A darling expanded carriage house at 111 Old Kings Highway in Darien offers country living close to town.
With many original architectural details like the pretty wall sconces, simple moldings and classic Dutch entry door, the home features an open floor plan while staying true to character.
With its English cottage casement windows, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and original 1920s built-ins, the formal living room is both charming and spacious. Nine-foot ceilings create an open and airy living space in the 1920s bungalow.
"This stylish charming expanded and updated country home built in 1921 with 9-foot ceilings perched on a knoll within walking distance of town is truly an idyllic retreat," said Nancy Dauk, a real estate agent with Halstead Property. "A huge bonus is the shimmering pool and spacious pool house with huge terrace, perfect for entertaining on a grand scale or simply day to day living,"
The fireplace is flanked on either side by French doors leading to a quiet office space tucked off the living room.
A step-down dining room with slate floors and an antique barn board wall opens into a sunny family room with three sets of sliding doors accessing a flagstone terrace and deck.
With English gardens lush in lavender, salvia and ivy, the terrace provides a private oasis that overlooks the property.
The charming kitchen features granite countertops, a bead board backsplash and stainless steel appliances with room for a small table and chairs.
A master bedroom and a bedroom on the first floor feature original English cottage-styled casement windows and cottage chic louvered closet doors.
ADDRESS: 111 Old Kings Highway South, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 1921
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,654
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7
FULL BATHROOMS: 3
FEATURES: pool, pool house, terrace, French doors, English gardens
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
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The master bath, renovated in 2012, includes a step-in shower, a modern vanity with double sinks and polished nickel fixtures and plenty of built-in storage.
On the second floor there are two bedrooms with cathedral ceilings that share a full hall bath with a pedestal sink and claw-foot tub.
The property includes a custom pool with stone patio allowing plenty of space for lounging on hot summer days. Alongside the pool is a grassy lawn providing a spot for play.
A pool house, featuring a wrap-around deck, is perfect for entertaining.
With a sitting area with a freestanding wood-burning stove, a kitchen with meal preparation area, plenty of counter space and full bath, the pool house could also be used as a guest house.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Nancy Dauk of Halstead Property at 203-655-1418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.