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A Stately Italianate Gem in Darien, Connecticut


In 1995, the residence located at 246 Mansfield Avenue in Darien, Connecticut, was a modest yet stately neo Georgian-style home, built in the tradition of the English country house. Today, the property is a bold and extraordinary Mediterranean-style masterpiece that is at once unique, luxurious and elegant. The exceptional change in the home’s character is the result of an incredible $2.5 million renovation the property underwent in 2007, drawing upon classic Greek and Roman architecture for inspiration while bringing the manor fully into the 21st century. The renovation involved a very strict attention to detail and the utilization of only the finest materials and craftsmanship, with every new design element custom created and fitted for the house on site.

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The fantastic design details are experienced before one even enters the home. Guests are greeted by an imposing set of double-height entry doors, built from 14 gauge steel with a brushed pewter finish and glass. Beyond, the two-story marble entry foyer sets the tone for the 8,000+ square-foot interior, showcasing a grand and sweeping staircase handcrafted in bronze and iron after the Beaux Arts tradition, mastered in the 1940s by the renowned architectural firm Delano & Aldrich. The efforts of the remarkable renovation are seen in every room, including the coordinated moldings, stunning marble and granite stones, the display of Siberian pine and poplar, bronze window screens, intricate sound and lighting designs, and hand-forged wrought-iron and carvings from India, England and Southeast Asia.

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Each of the individual living spaces in the 16-room home offers its own standout aspects. The living and family rooms feature sandstone fireplaces that were hand carved by hammer and chisel in India, the work of master craftsmen who come from a long line of artisans known for their enduring pieces of art. With two walls of windows overlooking the property’s beautiful gardens, the eat-in kitchen was created to convey a rustic Etruscan flavor, offering handmade cabinetry that elegantly hides the state-of-the-art appliances and that was crafted by a traditional bespoke furniture maker to genuinely reflect the English woodworking period style. The master suite of the six-bedroom, eight bath home is decked out with a sumptuous master bath, private screened-in porch, office, walk-in closet and balcony with views extending over the 4 acres of grounds. The discerning purchaser now has a wonderful opportunity to own an Italianate gem of exquisite design, available for $3,999,000 through William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

To schedule a private viewing, please contact Debbie Previte at +1 203 326-0515 or Ingrid Hess at +1 203 722-2111.

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