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On the market: Renovated retreat

The house at 8 Circle Road in Darien has a remarkable visage -- a veritable alpine chalet set on a private road that's still near everything one could want.

This is a 1939 contemporary that arcs around the driveway.

The facade features a design in wide-paneled wood, while on the second story the picture is graced by a balcony that runs along the front, ending at a large, wide stone chimney on one side. This stone repeats along the foundation in perfect combination with the wood and design.

To the left, the end of the driveway ends at an attached four-car garage. The front, meanwhile, leads from a classic opening into a distinct foyer that immediately feels updated and fresh.

Straight back, slate tiles lead to the far side of the house and an open view out the back, where a portion of the 1.82 acres runs along a back fence. There's a back room here designed for recreational use, and a bathroom to one side, as well as a good-sized potential bedroom -- or office, or playroom, depending on the need.

To the right of the staircase leading up to the main floor is another half bath and a private hall that goes down to a billiard room.

The stairs lead to stunning space. The flavor of the house is more modern on this next level, but still a grand mix of that vintage style -- light pine floors and, at the top, a landing that meets the balcony looking out to the front.

But the living room is enormous and wide-open with an wall of plate glass, which floods the room with light. The room is anchored by a stone fireplace, along with a wall of built-in bookshelves and cabinets, and a wet bar featuring its own glass cabinets, a sink, refrigerator and ice machine.

Around the side of the stairs in the other direction -- past the doors leading onto the porch -- there is a half bath and laundry closet.

Farthest back, on the south side of the building, the master bedroom is colossal, with a raised ceiling and more floor space than any two bedrooms likely to be found in a house of comparable size. It features a stone fireplace, a separate fully glassed-in sunroom that's currently being used as an exercise room, and access doors leading out to both the front balcony and a patio to the left.

The master bath continues the picture -- equipped in Tuscan style, most prevalent in a rounded shower done in rough tan tile. There's also a large spa tub and double sinks.

The bedroom's walk-in closet is enormous as well.

There are two other nearby bedrooms, each with its own toilet and shower. One is larger and features a full view out to the west.

From the living room, which is framed along the outside by a slate patio, is a dining room, which then opens into the kitchen. This room has an inviting built-in bench along one wall of windows. All the amenities a chef could want are also here, including a six-burner gas stove, a subzero and a large island with a sink. The room, which also prides a high ceiling, combines wood with a subtle polished marble. Read Full Article 

Off the kitchen, the house still continues, past another potential bedroom en suite -- or office area. From there is a large mudroom area with access to the four-bay heated garage.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Megan Mehlhope of Kelly Associates at 203-253-3329 or megan.mehlhope@gmail.com.

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.

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About this house
ADDRESS: 8 Circle Road, Darien
PRICE: $2,895,000
STYLE: Contemporary
YEAR BUILT: 1939
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 7,120
ACRES: 1.82
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
BEDROOMS: 4
FULL BATHROOMS: 5
HALF BATHS: 2
FEATURES: Four-car attached garage, central air, in-ground pool, patio, terrace, balcony, wet bar, ceiling fan, central vacuum, security system
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $1,899,940
TAXES: $25,022

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