The rarefied Darien address of this unique eight-bedroom estate puts it in an enviable position, directly on Noroton Harbor, on the coast of the Long Island Sound, where views of the dazzling water are uninterrupted. Clear evenings reveal views of the Manhattan skyline and twinkling lights. The home’s original footprint was created in 1915, when many of its classical formal spaces took shape beneath a timeless pitched slate roof and within cream-colored stucco walls. In later years, a contemporary addition increased the light-filled living and entertaining spaces. Nearly everywhere now, lines are clean and stylish, and windows admit captivating vistas. The generous public spaces include formal living and dining rooms with elegant moldings, handsome fireplaces, expanses of glass with window seats, and other tastefully subdued details. Radiating warmth and welcome is the media room, which features a fireplace and a lengthy cushioned window seat and breakfast area. In the impressive chef’s kitchen, a marble-topped island offers seating for informal entertaining, walls are lined with sleek white cabinetry, appliances are both professional grade and stylish, a wide window looks out toward the water, and one of two butler’s pantries adjoins. Along the rear of the home, facing the harbor, is a contemporary outdoor living area with steel beams overhead, a warming fireplace, and relaxing water views. Beyond, a rolling lawn stretches to the water’s edge. Eight restful bedrooms and several well-designed baths are secluded on the second level. The lavish master suite boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, his and her walk-in closets and baths, access to a private deck, a fireplace, a sitting area, and an office. On the uppermost level are the game room, a fitness room, an art studio or office, and an indoor miniature basketball court. Steps from the home amid the emerald lawn is an alluring swimming pool surrounded by a sun-soaked terrace. The estate also benefits from a coveted private dock. Elsewhere on the idyllic 4.2-acre grounds are mature trees, manicured boxwood and privet hedges, a perennial garden, and a tennis court. This country retreat affords a rare opportunity to enjoy waterside living in a distinctive home that blends the best of Old and New World architectural styles.
$18,900,000 / 163 Pear Tree Point Road, Darien, CT 06820