With its secluded setting and spectacular Long Island Sound views, it's hard to imagine why anyone would want to leave the Nantucket-style Colonial at 142 Five Mile River Road in Darien.
The south-facing house offers a coveted panorama of a flourishing estuary of Five Mile River. Even in a thick fog, there is an unmistakable sea of green from the beach grasses blowing in the wind.
Nestled in a sleepy seaside community, the comfortable coastal haven is a great spot to raise a family.
"It's a `dream catcher' location with water views from almost every room on a very private acre," said David Hawes, a real estate agent with Halstead Property.
The front of the property boasts an acre of grassy lawns as well as a hand-carved pool with native stone surround.
Inside, the home opens to a sunny two-story foyer.
A formal dining room is bathed in light with three windows with above transoms. Classic paneling and a soft stenciling wraps the room; a elegant crystal chandelier adds a touch of formality in the cozy space.
A step-down formal living room features a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone wood-burning fireplace and built-ins on the inside wall. French doors lead to a deck that overlooks the private inlet of Long Island Sound.
ADDRESS: 142 Five Mile River Road, Darien
STYLE: Nantucket Colonial
YEAR BUILT: 1996
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4582
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FULL BATHROOMS: 3
HALF BATHS: 2
FEATURES: Three fireplaces, balcony, heated pool, two-car garage, wine cooler
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
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With a white subway-tiled backsplash, Carrara marble counters and white cabinetry, the well-proportioned kitchen has a clean and simple design.
Detailed moldings add a special touch to both the center cherry island and Wolf six-burner range surround.
Additional appliances include a double Wolf wall oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator and built-in Miele espresso machine.
Also, a Sub-Zero wine cooler provides storage for up to 60 bottles.
The lower level of the home features a step-down family room with a stone fireplace and private outdoor terrace. There is also a powder room and office on this level.
Upstairs two bedrooms with vaulted ceilings share a full hall bath with a double vanity.
An additional bedroom offers sweeping views of Long Island Sound and includes a second hall bath.
The master suite features both a fireplace and a private terrace perfect for watching the sun set over the horizon, just beyond the Tokeneke Club.
The master bath has a double vanity, steam shower and sunken Jacuzzi all lined with tumbled marble tiling.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact David Hawes of Halstead Property at 203-656-6524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.