DARIEN — A private waterfront oasis on Butler’s Island in the Tokeneke neighborhood provides a sophisticated setting for daily living and entertaining on a one-acre property that makes every day feel like a vacation.

This gated property at 8 North Road along a protected tidal cove on Long Island Sound lacks for nothing really, but anyone looking for more need only walk from the stone and stucco house to the Tokeneke Club just down the street in this waterfront community to enjoy additional amenities. The exclusive club has dining facilities, tennis courts, sailing programs, special events, musical entertainment, bonfires on the beach, and other recreational and social opportunities for its members.

The 8,733-square-foot house was built in 2006 and it comprises 11 spacious rooms, virtually every one of them with breathtaking views of Long Island Sound. Those views are unspoiled because the utilities are underground. Its stunning property contains an in-ground swimming pool, outdoor fireplace, large stone terrace, attractive landscaping, small private beach, and a private dock/mooring.

The approach to the house can be from the gated driveway, which accesses the two attached garages with a total of four vehicle bays, or from a second parking area closer to the formal front entrance. A bluestone path leads to the front door flanked by sidelights. The dramatic two-story foyer has a gracefully curved staircase with decorative wrought iron railings and opens to the great room where the living room is at one end and the dining room at the other. Both have fireplaces. The water side wall contains three sets of French doors to a covered deck/balcony with bluestone flooring.

The study has black lacquered walls, sliding doors to a stone patio, a fireplace, and built-in bookshelves. Its beamed ceiling features a fabric covering in a herringbone pattern and at its entrance is a wet bar with a beverage refrigerator and glass-front cabinetry. At the opposite end of the house down the long gallery corridor is a home command area, butler’s pantry, and gourmet kitchen which has marble counters, a large farm sink, long center island with a breakfast bar, an eat-in area, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Its high-end appliances include a Thermador six-burner range with a grill.

Step down into the family room, where there is a built-in window seat, fireplace, built-in bookshelves and cabinetry, and a door to the covered patio.

Upstairs in one wing of the house there is a large landing with a reading nook including floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, library ladder, and desk area. This wing also contains three en suite bedrooms, one of which has a built-in window seat and bookshelves, and the other two have doors to a shared wood deck/balcony.

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STYLE: Other

ADDRESS: 8 North Road

PRICE: $13,995,000


FEATURES: direct waterfront, gated property, water views of Long Island Sound, walk to water, private dock/mooring, walking distance to the Tokeneke Club, 1.05-acre level and sloping property, located on a cul-de-sac, heated in-ground swimming pool, granite patio, balconies, eight fireplaces including one outdoors, home theater, gym, terrace, garden, underground sprinkler, underground utilities, fenced yard, wet bar, community association, wood shingle roof, two laundries, full finished walk-out lower level, two attached garages with total of four bays, attic, five bedrooms, six full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $7,084,840

MILL RATE: 15.77 mills

TAXES: $114,491

HOA FEE: $449 per month (fees includes security service and snow removal)

The spacious master suite features a gas fireplace, sitting area with built-in bookshelves, two walk-in closets, dressing room, and sliding doors to a private deck. The spacious spa-like master bath has a fireplace of its own as well as a marble floor, jetted tub, shower, and built-in make-up table.

On the lower level the open floor plan of the entertainment space includes a family or media area with a fireplace, game and play areas, and sliding doors to a covered stone terrace. The gym features a mirrored wall and sliding doors to the same patio. The home theater has a wall of counter space with cabinetry and a beverage refrigerator and running lights. The wine cellar can accommodate about 1,000 bottles. The full bath serves as a cabana for the pool.

In another wing on the lower level the large mudroom has several closets, built-in cubbies and benches, a full bath, and one of the home’s two laundry rooms.

Outside, the landscaping includes many perennials, among them roses, hydrangeas, peonies, sea grasses, and Japanese anemone.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Kristin M. Nemec of Houlihan Lawrence at 203-829-8998 or KNemec@houlihanlawrence.com.