Real estate: New home blossoms from former site of greenhouses
With the perfect blend of New England tradition and contemporary design, a completely reimagined Darien Colonial offers buyers a new construction home with timeless style.
The white clapboard-sided home is in the sought-after Tokeneke school district at Tulip Tree Lane and Raymond Street, offering easy access to town and Darien’s two train stations.
In the 1960s, Tulip Tree Lane, along with Red Rose Circle and the central portion of Raymond Street were known for their greenhouses, which were owned by a local grower.
In the mid-’60s and early ’70s, the greenhouses were taken down and area was subdivided into mixed half-acre and one-acre lots.
During this time, the town actually engineered and moved once a large central pond into four separate ponds that run alongside Tulip Tree Lane.
Originally, this particular property dates back to before the subdivision but formerly held a Raymond Street address.
The property has recently undergone a complete renovation from top to bottom with impressive attention to quality and detail.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 47 Tulip Tree Lane
PRICE: $ 2,595,000
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,151
YEAR BUILT: 2015
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FULL BATH: 4
HALF BATH: 1
NOTABLE FEATURES: Two-car attached garage, mudroom, Timberline 30-year architectural shingle roof, Azek trim, Rot resistant Azek shutters, Dobson irrigation system, Belgian block-lined driveway, Emtek hardware, bluestone terrace, woodburning outdoor fireplace, stone sitting wall.
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
TAX RATE: 15.35
The home enjoys high ceilings, arched doorways and an easy, open floor plan.
Inside the handcrafted Georgia-made Fir entry door, a double-height foyer features hardwood flooring laid in a herringbone pattern, Shaker-style moldings and three glass Jalisco pendants that create a stunning contemporary chandelier.
At right of entry is a formal living room features a propane gas Heat n Glo fireplace with a Vermont white stone surround that is set against a floor-to-ceiling paneled wall treatment.
The living room opens into a spacious family room that features a second fireplace with a Pietra Cardosa Italian soapstone surround.
The family room features a wall of five six-over-one Jeld-Wen windows, a coffered ceiling and includes two French doors leading to an outdoor stone terrace with a knee wall surround and outdoor wood burning fireplace, perfect for entertaining.
Though sited on a corner lot, the property enjoys a grassy side yard off the terrace and backs up to land trust property never to be developed on.
A generously sized chef’s kitchen designed by Westport-based Summerhill Kitchens features inset white cabinetry, a doublewide Canadian Cherokee White quartzite center island with three Jalisco pendant lights.
The kitchen is outfitted with resilient honed Jet Mist granite counters, a glass subway tile backsplash and state-of-the-art appliances such as a Subzero refrigerator, a six-burner duel-fuel Wolf range with two ovens and a Wolf commercial grade stainless hood.
In addition, the kitchen includes a Sharp microwave drawer; a Nantucket sinks under mount stainless steel sink and Asko dishwasher.
An attached butler’s pantry includes a wet bar with a Pietra Cardoza Italian soapstone counter with a Carrara marble backsplash, glass cabinetry and a Marvel beverage refrigerator in addition to a walk-in pantry that is equipped with floor-to-ceiling organization storage.
The formal dining room features a coffered ceiling, Shaker-style wainscoting and George Kovacs polished nickel wall sconces offering a contemporary touch.
The first floor also includes a mudroom wrapped in shiplap millwork with built-in cubbies and a storage bench as well as private office with an entire wall of built-ins for organizing files or hiding the printer painted in Benjamin Moore’s Coventry Gray.
The second floor of the home includes four guest bedrooms, each with access to an en suite bath and walk-in closets outfitted by the Norwalk-based Royal Closets.
A well-designed master suite features a tray ceiling with a double-wrapped crown molding and a walk in dressing room with his and hers closets, also designed by Royal Closets, as well as a mirrored wardrobe offering extra storage space.
The master bath features two custom oversized vanities with Kohler Purist fixtures and modern rectangular under mount sinks, a frameless glass Carrara marble step-in shower and a Victoria & Albert soaking tub made of volcanic limestone to help retain heat.
The second floor also includes a laundry room with a faux linen tiled floor and lava stone counter and a spacious bonus room with cathedral ceilings and a contemporary chandelier from Shades of Light.
The property includes an unfinished walk-up attic as well as an unfinished basement offering an additional 1,150 square feet of finishable space if desired.