Posts Tagged ‘Briar Brae’


Monday, March 17, 2014

That is, I love all the real estate that is coming on the market!  In particular…we saw a few good listings out on the “Open House” trail last week.

401 Mansfield Avenue offered at $2,295,000. This house was on a house tour a while back and it warmed my freezing toes yesterday to walk into what I remembered to be the most welcoming and comfortable house in town. A fabulous renovation transformed this farmhouse into a super relaxed “shabby chic” home with all the top of the line comforts a Darien creature yearns for.  This owner knows what she is doing (full disclosure, that “she” is Lisa Moseley at Kelly Associates) .  So, if you have been looking for “this old house” that is move-in ready THIS IS IT! (CONTRACT SIGNED)


A wonderful old farm house with a quintessential front porch. Not in Vermont.


Wide floor boards custom to the room extend into the comfortable and chic “family” room.


A nice entertaining flow allows for the “crowd that hangs” in the kitchen without being to far from the rest of the party.


Best room in the house.  Beautiful stone floors in this four season sun room.


8 Briar Brae listed at $1,795,000 listed with Pat Redican at Kelly Associates.   A recent renovation added a lot of extra space that includes a few new bedrooms and fabulous study off the living room. Actually, its the paint color that is fabulous but it is a very nice study. Extra closets (including a a very large walk in for the master bedroom), an upstairs laundry were also added to the expansion… the list goes on.  This house is done and is ready for the buyer looking for the “next step” in space.  A fabulous opportunity to move right in is waiting here in the “sweet spot” of price points! (SOLD at $1,760,000 – 5/14).

Sitting high off the road, 8 Briar Brae is

Sitting high off the road, 8 Briar Brae has exactly what a family is looking for. SPACE!


VERY chic. Ready for some decorating flair.


If you didn’t like pink before, you will now.  WOW! This really works in the kids bath.  It pops off the wall in a surprisingly sophisticated way.


Adorable, in a David Netto col, chic and “who wouldn’t want this nursery” way!


5 Plymouth Road, listed for $1,895,000.  It is virtually impossible to get into The Bay for under $2M these days – at least if you want views and space.  Here is your chance.  To be honest, you will want to put your own stamp on the place, but you can’t find this kind of opportunity right now for this price so close to the water anywhere else.  By the looks of what is going on down there, this will be your last chance at a house of this size at this price.  Offered by Sheree Frank at Kelly Associates. (SOLD at $1,790,000 – 6/14)

Here is your chance!  A perfect summer get a way, and a chance to be a part of those famous Halloween nights in Noroton Bay!

Here is your chance! A perfect summer get a way, and a chance to be a part of those famous Halloween nights in Noroton Bay!


A nice open living space, great for causal summer living. Bring Lynn Morgan over from neighboring Rowayton and you will transform this place into a beach/waterfront paradise!

Sort of like this....

Sort of like this….(photo curtesy of Lynn Morgan Design)


This could be what your Friday night looks like! Nice place to sit after a long week. (photo curtesy of Lynn Morgan Design)


Great views out over Pear Tree Point. (Yes, it’s out there…)


Worth a look!


5 Salem Straits brings us back to our  “Secret Garden” blog in 2012.  Location Location Location as the old saying goes. This is absolutely one of our favorite houses EVER to hit the market in Darien.  If you read this blog regularly then you will probably understand this house sits in rare company in our minds. It’s a house that simply brings pleasure to show, and I am certain will bring pleasure to live in! It is back on again (owner took it off the last time), asking $3,795,000. Offered by Maggie Marchese at Kelly Associates. (TEMPORARILY OFF MARKET)


No need to go on again about this gem. This picture says 1000 words. If you would like to see it, we would love to show it to you.


7 North Road, WOWOWOWZA!  What a house.  It goes without saying the location is fabulous, but, more importantly, it has a great feeling on the inside.  It feels lived in and comfortable, unpretentious yet super cool.  The views from all sides of the house will knock your socks off.  Even the howling wind on this freezing day (3/13/14) warmed my heart! The best part is the “Surf Shack” or “boat house” where summer days will spent sunning on the deck and jumping off the dock.  A must see if you are “surfing” in this price range.  Asking price $5,250,000. Offered by Doug Milne at Kelly Associates. (SOLD at $4,908,500 – 7/14)


Nothing like waterfront on Butler’s Island



Photographs never do enough. This is a fabulous and relaxing room off the kitchen. Keeping it Real!


Dare I say a fabulous kitchen!


A gorgeous spot at the bottom of Tokeneke.


Half way through March and we are starting to see signs of a Spring market. Better late than never!  Inventory is moving fast in certain price ranges ( Linden, Briar Brae) so if you are interested in looking at what is out there, we would love to show you.




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


On top of Briar Brae

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Classic Connecticut colonial is what comes to mind when you think about real estate in Darien.  19 Briar Brae delivers just that.  SO tidy, SO nicely set up, and and a BRAND NEW FAB MASTER BATH!  (We haven’t seen one of these since Oak Park).  The light was pouring in throughout the house on the morning I saw it.  Yes, even in January/February you feel the light streaming in. The house sits high on the hill, and has a terrific FLAT yard.  Consider this 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath house if you want something absolutely move-in ready.  Asking $1,749,000. Listed by Ellen McCue at Kelly Associates. THIS PROPERTY HAS AN ACCEPTED OFFER AND IS NOT BEING SHOWN.

Top O'Hill

Top O’Hill.  I can see a coat of Tennis Court White and some pale ocean green shutters.  Check out Farrow & Ball’s new colors this season.

front hall

There are a lot of nice details to work with, including the arched doorway into the living room.


Its a bright red, but what would Mary McDonald do?  A little black, a little orange, a little chinoiserie chic! And, note the arched door here.


This is a nice clean palate to work with for some great decorating. I was recently reminded how fabulous Brunschwig’s “La Portugaise” is. Might look great in this room. A classic that lives on.  Thank you Albert…


Fabulous size for a master bedroom. The fireplace is a nice detail, but what’s really important is the master bath that is brand new. It’s so new it wasn’t ready for the photos! I saw the space. It’s great!


Oh yes, the flat back yard! The stone wall is another detail not to be over looked.


One of the three other bedrooms. Each is in tip top shape, very tidy, very ready for all those toys (I saw absolutely no hand marks or crayon marks on the walls. WOW!)


The “great” room, off the kitchen.  Meg Braff has some gorgeous wall papers that would look fabulous in this room. She’s got one called Sporting D’ete that would be perfect. The double doors lead out to the terrace.


The kitchen is in great shape and is a good working space for someone who likes to cook. One of those Oomph lanterns would look amazing here!

It so rare to find a place that you can just move into and start decorating.  The possibilities are endless.  The other bonus here is that it is a straight shot up to New Canaan’s Waveny Park, and Elm Street shopping.  Kind of nice to have Darien’s conveniences and New Canaan so easily accessible.

The Spring market is heating up so get a move on!  Check this one out if you are looking for a house with lots of  space (and bathrooms!  there are 3 1/2!).

If you would like to see this house, please call us.  We would love to show it!

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