Nestled on a wooded hilltop in the Tokeneke section of town, the charming English cottage-inspired home at 9 East Trail in Darien offers a cozy and private retreat.
With a slate roof, stone exterior and four separate flagstone terraces, the home has a European-countryside feel.
Designed by architect Frazier Peters in 1939, many original features have been preserved throughout the home including the arched doorways, tiled windowsills and plastered stucco walls.
However, with a 2006 renovation of the kitchen and master suite, along with the replacement of the leaded windows to efficient Thermopane, the home meets modern-day standards.
The entryway boasts fieldstone flooring with flagstone steps with Peters' signature Spanish-styled tiles on the risers.
Entering into home's central great room, there is a cathedral ceiling, exposed hand-hewn wooden beams and oversized fireplace.
"Peters was known for creating homes with a signature great room flanked on either side by two wings," said Peg Hersam, a real estate agent with Halstead Property. "The family painted the ceilings and beams white to create a lightness and airiness."
Facing south and west, light pours into the great room for most of the day through the windows and French doors leading out to the terrace.
ADDRESS: 9 East Trail, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 1939
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,131
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 5
FULL BATHROOMS: 3
FEATURES: Four terraces, wood-burning fireplace, Calcutta marble countertops, outdoor speaker system, slate roof
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
The master suite, located in the right wing of the home, has a private terrace facing the east, perfect for enjoying morning coffee.
The master bath has a Carrera marble double vanity, linen closet and step-in shower.
The left wing of the house includes two bedrooms that share a full bathroom.
Completely renovated in 2006, the kitchen has a coffered ceiling, built-in speaker system, Calcutta marble countertops and an eat-in area that can fit a large-sized dining room table. Appliances include a Sub Zero refrigerator, Thermador double wall oven plus a warming oven, a Wolf kitchen top with pot filler, an ASKO dishwasher and two additional dishwasher drawers.
A deep stainless under-mount sink features a polished nickel fixture and a wet bar with a copper sink includes two refrigerated drawers and an ice maker.
A center island provides everyday seating for five people and custom cabinetry lines the perimeter of the room providing ample storage space.
Downstairs is a third bedroom with built-in shelving, a coffered ceiling and a full bath.
A Murphy bed allows an easy transition into a downstairs family room.
A laundry room and mudroom with five built-in closets are off the downstairs bedroom and the back entryway provides access to the property's multi-level terrace.
"You really feel like you're in another country. The home lends itself to a more relaxed lifestyle," Hersam said.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Peg Hersam of Halstead Property at 203-655-1418 or email@example.com.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.