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We are back… and this one is a “doozie”!

Friday, February 12, 2016

This is THE quintessential “House on The Avenue”.  Built in 1910, and renovated to perfection, 138 Mansfield sets a tone for “in town” living in Darien we love. Of course, most people associate a house of such stature to be situated by the water, or inside one of our “Associations” but that is part of what makes it so great! It is not!  This gorgeous house is walking distance to town and the train, across the street from school yet still offers a gracious and private compound with only the most bespoke attention to detail in it’s construction. Five bedrooms, four full and two half baths, approximately 6050 square feet (not including a fabulous finished basement).  Asking 4,895,000 offered by Houlihan Lawrence. HOUSE IS TEMP OFF THE MARKET as of 3/22/16.

138 Mansfield Avenue. An Iconic residence renovated to perfection.

138 Mansfield Avenue. An Iconic residence on Mansfield Avenue renovated with the most discerning eye.

Simple and beautiful front door with hardware

A Simple and beautiful front door with hardware to match. A terrific floor plan that offers flow from one room to the other with ease and clearly defined spaces. Note the Walnut wide plank floors.

Original staircase and details remain from when the house was built.

Original staircase and details remain adding to this house’s uniqueness in this Spring market.

Large and welcoming. A living room that could be formal or not… Refreshingly informal

Large and welcoming. A living room that could be formal or not…Loving the informality of it all.

The windows are custom with single panes. You just don't see this kind of attention to detail in most houses. Not since Shagbark have we noticed such attention to detail.

The custom antique glass windows in every room “twinkle” – they are so pretty.  Not since Shagbark have we noted all this bespoke detail under one roof.

The kitchen not only

The Charles Edwards lanterns hang above the island in the sun drenched kitchen. All the light fixtures, and hardware, in this house are of the highest quality and timeless in design.

sitting room in the kitchen

Sitting room in the kitchen. No, it’s not for all the kids to sit around and watch TV while dinner is made.  It is a beautiful, informal place to gather and sit by the fire and talk (or enjoy your book).  So lovely.


As you can see, even in a house built in 1910, there is still a feeling of “openness” so that when you walk in the front door you are immediately drawn into the heart of the home.

Third floor offer a place for "hanging out"

Third floor offers a place for “hanging out”. For your guests, or anyone in the house.  An excellent use of the space, you will find a guest room, an office and a place to watch The Masters.

An office, or an additional guest room. Beautiful proportions and fireplace on the third floor.

A study, or an additional guest room. There is a full bath off the study. Beautiful proportions and fireplace on the third floor.


The Architect, Matthew R, Dougherty, understood exactly how to keep the integrity of the old colonial yet create a stunning home for today’s modern living. LOVE that they made the kitchen such a beautiful part of the renovation.  Those windows!


Gardens, fenced in pool area and pool house all in a private back compound in back of the house.


Towels, shower, little pool house to complete this beauty.













This is a particularly special listing in this Spring market.  It is a “must see” for anyone who is looking in this price range. The quality and condition can not be recreated for this asking price. We assure you that there is nothing like it right now on the market.  If you would like to see this listing, we would love to show it it to you.  Call us!