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On the Market: Darien, CT

16 Raiders Lane
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 6 full, 1 half
Square feet: 6,329
Price: $8,400,000

Just three years ago, award-winning architects Douglas VanderHorn designed this bespoke English manor-style home with Old World features like stone keys over arched doorways—all with a modern feel. 

“The Long Island Sound water views are among the best in the area given that it is perched 60 feet above mean high water,” says real estate salesperson Molly O’Brien Watkins of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. “The home is truly exceptional.”

The chef’s kitchen has a French provincial feel with a Moroccan twist lots of natural light, custom cabinetry that mixes rich woods with warm whites, and wide-plank wood floors. Two oversized pendants hanging over a large island give the feel of antique lamps but with a modern edge. The breakfast nook has custom bench seating and walks out to the back terrace. The kitchen is open to the family room, which is detailed with reclaimed wood trusses, cathedral ceilings and a stone fireplace surround. A butler’s pantry, wine room and pantry provide lots of space for storage and everything you need for entertaining. 

On the first floor you’ll also find a private guest suite and walnut-paneled study, while the second floor includes the primary suite, with its spa-like bathroom with soaking tub overlooking the Sound. The third-floor bunk room with full bath offers a fun place for play and sleepovers. 

Outside, a terrace with a large stone fire pit and lots of room to gather around overlooks the Long Island Sound. The private 1.5 acres of landscaped grounds sits 60 feet above the water on a bluff overlooking Scott’s Cove and beyond with panoramic sound views from every room. 

“We enjoy the serenity of just hanging out at the fire pit on the back patio with a glass of wine and dining on the upper terrace, all while taking in some of the most amazing views around,” says Watkins. 

The home is centrally located and just over a mile to downtown Darien. A five-minute drive gets you to Pear Tree Point Beach and the Darien Boat Club for kayaking and paddle boarding. In winters, a quick drive down the hill to Gorham’s Pond allows for ice skating. 

Molly O’Brien Watkins
Real Estate Salesperson
William Pitt Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo credit: Dan Milstein

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