On the Market: Restored hand-cut stone Colonial for sale in Darien
DARIEN — Stone walls are part of the landscape everywhere in Connecticut. Those functional walls are also a part of the state’s agricultural history and virtually all of them were constructed of fieldstones. Most of them still exist.
Quarried stone also figures prominently in Connecticut history. Few quarries remain but at one time there were hundreds of quarries and mines from which many types of rocks and minerals were harvested including granite, garnet, quartz, marble, and limestone, according to www.quarriesandbeyond.org.
The exterior of the modest colonial farmhouse at 88 Hecker Ave. is composed of hand-cut stone. It resembles a type of granite with flecks of feldspar, mica and garnets. Experts familiar with Connecticut’s geology could identify the exact quarry from which this stone came. Stone is also found in the cobblestone driveway, and inside in the surround of the fireplace in the formal living room. In the backyard there is a flagstone patio surrounded by a granite sitting wall.
This house was built in 1926 and more recently was restored by a master carpenter. It has 2,682 square feet of living space comprising custom millwork, refinished hardwood floors throughout, and high ceilings. It was built on a 0.14-acre level and sloping property not far from downtown Darien, Post Road (Route 1), Interstate 95, and it is within walking distance to the Noroton Heights Metro North train station. The house is close to a number of town amenities including the Town Hall, ballfields, the art center, and public library, the latter of which is at the end of the street.
According to its website, the Darien Library is among the busiest in the state with more than 1,300 visitors on an average day and the highest per capita circulation in Connecticut. It hosts about 1,500 public events each year including presentations by bestselling authors, technology classes, workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs, story times, art classes, film series, and concerts.
The front of the house has a covered porch. The front door opens into the large living room, at the back of which is a step up to the dining room. Sliding doors provide access from the dining room to the patio and backyard. French doors separate the living and family rooms. In the kitchen there is a two-tiered peninsula, which serves as a divider between the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen has double wall ovens, double stainless sinks, and a door to a side flagstone patio with wrought iron railings.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms. The sizable master bath has a tumbled marble floor and backsplash. One of the bedrooms has an interesting feature for children. It looks like a small door into a closet but it opens to reveal a secret playhouse.
In the fenced backyard there is a tree that straddles this property and the next door neighbor’s. A section of the fence was removed to accommodate the tree. Flower beds include a variety of perennials including hydrangeas, black-eyes Susans, astilbes, hostas, cat mint, clematis, and roses growing up two trellises on the side of the house.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Colonial farmhouse
ADDRESS: 88 Hecker Ave.
FEATURES: 0.14-acre level property, fenced yard, close to town amenities, close to Metro North train station and Post Road (Route 1), walking distance to Long Island Sound, proximity to town amenities and two beaches, flagstone patios, covered porch, one fireplace, storm doors and windows, some window treatments, skylights, workshop, pull-down attic stairs, ridge vents, stone walls, perennial flower beds, attached under house two-car tandem garage, zoned heating system, full unfinished basement, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-655-5358.