DARIEN — There is a shingle-style colonial house at 71 Greenleaf Road, a private road, but ask anyone intimately familiar with that neighborhood and they will tell you the house is on “Bump-a-long;” the road so nicknamed for its numerous speed bumps.

Those “sleeping policemen,” as speed bumps are called in some foreign countries, may slow down traffic in the neighborhood, however, it might be wise for prospective homebuyers to race to this property in the west side of town. The 13-room house was designed by Newtown architect Mike Lobuglio and built by Dalia Canora Design of Darien. Canora is not only a contractor but an interior designer as well and the house reflects her craftsmanship and eye for detail.

Canora selected the one-acre level property on which to build this Energy Star-rated house in 2015. She used part of the foundation from the house that previously stood there and expanded the footprint to accommodate the 6,857-square-foot house. The house is well-sited on the property.

There are three entrances into this house from the front façade, all from the covered front porch, although one of them is not immediately visible. There is the formal front entrance into the foyer, there is an informal entrance into the mudroom, and there is an entrance into the first floor home office.

Inside, the house features lots of windows that bring loads of natural light throughout. There are wide entryways and hallways throughout the house. There is a powder room in the foyer that has a vestibule that provides an extra level of privacy, and Thibaut metallic grass cloth wallpaper.

From the foyer there are wide entryways into the formal living room to the left and the formal dining room to the right. The living room has a coffered ceiling, Thibaut 3-D wallpaper, and a gas fireplace with a custom mantle with a natural stone Pietra Paloma surround and hearth. A butler’s pantry has a wet bar, custom cabinetry, walnut countertop, under-cabinet lighting, antique mirror backsplash, and wine cooler, and it connects the dining room and gourmet kitchen, separated by a pocket door.

In the kitchen the features include three mesh ball crystal pendant lighting fixtures over the center island, which has a cast iron prep sink and natural, honed quartzite counter. The perimeter counters have the same blue crystal quartzite counters. Among the other kitchen features are a polished marble mini brick tile backsplash, dimmable under cabinet LED rope lighting, a farm sink, built-in desk area, and a breakfast nook. High-end appliances include a Wolf 36-inch propane range top with four burners and griddle, paneled Subzero 48-inch integrated refrigerator, and two Bosch dishwashers.

In the family room, which is open to the kitchen are its eat-in area, there is a coffer ceiling and a wood-burning, gas-starter fieldstone fireplace with a custom mantle flanked by French doors that open to a side covered porch. The porch has an outdoor fieldstone fireplace with a raised bluestone hearth, vaulted ceiling, and mahogany decking. The porch is also television-ready with in-ceiling speakers. An additional set of French doors lead from the family room to the rear patio.

This end of the house also has a mudroom, in which there is a natural stone tile floor, window seat with a custom cushion upholstered in Thibaut fabric, a walk-in pantry, the set of rear stairs, a hallway with an informal half bath, and access to the attached three-car garage, where there is a service entrance into the basement. The garage has mahogany carriage doors, hot and cold water spigot, and was given more width and depth than usual providing room to move around and storage space.

Although there are six bedrooms on the second floor the first floor office could be pressed into service as another bedroom, perhaps a guest room or a first floor master suite, if necessary. It has a full bath and a closet.

On the second floor, there is a vestibule into the master suite, which has a tray ceiling and two walk-in closets - one with a center island. The marble master bath has a marble heated floor on a thermostat, double vanity, water closet with frosted glass door, free-standing soaking tub made of volcanic limestone, and a huge shower. There are five more bedrooms on this level; one of them is en suite, two share a Jack-and-Jill-style bath, and the last bedroom/bonus room has a full bath that has a second door allowing it to also be accessed from the hallway.

In addition to the service entrance into the finished basement there are two more access points; one from the foyer and one from the mudroom hallway. The basement has a media room, a full bath, a room that could be a gym, and another room that would make a perfect wine cellar.

Outside, the backyard has a bluestone patio screened by strategically planted pine trees, professional landscaping, and a pool site. The patio has outdoor speakers. There is also a propane gas line hook-up for a grill.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Maggie Marchesi or Bob Marchesi of Houlihan Lawrence. Maggie at 203-249-1433 or mmarchesi@houlihanlawrence.com, and Bob at 646-265-2846 or bmarchesi@houlihanlawrence.com.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 71 Greenleaf Road



FEATURES: Energy Star-rated home, one-acre level property, bluestone patio, close to town amenities, walking distance to the Metro North Noroton train station, walking distance to local public schools, covered porches, irrigation system with rain sensor, 400 amp underground service, generator, wired and equipped with smart home technology, high efficiency hybrid windows, water conditioning and purification system, some LED lights, three fireplaces including one outside, front and rear staircases, cedar wood roof, professional landscaping, exterior lighting, Belgium block-lined driveway, finished basement, walk-up attic, pool site, proximity to Wee Burn Country Club and Middlesex Club, six bedrooms, six full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Holmes Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School


MILL RATE: 16.16 mills