Summers in the idyllic Darien, Connecticut are slow and tranquil, located on the calm waters of the Long Island Sound. This historic waterfront mansion was originally built in 1936 for composer Frank LaForge exuding European elegance and old world craftsmanship, now upgraded for modern living. The home still houses the original Aeolian pipe organ by the windows in the music loft where LaForge often held concerts for his guests. In warm weather, he would open the doors to the outdoor terrace. The decorative tiles under the pipes in the rafters on both sides of the great room tell the story of Don Quixote. Notice the Choir Loft, a living room balcony accessible from the second floor.*
The estate is located on a 5 acre hillside featuring sweeping lawns on Gorham's Pond. The main house itself features 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms spread over 9,529 SF. Many of the original features have been meticulously preserved including an Aeolian pipe organ, exposed beam ceilings, wrought iron balconies, stone terraces, 11 fireplaces and an enclosed central courtyard atrium. The home also has a unique, extensive collection of ornate doors imported from around the world. A recent addition to the kitchen wing features modern appliances, a fireplace, and vaulted ceiling with reclaimed beams, yet features an extraordinary AGA stove as its centerpiece. The covered veranda, with automated screens and vaulted ceiling is open on three sides with water and garden views and features a custom-built Iron rotisserie grill.
227 Old Kings Highway South, Darien, Connecticut is currently listed for $6,800,000 with William Martin and Jennifer Leahy of Douglas Elliman.