The house at 26 Parsons Walk in Darien is dainty but has a magnificence to it. Part of that may simply be the ideal location or a combination of its looks and the large usable property on which it sits.
This road is close to commercial areas in both Noroton Heights and Darien proper, but it's as private as can be found. Further, this property is at the end of a long neighborhood road that ends with a circle around an old white pine tree.
The front yard is an enormous sweep of flat, wide open space, met on the west side by an old stone wall. There's a good sized driveway -- straight and flat -- that leads to the attached two-car garage and an extra arm to the left of that goes to another parking section that's separated from the backyard and pool by a high white wooden fence.
Over the garage, almost separate of the main house, is a brilliant rustic loft apartment with wood walls, a vaulted ceiling with skylights and built-in desk space.
But past the pachysandra patches and rhododendrons, the slate path leads to two adjacent entrances. The first is a narrow vintage door that still has a mail slot. This leads into a sunken living room with a giant fireplace that has a wide brick and wood hearth, along with a cinder hood. The south side of the room has sliding doors leading out to a covered patio that overlooks the pool.
The oval-shaped, in-ground pool, incidentally, has an adjacent changing house and is widely surrounded by a picket fence.
The living room leads up into a striking formal dining room, with wall-length windows that offer a grand view of the front yard, and a raised ceiling with tract lighting.
To the left is a bright kitchen, which has two skylights, which give southern exposure. The room is busy with cabinets and drawers, and has a full wall devoted to two large pantries. There's also a built-in island with polished black granite to counter the white cabinetry. Another door opens out to the patio from the kitchen.
The formal dining room has large bay windows that take advantage of the front view. A brick chimney of retro design is centered here.
Farther west, French doors lead back to an office room with gobs of shelf space, a recessed closet area and a private bathroom. This room has a door leading to one bedroom suite -- bright with southern-facing windows -- and a bathroom with double sinks, shower and a recessed window designed with a mini-skylight over its center.
This bedroom's other access is through another bedroom along the south side, which encompasses another suite. This rooms leads back to the main entrance.
The stairs lead out of the dining room, outside the kitchen, at the center of the structure. In what was likely once attic space -- probably part of a 2013 renovation -- a range of inviting rooms have been designed upstairs, centering around one particularly large central bedroom. Off this to the west is another room that features bunk beds recessed in the wall. Farther back is a full bath with a tub and good space for accoutrements.
Off the central upstairs room is a separate room with a skylight.
Throughout the house there are nice touches, such as a recessed cabinet area at the top of the stairs for storage of specialty knickknacks.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Nancy Dauk of Halstead Property at 203-858-1146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.