Architectural detail blends with modern amenities in Darien

If you are looking for an old-time classic home with modern amenities and fine architectural detail, then look no further than Darien’s 21 Buttonwood Lane.

This classic center hall colonial has original paneling and beautiful floors on the inside and a lush level, professionally landscaped yard bordered by mature rhododendrons and specimen plantings on the outside.

For listing agent Sue Okie of Halstead Connecticut, the best features are the “proportions of the house, which are so aesthetically pleasing. The façade and the interior are spacious, open and welcoming.”

The 1916 masterpiece is on 1.1 acres with a basement, main level, second level and big attic.

The big wide foyer, Okie said, goes right through the house from front to back. To the left of the foyer, she said, is the spacious and nice-sized living room with beautiful paneling around a marble fireplace with built-ins and French doors to a screened-in porch. The living room, Okie said, is very bright.

The next room — the formal dining room — has southern and eastern windows, as well as wainscoting, and is right off the white classic kitchen.

The kitchen has blue granite counters, a walk-in pantry and a lovely picture window. The kitchen table is by the picture window and can sit between six and eight. There is also a breakfast bar, wall ovens and a cooktop. A wetbar is located off the kitchen.


Address: 21 Buttonwood Lane, Darien

Price: $1.99 million

Rooms: 10

Features: This modern kitchen features blue granite counters and a table that can sit eight, bright and light rooms throughout and a master bath with pink marble and high sinks.

Schools: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle, and Darien High School.

Next to the kitchen is a mahogany paneled den/office that is used by the current homeowners for watching television, but Okie said “can be used as an office retreat. There is also a bay window seat.”

The family room, Okie said, has a brick fireplace and a free-standing bookcase, which can hold the television. The rear entryway accesses the family room and leads to the great room.

The one-of-a-kind great room, Okie noted, has vaulted beam ceilings, a stone fireplace, a southern wall of windows and doors and is very “bright and enormous.” The doors of the great room, she said, open onto the flagstone terrace. One whole wall in the great room, Okie emphasized, is stone. And, the stone fireplace, she said, comes with inserted windows.

“The great room is a wonderful room for family gatherings and there is ample room for a sit-down dinner for 40 people,” Okie said.

The second level features the master bedroom. The bedroom, she said, has coffered ceilings and a full dressing room the size of a bedroom. The master bath is between the bedroom and the dressing room. The master bath is pink marble and has high sinks. There is also a big walk-in shower.

The second level has three additional bedrooms, including two that are en-suite with marble baths. The other bedroom has built-in bookshelves and cupboards. Each bedroom, Okie said, has cross ventilation.

The basement has mechanicals and a room that can be an exercise or playroom with outside access. There’s also a wine storage shelf.

Listing agent: Sue Okie, Halstead Connecticut, (203) 856-9719, sokie@