Majestic and magnificently restored waterside villa

This restored waterside villa in the heart of Darien has 10,000 square feet and wondrous views of Gorham Pond where you can relax, unwind, and see the vistas of the water.

The Old Kings Highway South home - which sits on 4.3 acres and is less than one mile from downtown Darien - was built in 1936 and renovated in 2012.

Renovations that year, according to co-listing agent Holly Hawes, include the professional chef’s kitchen, which was added, three garages were added, as well as an outside elevated screened porch with a fireplace/rotisserie.

The stone-grey home - which has five beds and five bath - has a basement, main level, second level, and a two-center atrium with a glass top.

The 1,000-square-foot basement is home to the mechanicals and a storage area. In addition, the basement has a mudroom/garden room with a garden table, garden sink and outdoor access to the outside garden.

To the right of the foyer on the main level, Hawes said, is a cathedral living room with a stairwell to the balcony. The room also has an antique pipe organ and custom-made glass doors that lead out to the terrace, which overlooks Gorham Pond.

“There is a fantastic view of the pond; just magnificent,” Hawes said.

The living room, she said, opens to the two-story atrium that has a glass top “so you feel like you are outside; it’s really like a solarium,” Hawes said.


Address: 227 Old Kings Highway South, Darien

Price: $4.775 million

Rooms: 15

Features: Home looks out on magnificent Gorham Pond; has detailed architecture; and is home to a two-story atrium with a glass top.

Schools: Tokeneke Elementary, Middlesex Middle and Darien High School

The formal dining room is off the foyer and near the living room and is home to one of eight fireplaces. The dining room also has hand painted mural and pond views.

The library - which is off the living room - has built-in bookshelves with doors on them and a wood-burning fireplace.

The master bedroom - located on the main level - has cove lighting, 9-foot ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace, a walk-in closet and a bank of closets. There are two French doors to two balconies.

There are two bathrooms for the master suite: One has a shower, sink and toilet and is green marble and the other, in the lower level, is also marble and has a shower and spa tub.

To the left of the foyer and down the hall is the kitchen. It offers antique limestone flooring, custom oak cabinetry, arched windows, and custom-made French glass doors to the balcony. The island, Hawes said, is made of Carrera marble and can easily seat a dozen people. “It’s more of a working island,” she said. “It has an Aga range with gas cooktop, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Espresso maker and a built-in steam oven.”

Off the kitchen is a custom screened-in porch that has antique beams and a vaulted ceiling.

The second level overlooks the atrium. It has four bedrooms, including two en suite. “The bedrooms are all nice-sized and the light that comes in through the atrium ceiling is very bright,” Hawes said.

The home, Hawes said, has front and back terraces and yard with a sweeping lawn. The circular driveway, she said, has ample parking.

Listing agents: Holly and David Hawes, Halstead Connecticut; 203-858-5538,