Real estate: An oasis on the shore
The quiet seaside locale on Long Neck Point in Darien is every bit of what you might imagine living in a coastal New England oasis might be.
After crossing Ring’s End Bridge and taking a slight veer to the left onto Long Neck Point, the air changes.
There is an easy breeze filled with a cool salty air that comes in off the Sound from Pear Tree out to the point.
Quietly sited on the Longneck Point peninsula, the classically designed Colonial is faced with Mediterranean-style stucco with tall white shutters and an ivy-covered portico entry.
Designed in 1992 by Wadia Associates, the home was elegantly renovated by current owners to create a French country meets coastal chic vibe.
On the outside, the home is framed with pockets of rose gardens, winding paths filled with seashells collected on the Nantucket shores and elegant gunite pool.
A romantic balcony off a second-floor bedroom offers perhaps the best seat in the house with views of fireworks in the summer and twinkling city lights in the winter and a covered terrace below offers a spectacular space for outdoor entertaining.
Inside, a two-story foyer with an inlaid limestone compass rose in the foyer floor.
In lieu of a traditional mirror, previous owners arranged their coveted collection of turn-of-the-century photographs of boats sailing in Norton Harbor along the curved foyer wall.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 174 Long Neck Point Road
PRICE: $ 4,795,000
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,735
YEAR BUILT: 1992
YEAR RENOVATED: 2007
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FULL BATH: 4
HALF BATH: 2
NOTABLE FEATURES: Three fireplaces, 12 foot ceilings, nine-foot European windows, French doors, House Beautiful “Kitchen of the Month”, Limestone terrace, gunnite pool, balcony, two-car attached garage
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary School, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
The first floor is decidedly comfortable, but with classical architectural details like its arched doorways, stately columns and 12-foot ceilings.
A formal living room is well balanced with no shortage of light from the European floor-to-ceiling Tischler windows.
A perfectly proportioned dining room features heavily detailed moldings and a wall of arched Tischler windows with French doors leading to a covered limestone terrace for easy entertaining.
Renovated by previous owners, the kitchen was reimagined with the help of the Westport-based Beverly Ellsley Design in 2007.
The kitchen features double height inset cabinetry with glass uppers for displaying serve and stemware.
A floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace was imported from France along with French limestone floors and the antique French Versailles parquet flooring that tops the oversized square center island.
The island is topped with the parquet flooring, banded with zinc and painted in a custom blended French blue hue with a hammered copper vessel sink and Herbeau faucet.
Appliance include a four-burner plus griddle Wolf range with a Delft tile backsplash and custom built hood; two Sub Zero refrigerators and four freezer drawers and a timeless front apron farm sink with a copper Herbeau faucet.
Steps up from the kitchen are a cozy family room with built-ins and a wainscoted powder room.
The first floor also includes a full bathroom for pool guests featuring frameless glass step-in shower and a garden-inspired Carrara marble sink sourced at Klaff’s Home Design with a Perrin and Rowe faucet.
A frosted glass door off the bathroom creates privacy and offers easy access back and forth to the pool during warmer months.
An iron and brass staircase wrapped in a lacquered white paneling leads to the second floor.
A spacious master suite features plenty of natural light and water views from its many windows; a carpeted dressing room with mirrored closet doors and a wood-burning fireplace.
Drenched in light, the master bath features a marble basket weave floor, a two-inch thick Calcutta marble dual vanity, a Waterworks soaking tub with a polished nickel hand shower, a frameless glass step-in shower, and, finally, an elegant crystal chandelier.
The first of three guest bedrooms features French doors leading to the private balcony overlooking the harbor and shares a full Carrara marble bath with Waterworks fixtures with a second guest bedroom.
The third guest bedroom includes a large walk-in dressing room with a built-in dresser and its own en suite marble bath with a marble basket weave floor, a Calcutta marble shower and two-inch thick Calcutta vanity with a polished nickel faucet and sconces.
The second floor also includes a laundry room with a Carrara counter for sorting laundry and cabinetry for added storage.