On the market: Updated Victorian maintains charm of era
For a property close to town and the commercial district, this beautiful and historic Victorian at 9 Clubhouse Circle in Darien prides a pleasant sense of seclusion and style.
The original clubhouse for the Wee Burn Country Club, the house is set on a hill overlooking the end of the short cul-de-sac. A visitor arrives to climb a wide, grand staircase up to the porch.
And what a porch it is -- the wide deck with a high ceiling runs 360 degrees around the house. On the right is a flagstone terrace. While there is a limited amount of property at this address, the porch, coupled with the high location, gives the house a commanding sense of space.
Inside, through the front entrance, a gorgeous set of wide steps disappear upstairs. Straight on is a large, inviting fireplace with a plaque denoting 1899, as well as an original painting of the property that's hung in the house for many years and will be passed on to the new owners.
The sweet touches of the Victorian era become too many to mention, including the attractive dentil trim running along the top of the walls, the handsome hardwood floors, and the welcome radiators, which are as pretty as any heat source could be.
A pair of pocket doors to the left separate the adjacent dining room, which has a high ceiling and window seats built upon the radiators. This attractive room features large built-in, floor-to-ceiling glass cabinets as well.
The kitchen has a fireplace, along with stylish dark wood cabinets that match the floor and an island. A small laundry room is off the kitchen. There is another entrance onto the porch from the kitchen, as well as one at the back from the family room featuring a Dutch door. The family room also has many useful built-in shelves.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is comfortable, and includes a ceiling fan. The adjacent bathroom is enormous. Two other nearby bedrooms each feature skylights and have a large shared bathroom done in black and white tiles. A fourth bedroom on the floor contains a floor-to-ceiling window.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 9 Clubhouse Circle, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 1890
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 3,160
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: Two-car garage, skylights, walk-up attic, radiators, fireplaces, sprinklers, terrace, wrap-around porch
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
LAND ASSESSMENT: $426,090
BUILDING ASSESSMENT: $405,720
Another staircase descends into the kitchen, but before you go down, you have to see the cozy third story and its two lovely bedrooms. These are built to work with the roof structure and make for nifty spaces.
Throughout the house, the great presence of wood and antique fixtures demonstrate how things were built to last in those days, while simultaneously possessing a grade and glorious luxury in good taste. At the same time, this house that's been meticulously maintained and appropriately updated to include the comforts of modern living.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Ingrid Hess William Pitt Sotheby International Realty at 203-655-6015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.