DARIEN — Summer may be over, despite the unseasonably warm temperatures this region has experienced. Those people who have a chance to walk through the backyard at 16 Wrenfield Lane might not be convinced autumn has arrived because the gorgeous perennial gardens on this nearly two-acre property are brimming with color, especially from its numerous rose bushes.

Then again, these gardens were designed to produce “an ever-changing bounty of color from spring to summer and right into fall,” according to the realtor.

If the gardens and the overall landscaping look this good now imagine how beautiful they will be next spring and summer. Until then, the next owners of the property and the custom red brick Tidewater colonial house will just have to “settle” for spending time indoors. This house has 4,827 square feet of living space with a number of places to sit and relax and to entertain family and friends including the classically elegant formal living room and the casual sun room.

The house is set high on a hill “next to heaven,” the realtor said, well back from the road at the end of a cul-de-sac. It has a distinctive Mansard wood roof. The house was built in 1990 and was influenced by the houses in the Tidewater area typically thought of as southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina but the Tidewater region does not have defined edges. “A historian may consider Tidewater to be the location of early Colonial settlement around the Chesapeake Bay up to the 1730s,” according to the website www.virginiaplaces.org. Colonial Williamsburg lies within that boundary.

The focal point of this home’s front entrance is its butterfly staircase. There is a covered front porch at the far end of one side. Inside, the house is very well thought out and laid out, and it is imbued with warmth, charm, privacy, and quality. It has intimate spaces and places for large scale entertaining. It can accommodate a comfortable, casual backyard picnic or an elegant garden party or wedding.

The two-story foyer provides a center hall reception space. The entryways from one room to the next are arched and topped with keystones and there is entablature above the front door from the interior. That attractive millwork sets the tone for the rest of the house, which has architectural points of interest in almost every one of its 11 rooms. And yet, the realtor said, “The drama is in its simplicity.” The house does evoke thoughts of a simpler time and way of life while it also dovetails nicely into modern living. It has seven bedrooms, an in-ground swimming pool, an office or library, flexible rooms that can be used a number of ways to suit the needs of its occupants, and lots of storage space.

In the 20 x 19 formal living room there is a fireplace, a deep tray ceiling with cove lighting, a built-in area with open display shelves and lower cabinets, and three sets of French doors to the yard and gardens. A fourth door near the fireplace exits to a flagstone patio covered by a pergola that is draped with wisteria vines. The second red brick patio is by the pool. It adjoins a sun room, which has four sets of French doors to the yard and pool, a terra cotta tile floor, and a dome through which an abundant amount of light streams.

The formal dining room features chair railing and an attractive floral-themed wallpaper. The butler’s pantry features glass shelving for stemware, a sink/wet bar. The office has a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and cabinetry. The kitchen is divided into a practical, preparation side and an eat-in or breakfast room.

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STYLE: Tidewater Colonial

ADDRESS: 16 Wrenfield Lane

PRICE: $2,800,000


FEATURES: 1.975-acre level and sloping property, located on an cul-de-sac, separate buildable 1.387-acre lot available for purchase, in-ground swimming pool, professional landscaping, perennial gardens, patios, pergola, wet bar, generator, two fireplaces, front and rear staircases, proximity to the Country Club of Darien and Ox Ridge School, convenient to the Merritt Parkway, only five minutes to town and train, gas heat, unfinished walk-up attic, partial partially finished basement, three-car garage, seven bedrooms, seven full baths

SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $2,080,610

MILL RATE: 15.77 mills

TAXES: $33,622

On the opposite end of the house, closer to the sun room, the first floor master suite has a bedroom with a walk-in bay window area, two bathrooms, two walk-in closets, and a dressing room. There are four more bedrooms, all en suite, on the second floor, and on the lower level there are two more rooms, both which could be bedrooms or could function as play or game rooms. One of those rooms has a full bath.

This house is walking distance to Ox Ridge Elementary School. Commuters take note, this house is just over a mile from the Talmadge Hill train station in neighboring New Canaan and only two miles from downtown Darien and its Metro North train station.

Additionally, there is a separate buildable 1.387-acre lot available for purchase at $1,400,000.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Mary K. Lopiano of Halstead Property at 203-912-4694 or mlopiano@halstead.com.