New Kids On—Darien’s—Block

Photos from Berkshire Hathaway

The appeal of 320 Brookside Road goes beyond the fact that the home was constructed recently, in 2006, according to Libby Mattson, a Berkshire Hathaway sales exec, who has the listing.

“The home exudes a casual elegance and gracious welcome,” she says.

With an incredible 11,000 total square feet, four garage bays, seven bedrooms, six full (and three half-) baths, and a “light-drenched gourmet kitchen with cathedral ceiling and cupola,” it’s also nothing short of exquisite.

In addition, the $6,250,000 price tag nets you a breakfast room, walk-in and butler’s pantry near the Jack Franzen-designed kitchen; cedar and stone siding, a slate roof; copper gutters; oak-wood flooring; a balcony; and an American-style detached barn.

In total, the vast colonial’s 19 rooms—some with 10-foot ceilings—are effortlessly accommodating. And that kitchen, a “cook’s dream,” comes with a pair of ovens, and Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. Oenophiles will also adore the large, temporized wine cooler. The “baking experience of a lifetime,” Mattson notes, is enhanced by custom-designed cabinets, and an oversized antique walnut center island with Calacatta marble countertops.

But while the kitchen may be a standout, the master suite also boasts two walk-ins and a bath with a steam shower and vanity that are stunning.

However, Mattson summarizes the home’s appeal with a balanced, simple phrase, saying it “embraces the past but is designed for the future.”

Exactly.


On the same block, at 235 Brookside Road, you can buy a home built in 2001 with 13 total rooms—seven bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths—on four acres of prime Darien land.

“Although well-appointed, with high-end finishes, this home feels down-to-earth,” says Nora McILree, also of Berkshire Hathaway.

And, at $2,540,000, the ideal spot it provides—close to town, yet just far enough for perfect privacy—is “the opposite of pretentious,” McIlree continues. “At the same time, it offers four finished levels…a library, a bonus room and a large stone patio, which opens out from the kitchen and family rooms.”

You can also enjoy the breezes and views from the comforts of a balcony, a lot (with trees), and the peace of its truly wooded, secluded surroundings. An ultra-modern spot, it still boasts an unobstructed view of the fairways of the Country Club of Darien—and yes, you can drive a cart to tee off, if you’re a member.

The home’s 4,300 square feet come equipped with a finished attic and eat-in kitchen (and an island, too). The house also is in-loaded with an ecological boon, surrounded as it is on two sides by Darien Conservation Land, McIlree points out.

So, those acres of private coziness and woodsy views come with the added satisfaction that you are leaving a light environmental footprint, and living in a haven within heaven itself.

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