One of Darien, Connecticut’s largest waterfront properties also happens to be on its own private island.
The price of the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home on this 7.1-acre estate dropped $1.25 million to $16.25 million at the end of August. The island serves as a haven for wildlife, and the house boasts 360-degree water views and 8,300 square feet of space, according to the listing.
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“To have 7.1 acres of waterfront in Darien with a dock is pretty unique in itself,” said agent-owner Kim Huffard of William Pitt Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. “Add to that all the other great amenities, and you’ve really got something special.”
Built in 2009, the 11-room home has views of the Long Island Sound to the south and to the Goodwives River and Rings End Bridge to the north, according to the listing. It was first listed in June 2016.
White walls and 12-foot beamed ceilings give the great room an airy feel, while floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors frame the water views. There are 10 French doors, which lead out onto an “expansive flagstone terrace,” Ms. Huffard said, from which guests and residents can watch the boats with drinks in hand.
An open kitchen, with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, has a breakfast nook and a more formal dining area. The home has two limestone fireplaces to keep things cozy in the colder months, and there’s a family room, plus a library and office.
Each of the five bedrooms has its own bathroom, as well as views of the Long Island Sound. The master bedroom also features a lounge area, plus a soaking tub, separate shower and dual vanities.
The home has a full, finished basement, additional space that is not included in its listed square footage, Ms. Huffard said. The game room has space for billiards and foosball tables, as well as couches for post-game recovery. There’s also a play room with a plastic grass floor and a woodworking shop.
Outside, there’s a pool, spa and outdoor shower, the agent added. The estate features manicured lawns, as well as several species of fruit trees—including cherry, plum, apple and apricot—and a large vegetable garden.
“Also important in our neck of the woods is the dock, with continuous boat access to the channel,” Ms. Huffard said. There’s also storage space for kayaks, paddleboards and other water toys.
The estate was originally purchased for $5.27 million in 2007 as a 10.6-acre property, with a 3.5-acre meadow abutting the 7.1-acre island, according to public records and the listing. The meadow was sold to the Darien Land Trust in 2012, and is now known as Goodwives Meadow.
Both the island and the meadow’s attract migrating birds and other wildlife. Herons, egrets and eagles have all been spotted there, as well as foxes, minks and other animals, the listing said.
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