The estate at 209 Long Neck Point in Darien offers casual yet elegant waterfront living in an updated historical gem on one of the state's most coveted peninsulas.
Built in 1866, the one-and-a-half-story house originally was the former carriage barn on the estate of Hugh W. Collender, who began acquiring his property on Long Neck Point in 1872.
Collender made his fortune as a billiard table manufacturer, with a factory based in Stamford, during the Gilded Age.
Near the end of the 19th century, Collender owned most of Long Neck Point, which was then known as Collender's Point.
For nearly 150 years, the property has stood at the water's edge, offering unrivaled views of Long Island Sound to the east, Hay Island to the north and Long Island to the south.
It has been extensively remodeled by previous residents, while preserving original details like the rich hardwood floors, solid pocket doors, 16-foot barn doors and the stone and brick fireplaces.
While keeping the integrity of the 19th century-built carriage house, the home boasts state-of-the-art 21st-century amenities like the custom-carved pool and spa, luxurious master bathrooms and a lower-level exercise room and sauna.
ADDRESS: 209 Long Neck Point, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 1866
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 7,739
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 15
FULL BATHROOMS: 9
FEATURES: Five fireplaces, heated pool and spa, two-car attached garage, outdoor terrace
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
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Even still, the sound of the waves lapping up against the shore and the prevailing summer breeze are perhaps the most unforgettable part of the home.
Character pours from the 7,700 square feet of the estate, from its oversized archways, which were designed to be wide enough for carriages to drive through, to its original barn doors and windows.
Through double Mahogany front doors, the home opens into a grand hall, perfect for entertaining.
A formal living room, dining room and family room flow together with 16-foot ceilings, rustic chandeliers and original hardwood floors.
The airy and light-filled kitchen features porcelain terra-cotta tiling, and includes a six-burner Viking range with a double oven, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a large center island. Three sets of French doors stretch the length of the kitchen, which flows into a family room featuring a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace.
The property boasts more than 3,500 square feet of outdoor entertaining space with terraced patios facing the water.
An en suite bedroom is right off the kitchen, featuring a full bath with a step-in shower and water views.
The study features two walls of built-in shelving and sliding doors accessing an outdoor reading terrace.
Upstairs, the landing opens to a loft featuring exposed wooden beams, a fireplace and two Juliet balconies. The loft could lend itself as a second-floor family room, playroom or craft space, as the previous owners used it.
An elegant master suite features cathedral ceilings, a gas fireplace and a private outdoor balcony overlooking the pool and terrace, offering further views of Long Island Sound. The master has separate his-and-hers walk-in closets and separate his-and-hers master baths. The first master bath features Carrara marble throughout and a sleek step-in shower. A second master bath is wrapped in wainscoting, featuring a soaking tub, an oversized step-in shower and a Carrara marble vanity.Read Full Article
There are four additional en suite bedrooms on the second floor.
A fully carpeted lower level could lend itself as a play, game or exercise room. The lower level also has a spa bath with a sauna.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Eileen Hanford of Halstead Property at 203-656-6570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.