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January here we come!

December 31, 2015

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VIVRE LA FRANCE

November 14, 2015

Paris Strong

 

 

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This Christmas put a contract in your stocking!

November 10, 2015
Catapulting to new levels of "LOVE this"

Catapulting to new levels of “we LOVE this”. White stone pebbles cover the driveway.  The approach is stunning.

174 Long Neck Point Road will be the gift this Christmas that keeps on giving. What a spectacular example of “all the rooms you need”.  Originally designed by Wadia Associates, this house has been renovated to a truly sophisticated level with a clear understanding of a classic european aesthetic. The quality and the choice of materials here distinguish this house from the other’s on the market today. (In the price range, of course). Four bedrooms, four full and two half baths, sited on one acre, walking distance to Pear Tree Beach and the Boat Club.  Asking $4,295,000. Offered through William Pitt/Sothebys in Darien. LISTING HAS EXPIRED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS PROPERTY, PLEASE CALL US.

 

Just so wonderful here. Shutters are imported from France.

Just so wonderful here. Shutters are imported from France. The front door is perfection, not to mention the door knocker… yet another heavy weight in this equation.

 

To give you a sense of the geography.

To give you a sense of the geography. Not a bad spot. See the tile roof?

 

Front Hall with light and space that stets the tone for the rest of the house. Grand and entirely livable.

Front Hall with light and space that stets the tone for the rest of the house. Grand and entirely livable.

 

perfectly proportioned dining room with stunning doors and windows from Tessler. Quality shines bright.

Perfectly proportioned dining room with stunning windows and doors made by Tischler. 12 foot ceilings with 9 foot doors… it really makes a big difference. Quality always shines bright.

 

Entertaining here is not for lightweights. This is a fabulous space for any party.

Entertaining here is not for lightweights. This is a fabulous space for any party. And just look at the doors!

 

A superior pair job throughout the house stands out.

A superior paint job throughout the house stands out.

 

Beautiful french details in a kitchen that will stand the test of time. Quality always does.

Beautiful details in a kitchen that will stand the test of time and trend. The mantlepiece was brought over from France, and the Delft tile over the stove is very special.  House Beautiful got it right when they named this “kitchen of the month”.

 

The "eat-in" part of the kitchen and off to the left are the stairs to the family room.

The “eat-in” part of the kitchen, and off to the left are the stairs to the family room. It’s all so civilized.

 

Favorite room in the house. And not a bad bedroom either. A view facing South West will keep you on the terrace in the early evenings.

A beautiful room that can be used for a bedroom or a study. A view facing South West will keep you on the terrace in the early evenings.

 

We love this master. A square room with stunning views. And the COLOR! such a beautiful choice for a master.

We love this master. A square room with beautiful views. And the COLOR! such a beautiful choice for a master.

 

In the details.

The bathroom shot (you are asking)? Yes. It’s all in the details -choice of hardware. Simple and classic.

 

Gardens

Maze like Gardens that create places to go and enjoy a private setting.

 

spectacular

Spectacular point de vue.  While our bold and beautiful flag flies high here, there is a moment when you walk out onto the terrace over looking the pool you might be transported to your favorite Mediterranean “hide-away”.

 

A rose garden

It’s hard to know where you are when you are back here. Although I am sure you are not guessing France, there is such a wonderful european influence back here, and everywhere.

 

If you are thinking about making a change from the Connecticut classic it is worth taking a look at this very special house.  It is a unique opportunity on the market today.  You will have the pleasure of living along the Connecticut coast line with all the “je ne said quoi” you want.  Call us!  We would love to show this exceptional gem.

 

 

If you are working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.  All photos are courtesy of William Pitt/Sotheby’s in Darien.

Not Your Mother’s Connecticut Colonial

November 2, 2015

You may have seen our fabulous new listing on our Facebook page, but if you have not we have to say that it is indeed “bringing it” to the Fall market.  A collaboration between our seller and her Westport architect, the end result is the ultimate modern, chic farmhouse. Simply gorgeous. Six bedrooms, six and one half baths, a pool and private beach, all privately tucked away on Brush Island.  If you are looking for a new and exceptional way of life in Darien, this might be it.  Our exclusive listing through Houlihan Lawrence/Darien.  Asking $5,995,000.

25 Brush Island is situated on a little over one acre with spectacular views of Holly Pond and Long Island Sound.

25 Brush Island is situated on a little over one acre with spectacular views of Holly Pond and Long Island Sound.

 

Luxury and Privacy all wrapped into the perfect Darien location

Luxury and privacy all wrapped into the perfect Darien location

 

Custom iron front door. Made by Manhattan Iron based in Arkansas (with an office in Brooklyn)

Custom iron front door. Made by Manhattan Iron based in Arkansas (with an office in Brooklyn).

 

Windows everywhere bring in the light at all times of the day.

Windows everywhere bring in the light at all times of the day.

 

custom color on the floors bring out a perfect tone in the floors.

Custom color brings out a perfect tone on the floors throughout the house.

 

Custom millwork and an Asian honed marble for counters and backsplash. It has an exception impact in the kitchen.

Custom millwork and an Asian honed marble for counters and backsplash. It makes an exceptional impact in the kitchen.

 

Beautiful family room with french doors out to the terraces and pool.

Beautiful family room with french doors out to the terraces and pool.

 

Love this bar with the Moroccan tiles up the entire height of the back wall. The counter is concrete mixed with a custom color.

Love this bar with the Moroccan tiles up the entire height of the back wall. The counter is concrete mixed with a custom color.

 

South West views will bring exceptional sunsets to the Master bedroom.

South West views will bring unparalled sunsets to the Master bedroom.

 

Actually, you will probably want to soak in the tub and enjoy the views!

Actually, you will probably want to soak in the tub and enjoy the views in the Master bath!

 

The chicest mudroom.

The chicest mudroom.

 

You will spend all your time out on the terrace, either enjoying the fire or dining al fresco. Simple fabulous.

You will spend all your time out on the terrace, either enjoying the fire or dining al fresco. Simply fabulous.

 

Have you seen this anywhere else in town?

Have you seen this anywhere else in town?

 

Cocktails anyone?

Cocktails anyone?

 

Down at the beach.

Down at the beach, and out to the boat. Speed off onto Long Island Sound.

 

 

If you would like to see this “game changer” of a house, please call us.  We love showing it!  If you want your agent to show you, have them call us to set up the appointment!

 

 

 

Rowayton House Tour

September 18, 2015

The Rowayton Civic Association hosted their semi-annual House Tour today. An absolutely glorious selection of Belle Island Beauties. And so well organized. What a day!  Thank you RCA for a wonderful event.

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If you didn’t get there this year, you have a lot to look forward to the next time.

1 Peabody Lane

September 10, 2015

 

1 Peabody Lane welcomes you.

1 Peabody Lane welcomes you. New cedar roof, and real wood shutters flank the colonial set in the center of Salem Straits. It has great curb appeal.

1 Peabody Lane in Salem Straits had a renovation in 2011 and the end result is absolutely perfect for someone looking for a bright and comfortable house that oozes “easy living”.   And, if you love China Seas, grass cloth and all things “at home in Fairfield County”, you are in luck. This house will have you at the front door. It is completely ‘move -in ready’. Five bedrooms, four and one half baths, with approximately 4,900 square feet of living space. Salem Straits Association includes a private beach down in Scott’s Cove, and an association boat dock that has direct access to Long Island Sound. Was asking $3,250,000 listed by Houlihan Lawrence in Darien. SOLD

A generous sized entry that allows for bold wall paper, such as the tried and true by China Seas.

A generous sized entry that allows for bold wall paper, such as this perennial favorite by China Seas.

Everything feels so fresh in this house. I dont think you will notice winter in this house.

Everything feels so fresh and familiar in this house. You will feel right at home here.

This room draws you in like a moth to the flame. It feel so inviting and acts as a great "eat in" off the kitchen.

This room draws you in like a moth to the flame. It is nice to have a dining room that is not only comfortable at night.

Really like the Juliska touch

Really like the Juliska touch.  Those hanging lights always look great.

Love the master wall to wall carpet. It is a really beautiful XXX. It feels very peaceful in here.

The master wall to wall carpet creates a cool and serene spot, as well as a bit of cozy, for the end of the day.

To give you an idea of the lay out; first floor.

To give you an idea of the lay out; first floor.

 

second floor

second floor

 

Third floor

Third floor

 

Now that the trees are blooming and the bulbs are popping up it is so much nicer to go look at real estate!  If you would like to see this house, we would love to show it to you.

 

 

 

 

If you are currently working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.

 

 

 

 

 

117 West Avenue

September 10, 2015
Fabulous location, close to trains and shopping.

Fabulous location, close to trains and shopping.

RUN, DO NOT WALK to this fabulous listing.  With your check book. And a Binder. There may be a line, but get in it. This one is worth it. It is the most fabulous little gem we have seen in a long time.  Asking $1,299,000, offered by Linda Malpass at Sotheby’s/Darien office. SOLD and CLOSED

Great combination of wallpaper and fabric.

Great combination of wallpaper and fabric. The listing says “blinds” are included.  Really keeping my fingers crossed that those are considered blinds!

 

Totally renovated in the highest quality and style. A turn key opportunity for you.

Totally renovated in the highest quality and style. A turn key opportunity for you.

 

And, there is a charming garden.

And, there is a charming garden.

 

If you are currently working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.  If you would like to see this listing, call us.  We would LOVE to show it.

 

 

Photos courtesy of MLS/Sotheby’s

 

 

 

Go back and take a look at 17 Miller

August 28, 2015

 

Great curb appeal here at 17 Miller Road. They have beautifully laid Belgian Block along the walkway to the front and side door.

Great curb appeal here at 17 Miller Road. They have beautifully laid Belgian Block along the walkway to the front and side door.

17 Miller Road is a perfect house for someone in this price point.  Done beautifully; all the rooms you need plus more, along with a nice deck (looks new) and a lovely back garden with a play space. Close to schools and convenient to trains on quiet a cul-de-sac. Does this sound like suburban perfection? Well, I think it might be… Four bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath, with approximately 3000 square feet of living space. All renovations and updates are “green certified” :). Asking $1,469,000 through Houlihan Lawrence. SOLD

Simple is always best. Soothing colors throughout the house make for a very welcoming and comfortable house.

Simple is always best. Soothing colors throughout the house make for a very welcoming and comfortable house.

A family room that doesn't have to suffer the consequences of being in the kitchen!

A family room that doesn’t have to suffer the consequences of being in the kitchen!

so comfortable.

so comfortable.

The Master is a great size. Not too big, yet gracious.

The Master is a great size. Not too big, yet gracious.

And the three other bedrooms are equally substantial.

And the three other bedrooms are equally substantial.

More space upstairs that you will use and use!

More space that you will use and use!

The rest of the room.

Where rainy days will pass with lots of fun.

The floor plan

The floor plan

second floor

second floor

Third floor

Third floor

 

Don’t think this will last long on the market.  If you would like to see it, we would love to show it to you!

 

 

 

If you are working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.

Join us for the 3rd Annual Chili Challenge at the Darien Nature Center

August 26, 2015

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One of the many things we love about Darien and our community is the Darien Nature Center.  We hope you will join us for The Darien Nature Center’s 3rd Annual Chili Challenge.  They  have 11 local restaurants competing for the best chili title as well as the addition of Darien’s 3 local fire departments, a fantastic panel of judges, live music courtesy of Gunsmoke, spirits, games, bull riding and an amazing silent auction! Also, additional culinary tastings courtesy of the Darien Cheese Shop, Whole Foods and El Paceritas Taco Truck.

So, please mark your calendars, purchase your tickets, polish your boots and get ready for a fabulous, festive and exciting night at the Darien Nature Center this fall! All proceeds support the Darien Nature Center’s ongoing operations including animal rescue, children’s programs, camps, environmental education and special events.

Tickets are $125 in advance… and $150 at the door. To purchase tickets and get further information, please visit: http://dariennaturecenter.org/exhibits-and-events/upcoming-events/3969-2/

It is guaranteed to be a fun night so we hope to see you there!

Small Spaces – PRICE REDUCED

August 25, 2015

Consider this  “jewel box”. 204 Middlesex Road, listed by Houlihan Lawrence asking $1,049,000. (Original price was $1,125,000). Located close to town and trains, this little gem is waiting for you to fall in love!  What you get is all the rooms you need and space for a fabulous garden.  Four bedrooms, two baths, and a beautiful kitchen.  This is a must see as a new Fall market approaches! TEMP. OFF THE MARKET

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204 Middlesex had BIG potential for chic small spaces. Built in 1938, this bungalow has four bedrooms, two full baths and a fabulous back yard for gardening. Open up to the idea that big is not better.

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Did you read the July/August 2015 issue of House Beautiful? Lots of great ideas for small spaces. It’s very possible to live BIG in your own Jewel Box.

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204 Middlesex is “move in” ready. A clean palate for your favorite fabric. Don’t forget to place the curtain rods as close to the ceiling as possible to help the room seem taller!

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Including a fireplace which will make for cozy winter evenings! I think I see the perfect opportunity to add a little Oomph here!

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Beautiful kitchen with professional grade appliances. I have visions of the fabric from Albert Hadley’s collection, “fireworks” in red for a pop of color here. (Fireworks is available at Hinson & Co.)

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Fireworks“. Fabulous in the kitchen! Clean and chic.

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Family room off the kitchen. Go bold and put a dark color on the walls. It will actually help open up the space! A dark charcoal – perhaps Down Pipe 26 by Farrow & Ball – on the walls would look fabulous with the red “fireworks” window treatment here.

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Imagine what you could do here! I see a gorgeous spot in the garden for entertaining.

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Cant you see it! The garden ideas are endless. (From my pintrest board).

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All the rooms you need in a great location!

 

If you would like to see this house, please give us a call.  If you are currently working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.

 

 

 

Done Deal-46 Carter Street, New Canaan

August 11, 2015

46 Carter Street in New Canaan was sold to a client looking for loads of room in a convenient location.  This home has 4 bedrooms, a giant playroom (that they are going to turn into an au pair suite), and almost an acre for $875,000.

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This is the front porch and it also runs along the side. Great times to enjoy a summer evening.

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ISl2w4yge6agk61000000000We are happy that our clients are enjoying their summer days in this gorgeous backyard.

 

 

 

Elle est absolument charmante

June 16, 2015

But, it is not in France!  It is perfectly and centrally located in the hamlet we call Rowayton.  48 Rowayton Avenue has six bedrooms, three and a half baths, three sensational stone fireplaces and all the charm one expects in a 1920’s cottage. SOLD and CLOSED

In the Rowayton Beach Association, 48 Rowayton Avenue is a jewel box.

In the Rowayton Beach Association, 48 Rowayton Avenue is a jewel box.

Walk into a cozy, charming antique house with all the modern amenities you want.

Walk into a cozy, charming antique house with all the modern amenities you expect.

Comfortable and surprisingly spacious. Imagine those winter nights in front of that fireplace!

Comfortable and surprisingly spacious. Imagine those winter nights in front of that fireplace!

Always fond of a good orange...

Always fond of a good orange wall…

The master offers a sanctuary with its own fireplace and sitting room.

The master offers a sanctuary with its own fireplace and sitting room. There are five other nice sized bedrooms in the house.

The view from the room you always spend the most time in… the kitchen. Another fantastic fireplace and open family room.

The view from the room you always spend the most time in… the kitchen. Another fantastic fireplace and open family room. Love that peek-a-boo tv!

The Floorplans

The Floor plans

Second floor

Second floor

Third floor would make a great office space.

Third floor would make a great office space as well.

 

This is fabulous opportunity in Rowayton, with access to the private beach association.  Walk to town, walk to beach and walk to Rowayton Seafood! Six bedrooms, three full and one and a half baths, loaded with reclaimed wood details. Listed by Houlihan Lawrence, asking $1,825,000. If you are looking in Rowayton, this is not to be missed.

 

 

If you would like to see this house, call us.

 

If you are currently working with another agent, this is not a solicitation.

24 Overbrook

May 23, 2015
24 Overbrook listed by Houlihan Lawrence

24 Overbrook listed by Houlihan Lawrence

24 Overbrook is super chic and the perfect combination of ‘at home in the suburbs’ while not caving into the standard issue “preppy” way of living so many slip into once they make the jump from Downtown to Darien.  Asking $2,875,000 this five bedroom, five full and two half bath house oozes a sleek and chic way of living.  Love Love it. SOLD AND CLOSED.

A gorgeous flat back yard

A gorgeous flat back yard

Enough space out there for a pool

Enough space out there for a pool

Keeping chic alive

Keeping chic alive

Beautiful materials used here and throughout

Beautiful materials used here and throughout

A 'not just for the kids' playspace

A ‘not just for the kids’ play space

The floor plan

The floor plan

Love the way the bedrooms are spread out. A lot of private for everyone

Love the way the bedrooms are spread out. A lot of private for everyone

A lot of space here

A lot of space here

 

Call us for a private showing!

Just Dreamy

May 11, 2015
461 Middlesex is perfection on the 14th Hole.

461 Middlesex is perfection. Yes, right here on Middlesex. Not Surrey. And, that creeping hydrangea is to die for!

Gracious. Grand and unpretentious. What else are you looking for?

Gracious. Grand and unpretentious. What else are you looking for?

Situated on several acres, and set far back from the road, 461 Middlesex Road is the house that offers sophisticated yet casual, unpretentious yet gracious living right in the middle of Darien.  In fact, it is overlooking the 14th hole at Wee Burn Country Club. SOLD AND CLOSED.

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Pretty dreamy, right? And it is one of the few spots in town you will not hear the highway.

It is certainly one of the most special houses we have seen. Six bedrooms, six and a half baths, ceiling height, big windows, beautiful floors, and bones bones bones. You can imagine all the bells ringing at Real in Darien when this came on the market. Listed by Houlihan Lawrence, asking $4,250,000. SALE PENDING 

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It all just feels so lovely. Starting right here in the entry.

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Who doesn’t need a winding staircase like this!

I love this photograph (House & Garden 2015) and pictured instantly as I looked up the stairs at 461 Middlesex.

I love this photograph (House & Garden 2015) and thought of it instantly as I looked up the stairs at 461 Middlesex.

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A fabulous room overlooking the 14th hole at Wee Burn. I have been looking through some Jeffrey Bilhuber books lately; some call him the modern day Billy Baldwin. He would be a fabulous choice for this house.

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You will be hosting Thanksgiving for EVERYONE here. What a room for a party! Lacquer those walls in your favorite color et voila!

This would be fabulous in the library. (House & Garden)

I thought of this vignette as I stood in the library at 461 Middlesex. We don’t often see rooms/houses that can handle such fabulous scale.  (House & Garden 2015)

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open to the terraces on two sides, and out to the pool. A kitchen where you will find yourself as happy as any other room in the house.

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Super ceiling height. Of course our readers know by now that we are always looking for that!

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Third floor “teen” room they may never come down from. When they are all home from school, it will be a “go to” spot for them all. There is a full bath up here so it is perfect for friends who end up staying over.

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You will need this cave since this is truly a house for entertaining. Start collecting.

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Vodka Tonic anyone?

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Access from the kitchen on this side and will make for wonderful summer pool parties.

Pretty dreamy, right!

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We love the floor plans. Always look at the floor plans.

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Playroom, or another bedroom. Either way it is wonderful space.

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This is truly one of a kind here in town.  (yes there are others but they are not on the market). WE LOVE THIS HOUSE!

18 Fairmead – The lifestyle part II

May 11, 2015
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Julie Murphy holding the Dowager, one of her three chickens.

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A beautiful garden fenced in for the chickens.

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Free Range.

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A new addition to the garden, with four varieties of apples!

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She is laying an egg!!

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Once upon a time there was a basement, and it was transformed into a mudroom and living space like no other!

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Mudroom hooks and storage

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The details.

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NO ONE would have imagined the transformation.

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The floors have radiant heat.

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Movie night here would be just fine, thank you.

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Even the required egress is fab!

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Crafts room for the kids.

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Everything those little creative minds need!

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Thanks Julie for letting us into your amazing home. We cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve!