DARIEN — Last fall interior designers from Fairfield County forecast a different color palette for residential walls, one in particular saying people were moving away from the “gray blahs.” Some people have been slow to make the change while others, like the owners of the Georgian colonial at 40 Blueberry Lane, have embraced it.
Walk through the 8,336-square-foot, 16-room house and notice their subtle yet compelling colors; different yet complementary in each room. But don’t focus solely on the hue. There is much to appreciate in this house and throughout the 2.5-acre level property. It is adjacent to a ten-acre land trust, which augments the very private setting at the end of a cul-de-sac, midway down the horseshoe-shaped Blueberry Lane. And, there are underground utilities so the woodland view is not obstructed.
Travel down the long circular driveway lined in Belgium block to the white clapboard house with black shutters that was built in 2001 and see that it was designed for day-to-day living, entertaining and recreations, inside and out. At the far end of the backyard there is a chip shot practice putting green. Closer to the house is the heated in-ground swimming pool, spa, pool house, bluestone patio and fire pit.
Inside, the house features attractive finishes, and custom millwork, moldings, and cabinetry. The details begin right at the front door with decorative sidelights and a transom. The two-story foyer has a custom staircase, oval ceiling, rounded wainscot paneled walls, and a border of stenciled blueberry leaves on the random-width cherry wood flooring. The cherry floors are found throughout most of the house. The powder room has a marble floor and chestnut cabinetry.
In the formal living room there is a marble fireplace and multi-piece egg and dart crown molding. Two sets of shelves are built into a recessed wall. This wing of the main level also has a billiards room with a fireplace that has a Hawaiian Green marble surround and custom mantel, wet bar with seeded glass door fronts on the cabinetry, built-in bookshelves, and two window seats, a sunroom which has a stone fireplace, and a family room with a stone fireplace, a wall of antique American chestnut closets with slide-out DVD storage and sliding doors to the patio and pool.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Georgian Colonial
ADDRESS: 40 Blueberry Lane
FEATURES: private 2.58-acre level property, adjacent to a 10-acre land trust property, 3,000-bottle wine cellar, home theater, sound system, wet bar, putting green, heated in-ground swimming pool, spa, pool house, outdoor shower, hot tub, bluestone patio, underground utilities, automatic on/off stand-by generator, six fireplaces, stones sitting walls, invisible pet fencing, Lutron lighting system, circular driveway, cedar closet, central vacuuming system, in-house fire suppression sprinkler system, skylights, over-sized heated three-car garage, well water, five bedrooms, seven full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School
MILL RATE: 15.77 mills
The eat-in area between the family room and gourmet kitchen has a built-in window seat. Kitchen features include a wide center island with a breakfast bar, granite counters, and a sliding door to the pool area. Appliances include a Dacor six-burner range with a pot-filler and warming drawer, 48” Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Gaggenau steam/convection oven.
Between the kitchen and formal dining room is a good-size butler’s pantry with sink, glass-front cabinetry, counter space and Sub-Zero wine cooler and two refrigerator drawers. There are two built-in corner china cabinets in the dining room. In the mudroom there is cubby storage, a full bath with stackable laundry, and storage closets - one of which has French doors and chalkboard painting for doodling and family messages. There is a full laundry room on the second floor, where there are five bedrooms, all en suite.
The master has a cathedral ceiling with exposed American chestnut beams. There is a large sitting and dressing room that has a gas-fueled fireplace with a marble surround, three walk-in closets, and cedar closet. The marble bath has a radiant heat floor, steam shower and spa tub.
A possible sixth bedroom could be accommodated on the finished third floor. This bonus room has a full bath and additional storage.
On the lower level there is a home theater with a wood-burning fireplace, and a 3,000-bottle wine cellar.
The house was designed to accommodate an elevator that would stop on three levels.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Holly Saunders Hawes and David K. Hawes of The Hawes Team/Halstead Property, Holly at 203-858-5538 or David at 203-856-4775, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 13, 2016