This 1930s home built in the style of a Mediterranean villa for the prolific composer Frank LaForge is a detail-filled masterpiece in a storybook setting (h/t Circa). Renovated with care over the years, the result is a seamless blend of original details with modern style and comfort. The 11-room riverfront house in Darien, CT spans 8,220 square feet, with a gorgeous terrace surrounded by an oasis of dreamy landscaping and pond and river views. We wish it could be bought for a song, but it’s asking $7.995 million.
From antique beamed ceilings to stone pillars, custom fireplaces and an original pipe organ, every detail is noteworthy in this single-family home. The recently-renovated kitchen is evidence of a well-orchestrated marriage of old and modern.
A massive fire-engine red AGA stove gets pride of place in the kitchen. Its outdoor counterpart, and outdoor wood-burning fireplace, keeps things warm on the terrace.
A palatial living room is perfect for entertaining on any scale, with room enough for lavish parties.
From the home’s entry hall to its formal dining room, unforgettable details have been preserved and highlighted to show off their most intriguing features.
Also an impressive spot for entertaining, a seasonless glass-enclosed atrium is a full three stories high with bluestone pavers and brick and plaster detailed walls.
Upstairs, the home’s bedrooms have the same luxurious attributes including fireplaces, Juliette balconies, French doors and detailed moulding. Baths are marble clad with details like a modern Jacuzzi addition and a classically elegant chandelier.
Spend lazy afternoons and intimate evenings on the terrace, with a natural oasis–Gorham Pond and the Goodwives River abut the property–just beyond.
Additional perfectly-integrated modern perks include a two-car attached garage, Radiant zoned heat, central air, a generator, thermopane windows and a heated, partially-finished basement with garage access.
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Images Courtesy of William Raveis.