Not all houses need to feature enormous amounts of square footage and extensively revamped renovations. Sometimes a house can just be a simple, solid construction on an exquisite parcel of land, and that can be enough.
The 54-year-old home at 11 Tokeneke Trail in Darien has housed just one family, but is now ready for the next chapter. The location is the part of town where trees have matured around some stately homes, versus those clear-cut areas where houses seem to have been placed on barren parcels and made to look livable with a perfunctory sprinkling of affordable shrubs.
In fact, the grounds at the house, which was built on a hilltop ledge, are terrific. At almost 2 acres, the south side contains a combination of lawn and trees, along with a koi pond, while the backyard features a Japanese-style garden. It's a quiet property with lots of privacy along with a slate patio. The north side of the building includes a long stretch of wide steps with an almost Art Deco-style banister, which descends to the left of the long driveway.
The house features a retro-brick exterior, and is fronted by a Roman-style facade with Doric pillars at the end of a gradually climbing slate walkway, featuring two large old-fashioned lampposts.
In the entryway is a marble tile floor under a two-story-high ceiling with a crystal chandelier. To the right is a zigzag staircase, which leads to a second floor that is largely unnoticeable from outside. Straight ahead is a large sunken living room with a fireplace and a view out back by way of an extended space that constitutes a sort of attached sunroom, with generous windows and a separation from the main area.
The living room is joined to a wet bar through a clever open servicing window. Floor-to-ceiling built-ins are part of a pass-through area that leads into the adjacent dining room, which also has a fireplace, a wood floor, and a similar -- albeit smaller -- extended sun area toward the back.
The kitchen, with its granite counters, offers an adequate workplace and a clean, usable environment. An attached breakfast area is met with a serving window from the main kitchen, and opens back into the entranceway. To the back of the kitchen is a delivery entrance hallway, which features lots of storage cabinets and a door beside the attached two-car garage.
To the right of the entryway are two of the bedrooms, including the master, along with an extra bathroom. There are lots of closets. The master bathroom features both a shower and a bidet. There's also a door out to a south side patio from the master, as well as a built-in wall safe.
Upstairs, the bedrooms have sufficient room and are clean and inviting. At either end of the upstairs are two large walk-in attic areas, which seem to be begging to be pushed up and made into livable space. The basement is unfinished and not too large, but features a half-bath and sufficient storage -- another potential point for some changes when the next family comes to call this place home.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Melinda Beardsley of Halstead Property at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-561-5780.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.