of bay windows, a fireplace and a 9-foot-high ceiling.

Adjacent to the living room, a step down through French doors leads to a sun room that opens onto the back patio -- again with a whole wall of glass -- and joins the kitchen's eating area and the kitchen itself through a 9-foot-wide archway.

The kitchen has polished red granite counters and cream-colored cabinets, and the center island has a small sink. The range, chandeliers and appliances are all well suited.

There's lots of space downstairs in the finished basement, including two large game or exercise rooms. Also, there's a storage room that opens into the back.

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About this house
ADDRESS: 34 Beach Drive, Darien
PRICE: $2,925,000
STYLE: Colonial
ACRES: 0.22
FEATURES: Patio, dock, one-car attached garage, deck, sprinkler, security system
SCHOOLS: Hindley Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $2,005,500
TAXES: $26,412

The stairs lead from the front, up to a balcony with some light from a large window on the east side.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms of varying size -- all pleasant enough, but the one on the west side wins out with its water view.

Up two steps on the south side is the master, with a grand wall of bay windows facing the water, ceiling fan and wide-open space. To the back is a bathroom with spa tub and double sink, as well as a walk-in closet.

Finally, another staircase goes up to a loft room, which dances with light. Angled to the contours of the exterior, it's a perfect solarium, even affording the adventurous resident window access to a balcony with water-view privileges.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Barbara Stevens of Halstead Property at 203-912-5106 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.