Real estate: A Colonial in the lap of country clubs
With its white clapboard siding and black shutters, its whitewashed brick fireplaces and private nearly four-acre setting, the classic Connecticut farmhouse on Mansfield Avenue offers close-to-town living with country charm.
Nestled in the upscale Mansfield Avenue area of Darien, the 1948 Colonial includes four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and plenty of classic New England curb appeal.
The property is fringed with year-round evergreen screening offering some privacy from the main road through which a Belgium-blocked lined approaches the home.
Inside a glass-paned entry door leads to a charming, light-filled foyer with a whitewashed brick paver floor.
The property’s 4,400 square feet features floor-to-ceiling white paneled walls in most of the first floor living spaces replaced by nautical-inspired wainscoting in each of the baths.
A cozy formal living room features the first of three wood-burning fireplaces with a white brick surround and a full wall of built-in bookcases adding plenty of space for collections.
In lieu of French doors, a set of cottage-style louvered doors opens to the formal dining room that features a large picture window overlooking the rear of the property and an antler-inspired chandelier.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 265 Mansfield Ave.
PRICE: $ 2,350,000
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,406
YEAR BUILT: 1938
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
FULL BATH: 4
HALF BATH: 0
NOTABLE FEATURES: Two-car attached garage, two-car detached garage, tennis court, three fireplaces, brick terrace, deck, French doors,
SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
TAX RATE: 15.35
Added on by previous owners, the sun-filled family room features six windows and three sets of French doors leading to a deck and step-down moss-covered brick terrace shaded by mature trees.
A timeless galley-style kitchen features white cabinetry with rubbed nickel hardware and honed black granite counters.
Appliances include a six-burner Wolf range with a Wolf hood, a Subzero refrigerator and an Asko dishwasher.
A classic Shaw’s Original Fireclay front apron farm sink adds some classic country charm and upper glass cabinetry offers room for displaying serve and stemware.
A two-sided wood burning fireplace that faces a sunny den or reading room on the opposite side warms the breakfast room.
A first-floor office doubles as a private guest room featuring Nantucket-style wainscoting, louvered closet doors and a full bath with a frameless glass step-in shower and pedestal sink.
Upstairs, three guest bedrooms feature original details like a built-in dresser and classic chair rail.
Two of the guest bedrooms share a full wainscoted hall bath and the third guest bedroom includes its own en suite.
A spacious master suite, added along with the family room by previous owners, features a vaulted ceiling, two walk-in closets and a wainscoted master bath with a frameless glass step-in shower and sunken tub.
A second floor laundry room adds a modern convenience to the 1948 Colonial.
The property includes one attached two-car garage and one detached two-car garage in addition to a tennis court.