On the Market: Classic clapboard home in heart of Darien
DARIEN — One wall of the remarkable Connecticut colonial at 256 Brookside Road holds a framed drawing of the structure as designed by local architect Edward G. Wallace. Under the drawing are the words “Residence for Mr. & Mrs. Wm. H. Timbers Darien Conn.”
That drawing will stay with the house, a gift from the current owners to those who choose the 6,000-square-foot main house and its many features as their next residence. The white clapboard house with dark green shutters was built in 1948 and in 2006 it was renovated and expanded. That project, and others, incorporated into this house and its 2.1 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds almost every amenity imaginable.
In 2008 a new Gunite in-ground swimming pool and pool house were added. Next came the sizable guest house in 2010. It is configured in such a way that it can serve as a guest house — it has a bedroom and full bath, but also as a large party venue as it contains a generous amount of entertaining space. It may make any gardener salivate with delight at the large potting room. It has a long counter, plenty of storage shelves, a sink, and a door accesses a part of the property that includes an enclosed vegetable garden. One of the current owners is a gardener and that is evident throughout the property.
The weathervane depicting a golfer that tops the three-car attached garage is a subtle reminder that the Country Club of Darien is within walking distance. Cherry Lawn Park, with all its recreational and natural offerings, is also a short walk away.
A stone wall lines the front of the property and the long driveway leads to the forecourt lined in Belgium block and attractive landscaping including manicured shrubbery reminiscent of a parterre garden. Inside, the house no longer appears as the traditional colonial it once was, but as a stylish colonial with a modern flare befitting a family of this era. One room flows easily into the next, and all the rooms along the back of the house have French doors to the generous yard and pool.
The formal living room has a fireplace, as does the family room and the finished basement. The office has chocolate brown lacquered walls, a wall of built-ins and a coffered ceiling. A study, or music room, features built-in bookshelves and a wet bar with a dark-colored limestone counter, hammered nickel-plated sink, beverage refrigerator and glass-front cabinets.
The gourmet kitchen has marble counters and two center islands — one of which is topped with wood, two dishwashers, a Wolf gas range, Thermador ovens, three sinks and a wine refrigerator. White ceramic mini subway tiles comprise the backsplash. The eat-in area has a coffered ceiling, window seat with storage drawers below, and built-in desk area.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 256 Brookside Road
FEATURES: 2.1-acre level and partially fenced property, guest house, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, automatic pool cover, spa, outdoor shower, cabana, stone patio, generator, wine room, convenient to I-95 and Post Road (Route 1), easy commute to the Merritt Parkway, walking distance to the Country Club of Darien and Cherry Lawn Park, only minutes from town amenities and train, close to schools, front and rear staircases, golf room, three fireplaces, sprinkler system, stone walls, wood shingle roof, full partially finished basement, workshop, pull-down attic stairs, attached three-car garage, well water, wood roof, six bedrooms (in the main house), four full and two half baths (in the main house)
SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 15.77 mills
Off the family room is a large screened patio with a bluestone floor, bead board ceiling and a ceiling fan. The mudroom has five cubbies with storage above and below. The sizable laundry room has counter space and a sink.
On the second floor there are six bedrooms. The master suite has a sitting room and its marble bath has separate vanities, a soaking tub, shower and a marble floor with decorative marble tile inserts resembling rugs. In one wing there are two bedrooms that share a hall bath. In another part of this level, two more bedrooms share a separate hall bath. The six bedroom, like the master, is en suite.
The finished basement has a long built-in desk area that accommodates three people and it could serve as a homework station. The temperature-controlled wine room has shelving for at least 1,000 bottles. A golf room has green carpeting that is “shaved” to create an indoor putting green for practice.
Outside, the pool house has refrigerator drawers, a sink, dishwasher, storage, a television, a half bath, changing room and an outdoor shower. In the guest house, to say the ceilings had exposed beams would be an understatement. These beams are architecturally interesting and make a statement. The guest house also has a stone fireplace, a small game room and concrete floors with inlaid wood.
The house is convenient to the train station, which offers an express train to New York City that arrives in only 48 minutes.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Kristin Nemec of Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate at 203-829-8998 or KNemec@houlihan