Superbly blended interior and exterior elements of wood and stone present a truly breathtaking home for anyone seeking to live at 1 Inwood Road.
“In Darien, you see a lot of white Colonials, but this is different, and commanding—that’s for sure,” says Wendy Ryan, who has the listing for William Raveis/Al Filippone Associates. “It really is different, but I think it fits in well into that section of northern Darien as well.”
The Peters-designed Tudor, built in 1933, features stone walls that could remind one, at a glance, of villages in the south of France, but their integration with clean lines and distinctive shapes modulates the overall décor. With all the mod cons—the property includes an eat-in kitchen, a pool and a sport court—the house’s 4,600 square feet are divided into six bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, along with a great room, which rises into a lofty cathedral ceiling, inset with an oversized fireplace, to produce a stunning effect.
“The back room,” Ryan continues, “The great room—has one large, stone wall with a huge fireplace that speaks to the vision Frazier Peters had: one of arched doorways, and a nice, cozy, dark, wooded den. So inside, he’s incorporating those unique exterior details, too.”
Handcrafted elements are a hallmark of the home’s unique, Old World feel, along with Peters’s use of raw materials—the stone and woodwork—that draw attention to themselves yet don’t overwhelm the eye. It helps that the acreage on which the house sits is not obstructed in the slightest, which creates a stunning visual effect.
“With this spot, the piece of land, and the property it’s on is interesting for this area,” Ryan notes. “It’s not typical for a home with more than two acres: This property is large, and you get a sense of that because it’s all a clear and open three-and-a-half acres.”
Thus, that “commanding” perspective, above. In tune with this are the long wooden beams streaking aslant the great room, opening out onto the in-ground pool, and the visual texture that the paneled, arched entrance door to the dining room creates in contrast with the lighter blend of timber in the floor.
However, what may be more imposing is the fact that the home sits on a cul-de-sac, which heightens its appeal, and amplifies the already imposing structure.
“The biggest reaction I get out of people, when I bring them up to the house, is simply when we enter the gravel driveway,” Ryan says. “You see the unique presence of this stone home. It’s just simply unmatched.”