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May 2007


REAL ESTATE

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But the trio also designed Newport "cottages" and Long Island estates, as well as a Georgian Revival manse on nearly 2.9 landscaped acres in Darien. (The circa-1908 home was built just after architect Stanford White was shot to death, the unfortunate consequence of his alleged dalliance with a teenaged actress. But that's another story.) In any event, it's rare that a McKim manse—anywhere, for any price—comes to market and this one has been recently renovated with luxe details throughout: 10-foot ceilings, many of them coffered and boasting ornate crown moldings; a stone fireplace in the family room that's so massive you could park a golf cart in it; a glass-walled conservatory with a cathedral ceiling; a nearly nine-foot-long, granite-topped island in the kitchen. Most striking, though, is the decor designed by Diamond Baratta, a firm known for its bright palette and bold patterns. The family room, for instance, features aqua walls with a matching tartan upholstery and a rug resembling an equestrian-themed Hermes scarf. Elsewhere, there's a faux-marquetry painted floor and Wedgwood-like cameos adorning the walls. In all, there are seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms (with three half baths) and an array of stone terraces, one featuring a pretty pool. As for tony Tokeneke, the coastal enclave is as convenient as it is coveted: This property, for instance, is five minutes from a Metro-North station and I-95; by train or car it's an hour's ride into Manhattan. Rachel Walsh of the Darien and New Canaan William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty offices has the listing (203-912-5908).

Wilson Point, Norwalk, $6,125,000
You've got to know someone to get into Wilson Point, a convivial coastal community that's just a few minutes from the South Norwalk train station. Once the guard waves you through the gate, climb to the top of Hilltop Road for one of the neighborhood's stateliest homes, number 16. Even the front hall of this circa-1928, Tudor-style manse impresses: there's an ornately carved staircase topped by buttress-like beamwork reminiscent of a Gothic cathedral. A little beyond is a grand living room with a timbered ceiling and a wall of windows overlooking the infinity-edged pool and Long Island Sound.

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