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On the market: A colossal surprise

Published 9:45 am, Friday, October 4, 2013

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  • The Colonial at 16 Raiders Lane in Darien has 12 rooms and six bedrooms, but its focal point is the spectacular view of Long Island Island. Photo: Contributed
    The Colonial at 16 Raiders Lane in Darien has 12 rooms and six bedrooms, but its focal point is the spectacular view of Long Island Island. Photo: Contributed

 

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About This House
ADDRESS: 16 Raiders Lane, Darien
PRICE: $3,695,000
STYLE: Colonial
YEAR BUILT: 1941
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 3,623
ACRES: 1.53
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
BEDROOMS: 6
FULL BATHROOMS: 5
FEATURES: Patio, three-car garage and barn, three fireplaces, hatch attic, screened-in porch
SCHOOLS: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
ASSESSMENT: $1,790,886
TAXES: $22,708
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Just wait until you see the view.

The house at 16 Raiders Lane in Darien is buried so far back in the Tokeneke area, it gives privacy a new name. But once you finally find it, it's a colossal surprise.

It's not a large house, but it's an elegant one. The hidden gravel driveway circles a small sycamore tree and leads to a separate barn, which has three car bays and a brass weathervane atop a vintage cupola.

The house itself -- a 1941 Colonial with a slate roof -- is fronted by a beautiful small porch with bougainvillea growing along several wooden arches.

More attention grabbing upon arrival is the subtle view through the front door, looking straight out back, where immediately is a sense of the view out over Long Island Sound.

The view is an extremely rare one for Fairfield County, for it looks down upon the bay at Scott Cove from a terrific height.

It's the kind of view one is much more likely to find on the West Coast, perhaps along Big Sur, than in Darien.

The bay is framed by ancient oaks and white pine and flourishing black locust tree in the backyard.

The salty air comes pleasantly across the distance, and the entire scene is something that looks to be more from a storybook.

The backyard itself is well-groomed, with lots of usable lawn and ivy gardens meandering throughout. The back patio is stone and brick and covers a good length.

Once inside, the wood floors and antique fixtures are beautiful and timeless.

To the right from the main entrance is a magnificent, albeit small, study, with two walls of dark wood bookshelves and a fireplace of brick set in the wood.

Further up the hall, to the right, is a bright living room with a fireplace opposite the study's. The room has an enormous bay window that frames the Sound view and features a length of window seat. The room has some built-in closets, which blend into the paneling. There's also a screened-in porch off the west side, with a slate floor.

Double doors to the left of the hall open into the dining room, which has two built-in cabinets with shelves that frame another large picture window looking south.

From here, through a large butler's pantry, is the kitchen. It's a comparatively small kitchen by today's standards, but ample and bright with southern exposure.

To one side is a cozy breakfast area surrounded by windows, with a glass door leading out back.

Along with a full laundry room to the back, there's a sunken den with another fireplace, paneling and lots of space.

The back stairs lead up to an east-side hall with two bedrooms and a bath. There are four others, including a large master that features a door out to a balcony.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Suzanne Okie of Halstead Property at 203-856-9719 or sokie@halstead.com.

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.