Real Estate: A 1920s Colonial at Cedar Gate
DARIEN — Although minutes from downtown and major highways, Cedar Gate is like stepping into another world.
It is deeply wooded, winding and unusual.
Originally part of the Delafield estate in Darien, Cedar Gate, established in 1910, is a private association with 40 rolling wooded acres and winding narrow roads.
By 1935 Cedar Gate was filled with some 25 homes in a wide variety of styles ranging from English stone cottages to storybook capes.
Tucked at the end of the quiet Cedar Gate Lane, a charming 1920s Colonial offers a completely updated 3,400-square-foot home with plenty of craftsman details.
Built in 1929, the four-bedroom home has had only three owners in its 85-year history.
The house is situated on a level 1.21 acres of property with a white shingle exterior trimmed with classic black shutters.
The portico-covered front entry flanked by two columns opens to a charming foyer with a hand-stenciled floor.
At left of entry, a traditional formal living room, complete with a bay window and wood-burning fireplace, has been updated with chic taupe hued walls and a paneled accent wall.
Just off the foyer is a sun-filled playroom, formerly a screened-in porch that was enclosed by current owners, featuring a coffered bead board ceiling with recessed lighting, two sets of built-in storage benches and French doors leading out to the gardens.
A well-proportioned dining room maintains early 20th century charm with built-in china hutch, lower paneling and crown molding.
With barrel vaulted ceilings, a Palladium style window and wide plank hardwood flooring, the kitchen, though modest in size, has major amounts of charm.
Lined with white cabinetry, granite counters and a subway tiled backsplash; the kitchen has been updated by its current owners with a classic design.
Appliances include a Subzero refrigerator, dual Thermador wall oven and Bosch dishwasher.
The kitchen is flanked by two sun filled rooms, each with barrel vaulted bead board ceilings and French doors leading to a large wraparound deck.
On one side of the kitchen is a sunroom with a wet bar and on the other, a sun-filled breakfast room with a built-in banquette for easy everyday dining.
The breakfast room is open to a cozy family room lined with grass cloth wall paper, a wall of built-in shelving for displaying photographs and collections and a wood burning fireplace with Delft tiling.
The first floor also features a home office with built-ins and a large window seat, a small breezeway serving as a homework station and a mudroom with built-in cubbies and sports closets.
The second floor of the home features three family bedrooms sharing two hall baths and a spacious master suite.
The master bedroom includes two walk-in closets with custom storage plus a separate walk-in dressing room with French doors that could also lend itself as a small nursery.
The master bath features a step-in shower, sunken tub and dual marble vanity.
For more information or to see the property please contact Kristine Johnson of Halstead Property at 203-554-1664.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 43 Cedar Gate Road
YEAR BUILT: 1930
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 3,470
ACREAGE: 0.8 acres
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
FULL BATH: 4
HALF BATH: 2
NOTABLE FEATURES: Two car attached garage, Cedar Gate Association, mudroom, terraces, professionally landscaped gardens, French doors, four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
TAX RATE: 15.35