Posts Tagged ‘Salem Straits’

1 Peabody Lane

Thursday, 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.







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.


Getting back to the garden

Monday, May 14, 2012

We started this entry weeks ago, with every intention to post, and then other ideas got in the way.  I still think we can start by saying that we have had an early and mild Spring this year.  It is SO FUN to be back in the garden!

First bloom in the planters… the pansies

The weather being just so beautiful these past few months is making us think about the garden; picking up winter scraps on the lawn, getting the pansies in, and getting the flower beds ready for the summer.  It is a little early, but since mother nature is forcing us to face Spring early this year (no winter whatsoever!), lets do it!

Mix and match colors and textures

In this Spring market, it is so nice to see what gardens are coming into bloom.   Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but I will take you back to 5 Salem Straits. Listed through Kelly Associates.   If you would like to see this property, we would be happy to show you.

Can’t wait to see this in full bloom at 5 Salem Straits

Something that really popped out at me was the cutting room at 45 Ridge Acres. (Now under contract through Halstead/Darien). It’s beautiful; the red brick floor and soft moss green on the walls are very chic.  This is the kind of cutting room those of us who garden dream about.  It is such a treat to have a place where you can create beautiful arrangements from your own garden. You can work in a shed, or in the corner of your garage.  Yes! Use that third garage bay for a garden center of your very own.   If you want to go to the next step and add a sink , I saw a gorgeous one at Good Food Good Things.  The stone urns underneath are pretty fab as well.

One of a kind sink available at Good Food, Good Things, Darien, CT.

Sink details

A trough made into a potting sink  I saw at Pergola in New Preston, CT  very durable and perfect for potting and cutting flowers. This is a beauty!

I was in my neighbor’s greenhouse the other day which is a lovely stone/glass structure in her garden.  The sink at Good Food Good Things or Pergola (in New Preston, CT) would be Divine in there!  You don’t see a lot of spaces like this around here, it would be so exciting to have a greenhouse like this!

Think candlelight dinner under the stars

From my own potting shed. Couldn’t resist these pink ranunculus.

Yes, pink works really well for me. Never go wrong with pink.

Getting back to all the gardening to be done, something we encourage is potted flowers and plants.  These days the urns you can find are beautiful without spending too much money.  Potted flowers are easier to manage and much less maintenance.  You are not weeding all summer, (some of us enjoy garden work, some of us don’t) and they are wonderful additions to a terrace.  And, of course, window boxes.  But get creative.  Don’t just stick the old ivy and typical flowers that we see everywhere.  Experiment with texture, and go for it!

Planted these for Mothers Day

Look at how the window boxes give my shed a little love!

I was wandering New Preston, CT and one of the treasures up there is Pergola, a sophisticated yet down to earth garden shop with a “green” approach to the garden. They have a lot in pots and beautiful garden accessories (note the garden sink they have built from a trough). If you ever find yourself wandering around Litchfield County, make a stop at Pergola!

At Pergola in New Preston, CT.

Beautiful old fashioned table and chairs at Pergola

Cherry blossoms at Pergola

More beautiful garden accessories at Pergola

Inside Pergola

Flower pots that will be lovely inside and out doors

Lastly, but certainly not least,  few of the best garden resources are very close to Darien.  Mariani Gardens is, hands down, the best one in the area, if not the Tri-State.  This is a totally different (not necessarily better) experience than White Flower Farm, or Elise or any of the better flower/shrub farms.  Mariani Gardens is an all encompassing garden experience – and you can take a break from shopping the extraordinary species and have a lovely lunch at their cafe . Its a great way to spend the day.  Check it out!

An extraordinary experience at Mariani Gardens

A little bit more local, Elise Nursery is another great option for landscape design. This is one example.

An old stand by. White Flower Farms is always considered one of the best sources for flowers and shrubs. 







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

Secret Garden

Friday, March 16, 2012

Very special in Salem Straits

We can’t say enough about this house.  Magical comes to mind.  Renovated with taste and style, no stone is left unturned for the buyer who looking for something  that really stands out in this market.  And the location doesn’t hurt either.  Lots of space for kids, friends, and fabulous parties on the terrace. This gorgeous brick country house built in 1919, perched in Salem Straits overlooking its magical garden and pool will whisper sweet nothings to you as you walk, no run,  to sign that contract!  This property is offered at $3,795,000 through Kelly associates.  If you would like to see this property, please contact us.  P. S.  Should have mentioned the coffer-ed ceilings in the dining room. They are stained a very dark mahogany; absolutely fabulous.   Was also thinking about how Miles Redd might decorate this house.  Check out his portfolio! .  Also fabulous!!!

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