Pass through the historic stone walls and gorgeous rhododendrons of this Middlesex Road colonial — built in 1756 — and you’ll feel like you are about to enter the Old World. Instead you will enter a renovated sun-filled home in Darien.
Different owners over the years have maintained the original quality of this historic home, such as extensive wainscoting, hand carved chair rails, second-floor original wide pine floors and beamed ceilings.
The large impressive foyer is complete with gorgeous red fir wood floors and the original stairway. To the right, there is a nice-sized dining room with a fireplace for intimate dinner parties. The original glass cabinets butler’s pantry and an eat-in country kitchen are connected to the sunroom.
If you turned right at the foyer, you’ll enter into the 22-by-15 foot combined unique living room and the connecting parlor. The parlor is newly painted in a comfortable soft beige/gray, which flows into the bright cathedral ceiling. There is a newly painted family room, according to Becky Munro, listing agent for Halstead Property Connecticut, “with huge glass windows and built-ins, which also connects to the sunroom and glass doors open onto the country kitchen and the terrace.”
On the second floor, Munro said, the mainly original master suite connects to the sitting room with new walk-in closet.
“The super bonus of this wing is the high ceiling 16-by-18 foot ‘sleeping porch,’ with its three sides of windows jutting out into the cool air during those hot colonial nights,” Munro said.
Two more bedrooms and a full bath finish the second floor and lead to the top floor with three more bedrooms, a bath and office. Lots of bookshelves and storage fill the walls, Munro said.
Major improvements to this delightful home include a new roof in 2017, an oil burner and boiler were replaced in 2015 and there are new oil tanks and electric (now 200 amps) chimneys. The first and second floors were also recently finished. And the water pipes were replaced with copper and pex tubing. The driveway has been repaved and sealed.
Centrally located in the heart of Darien, this landmark is just steps away from schools, and approximately five minutes to the train station. It’s also just minutes to the Merritt Parkway and Interstate 95, yet you can enjoy wonderful privacy with 2 private acres, which back onto woods.
The home is architecturally beautiful and roomy for six bedrooms, Munro said.
“The house was designed to flow for entertaining, or to cuddle up in front of the big fire in the family room,” she said.
Listing agent: Becky Munro,
Halstead Property Connecticut, (203) 858-6182, Bmunro@halstead.com.
Address: 369 Middlesex Road, Darien
Price: $1.495 million
Features: This colonial built in 1756 features Old World artisan construction
blended with major improvements, including a new roof, a new boiler,
a repaved driveway and a recently finished first and second floors.
Schools: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle, and Darien High School.
Friday, March 10, 2017