DARIEN — Recent snowfall and record-breaking low temperatures are not conducive to hanging out at the beach this time of year, and yet it only takes one view of Scott’s Cove and Long Island Sound and Green’s Ledge Lighthouse from a high vantage point and it becomes clear waterfront living year round has its benefits.

The sky above the Sound provides a canvas on which Mother Nature paints a different picture every day, and often several times a day for the owners of the newly constructed gray colonial house at 67 Salem Straits to enjoy. The stunning, unobstructed panoramic water views are visible from almost every room in the house and from the granite veneer terrace on the front of the house making this waterfront estate breathtaking year round. The owners of this house can park their boat at the Salem Straits Association dock, which is located right outside this residence, and they can enjoy ocean-side walks to the beach.

While the natural beauty is found in the waterscape and its natural surroundings this 8,455-square-foot house is a work of man-made beauty. The recently completed house was custom-built by Fox Hill Builders of Darien and professionally designed with attractive architectural features and eye-catching interior design details.

The house was well received by those in the real estate industry who walked through it during a recent event. “It’s sleek and simple,” one person said. Another called it “sophisticated yet comfortable.”

It sits at the top of a hill on a 1.07-acre level and sloping property on a cul-de-sac in the private Salem Straits Association. At the apex of the long semi-circular driveway there is a Belgium block forecourt and a spur that continues to the attached three-car garage, where another paved area provides additional parking. That generous parking will come in handy for guests as this is a great house and yard for entertaining.

Enter the house from French doors on the long, covered front porch that open into the two-story foyer. The powder room features a wall of Carrara marble in a herringbone pattern punctuated by gold-colored metallic detailing as designed by New York interior designer Lauren Vallario, who designed the home’s interior. The grand entertaining room is to the left and it is the dramatic focal point of the main level with accordion doors that open a whole wall to the granite terrace. This room has a wood-burning fireplace that could be converted to gas, built-in shelving, and cabinets.

The formal dining room features paneling on all four walls and leads into the family room, where there is a stone fireplace and a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass including sliding doors to a granite patio in the backyard. The patio has a stone sitting wall and built-in grilling area with a Viking grill. Between the dining room and kitchen is a butler’s pantry with counter space, glass-front cabinetry, and a wine refrigerator.

In the sizable gourmet eat-in kitchen there is a center island with a breakfast bar, white ceramic tile backsplash in a herringbone pattern, and high-end appliances including a Wolf six-burner range with a grill and double ovens and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Off the kitchen is a large walk-in pantry with a Liebherr refrigerator, and a large mudroom with radiant heated floor. Heated floors are also found in the garage and the master bath.

On the second floor there are six bedrooms, all en suite and all with generous walk-in closets. The master suite features a gas fireplace flanked by built-in shelving, lower cabinets, a dressing room, two walk-in closets, and sliding doors to a balcony. Once again the herring bone pattern is repeated, this time in the Dolomite marble flooring of the elegant, spa-like master bath. The use of this pattern creates a unifying factor throughout the house. There are two laundry rooms, one on this floor and another on the main level. The third level has a large bonus space with a balcony.

On the lower level there are polished concrete floors throughout, a full bath, and flexible use rooms, one of which has a fireplace. There are also spaces to create a wine cellar and an exercise room.

This property has two approved pool sites; one in the front yard and one in the back.

There will be an Open House on Sunday (Jan. 20), 1-4 pm.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Nellie Snell of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-979-9149 or nellies@afahomes.com.

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STYLE: Colonial, New Construction

ADDRESS: 67 Salem Straits

PRICE: $7,550,000


FEATURES: waterfront estate, water views, walk to water, 1.07-acre level and sloping property, located in the private Salem Straits Association, located on a cul-de-sac, private association dock, two granite patios, Smart home complete with wireless Sonos sound system throughout, generator, four fireplaces, two laundry rooms, balconies, covered front porch, professionally landscaped, wide-planked cerused hardwood flooring, walk-up attic, attached three-car garage, front and rear staircases, full partially finished basement, close to shops and train, two approved pool sites, six bedrooms, seven full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

* ASSESSMENT: not yet set

MILL RATE: 16.6 mills

* TAXES: not yet set, new construction