DARIEN — Down a long winding lane in the Tokeneke section of town sits a Cape Cod-style house at, appropriately enough, 10 Winding Lane.

The pale gray house with white trim was built in 1961 on this quiet cul-de-sac. More recently the house was completely remodeled and updated to include smart home technology, a gourmet kitchen, and many other features needed for the convenience of today’s living and entertaining. And there can be lots of entertaining in this house, not just during warm weather months but year-round.

The house sits on a level and sloping property of just over one acre and, among its many entertainment features is its spacious raised wood deck with access from several rooms, two covered porches, and large screened porch with a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace. There is a wet bar in the kitchen and every room is wired for sound.

There is no in-ground swimming pool at the moment but Long Island Sound and local beaches are quite close by. Additionally, there is certainly room for a pool, and the current owners have made accommodations for any future pool to be installed. Already in place is a 1,000-gallon propane tank to fuel a generator - which the house already has, to fuel the kitchen range, and to heat a pool. The house itself has oil heat.

Custom millwork frames each room of the house and above virtually every door there are designs on the corner square moldings. Each of these medallions at the top of the woodwork on doorways depicts a star. They serve as a subtle reminder that this location is far from the light pollution of more congested areas and all it takes is a few steps to the deck or yard on a clear night to view the stars above with the naked eye or a telescope.

The house is set back from the road and has a bluestone path to the long covered front porch. From the street view the house can look deceptively modest in size but it has 3,761 square feet of living space. Only a view from the rear of the house or a walk-through inside reveals its spaciousness.

Inside, it has four bedrooms, a large kitchen, and a bonus room above the two-car attached garage. The formal living room has a fireplace with a marble surround and dentil molding on the mantel. The formal dining room has wainscoting on the lower walls. The family room has a quarried stacked stone fireplace with a raised hearth, built-in bookshelves and cabinetry, and two sets of French doors. One set leads to the deck and the other to the large screened three-season porch where there is a cathedral and beamed ceiling, a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone wood-burning fireplace, bluestone floor, and its own set of French doors to the deck.

The updated kitchen was designed by Kitchens by Deane and features a large center island, quartzite counters and backsplash, some glass-front cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, and large eat-in area with a window seat and French doors to the deck. The drawers are designed with specific organizers for easy storage of and access to kitchen supplies and culinary ingredients. Appliances include a Wolf six-burner range and griddle, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a wine refrigerator. Off the kitchen is the mudroom, which contains a built-in desk area, window seat, cubbies and storage.

The bonus room has wall-to-wall carpeting, a long wall with two built-in desk areas and cabinetry that could serve as an office or homework area. This room has flexible use as a game or play room or home theater.

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ADDRESS: 10 Winding Lane

PRICE: $2,495,000


FEATURES: water community, 1.06-acre level and sloping property, generator, smart home technology, manicured gardens, walking distance to Tokeneke Park and Long Island Sound, neighborhood association, wet bar, dry bar, audio system, deck, exterior lighting, porch, sprinkler system, three fireplaces, unfinished basement, room for a pool, two-car attached garage, attic, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,247,260

MILL RATE: 15.77 mills

TAXES: $19,669

On the second floor the master suite has an alcove with a window seat with storage underneath and two walk-in closets. Its bath has a marble honeycomb patterned floor, soaking tub, separate vanities and water closet. One of the other bedrooms is en suite.

The location of this house makes it within walking distance to Tokeneke Park and Long Island Sound.

There will be an open house on Sunday (Feb. 5), 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Nellie Snell and Bridget Sullivan of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate, Snell at 203-979-9149 or nellies@afahomes.com, and Sullivan at 644-0170 or bridgets@afahomes.com.