DARIEN — The official start of spring is only a week away and, hopefully, that means warmer weather and sunshine will prevail after a winter of unpredictable weather and several nor’easters.

Milder temperatures will be especially good news for the occupants of the pale gray Garrison colonial with darker gray shutters at 9 Colony Road. That property is only steps away from Woodland Park Nature Preserve, where they can enjoy leisurely nature walks. The municipally owned park “offers a unique environment and habitat for wildlife” and boasts “64.7 acres of land, multiple trail systems, two ponds, a stream, a footbridge, an archaic stonewall, and ornamental plantings. Many bird species, turtles, amphibians, ducks, rabbits, other mammals and insects live within the Park waiting to be spotted by visitors,” the town website says.

It also mentions that dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. The next owners of the 4,000-square-foot house might have a dog and this property of just over a third of an acre can easily accommodate pets. It has invisible pet fencing. The house comes with many creature comforts for those of the human variety as well including and easy flow from room to room for day-to-day living and entertaining, a spacious light-filled family room, a large paving stone patio with a brick sitting wall topped with slate, and professional landscaping that, combined with fencing, optimizes privacy. That privacy is further augmented by its placement on a corner lot, and yet, this central location makes it conveniently close to shopping, restaurants, and the middle and high schools. The Metro North train station is within walking distance.

The house was built in 1987 and was beautifully modernized for today’s lifestyle. A slate path and steps lead from the driveway to the front door, which is flanked by sidelights. The slate path opens to accommodate a bench to sit, relax, and enjoy this quiet neighborhood. The door opens into the foyer, which has paneling on the lower walls and accesses the formal living room to the right and the gourmet eat-in kitchen straight ahead. The living room has a marble fireplace, deep crown molding and attractive millwork, track lighting, and a bay window.

From the living room there are French doors into the formal dining room, which features chair railing, paneling on the lower walls, two glass-front corner china cabinets with interior lighting, a bay window, and French doors to the patio in the backyard. There is also deep dentil crown molding in this room. French doors separate the dining room from the kitchen. Its features include a center island, marble counters, and a large eat-in area with tall casement windows, a wall of pantry closets and cabinetry, and two skylights. There is also a door to the patio. The high end appliances include a six-burner Viking Professional cooktop and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Stairs lead from the eat-in area of the kitchen to the two story family room, which has a red brick fireplace, built-in window seat, vaulted ceiling, skylights, built-in bookshelves, a built-in desk area with cabinetry, and a ceiling fan. It also has stairs to the second floor where there are five bedrooms. The master suite has a vaulted ceiling and ceilig fan. Its bath has a double vanity and large frameless shower.

There is a finished lower level.

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STYLE: Garrison Colonial

ADDRESS: 9 Colony Road

PRICE: $1,629,000


FEATURES: 0.35-acre level and gently sloping parcel, corner lot, located on a cul-de-sac, walking distance to Woodland Park and the Metro North train station, close to the middle and high schools, generator, underground sprinkler system, professionally landscaped property, garden, two fireplaces, invisible pet fencing, skylights, attic, attached under house two-car garage, partially finished basement, zoned heat, five bedrooms, three full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Holmes Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,108,520

MILL RATE: 16.16 mills

TAXES: $17,914

The serious sports-minded family should also take note of Fairfield County United Field at the end of Colony Road. This field accommodates “An elite travel program for the serious field hockey players in Connecticut and the Westchester, NY area. We offer Winter, Spring and Summer Field Hockey Sessions,” according to its website.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Daria Kamford of Houlihan Lawrence at 203-554-0250 or dkamford@houlihanlawrence.com.