DARIEN \u2014 Ring in the new year in a new home in an enticing waterfront setting that encourages an indoor\/outdoor living experience. The custom colonial gray shingle house at 25 Five Mile River Road has 91 feet of water frontage along the river, providing its residents with captivating views and recreational opportunities. The 12-room house sits on a level property of almost a half acre in a neighborhood perfect for families who love the outdoors during all seasons. The property contains a private dock from which to launch a kayak or canoe or paddleboard. Paddle on the river recreationally or use the water craft as a vehicle to travel to the restaurants and shops on the opposite shore in the Rowayton section of Norwalk. Not every house on this street has its own dock. Off the far side of the attached two-car garage there is a sliding door that opens into the storage area, with room for three kayaks. The location of the house puts it within walking distance to the Rowayton Metro-North train station, less than a half mile away. The downtown Darien train station is just over a mile away. The 3,799-square-foot house was built in 1973, and it was gutted and completely renovated in 2004 following the design created by Norwalk architect Robert Everett. The construction project gave this house a contemporary open floor plan with flexible use of the rooms, and numerous windows from which to enjoy water views of the Five Mile River. With life along the river also comes beautiful sunrises and sunsets, peaceful privacy and attractive water fowl including ducks, herons, and egrets. Enter the house from the covered front porch, where there are two columns. In the foyer there are two more columns marking the entrance into the kitchen. From the foyer there is access to the office or den through pocket doors. The living room has a fireplace, and it is completely open to the dining room, which sits in an area of the house that has six wide floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the river. Between the dining and family rooms there are French doors to the private bluestone terrace, hot tub and a garden area with a small man-made pond. The family room has a fireplace. Completing the circular flow of the main living level, the family room is open to the spacious kitchen. Its features include a two-tiered center island topped with a granite counter and breakfast bar, a five-burner GE Monogram gas range, and an adjoining breakfast room with a bay window and built-in window seat. In keeping with the flexible floor plan of the house, the laundry room is large enough to accommodate other activities. It also serves as a sewing or craft room and a gift-wrapping room. Above the garage there is a great room with a cathedral ceiling, a ceiling fan, two-story windows and a wet bar with a long granite counter, sink, cabinetry and open shelving, a built-in wine rack, refrigerator and glass-front cabinets. On the second floor there are three bedrooms. The master bedroom suite has sliding doors to a private balcony, and its two-story master bath has a ceramic tile floor, shower and jetted tub. A second bedroom has a door to its own balcony. For information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Suzanne Okie of Halstead Property at 203-856-9719 or email@example.com.