DARIEN, Conn. -- A time of sustained economic growth and prosperity, it’s no wonder that “The Roaring ‘20s” saw a wealth of magnificently built homes. From charming Tudors to classic Colonials, residences built in the 1920s exude a genuine sense of character that is not to be missed.
Here are three outstanding homes, including one in Norwalk, all built with the strong foundation of their shared era, that have been meticulously renovated to meet the demands of today, while staying true to the exquisite qualities of their time.
It’s called Fairfield County’s “Best Kept Secret” for a reason.17 Shagbark Road, listed by William Pitt Sotheby’s agent Bruce Baker, is located in the private waterfront community of Wilson Point, which shares the shoreline with Rowayton in Norwalk.
Wilson Point is a peninsula of about 150 coastal acres, bordered on the east by the Long Island Sound and on the west by Wilson Cove. There are over 80 houses in the area ranging in age and size from an original farmhouse built in 1749 to recently constructed, larger properties. The neighborhood is also home to The Norwalk Yacht Club.
The 1920s Tudor, which is listed at $1,989,000, has since been updated, making sure to stay true to its historic integrity. One aspect of this home that is especially interesting is its great room, which was once an artist’s studio and showroom. The room maintains various original features including 22-foot, vaulted ceilings, wide-planked wood floors, a large fieldstone fireplace and French doors that lead out to a back stone patio.
A large loft additionally overlooks this spacious room, which is rumored to have once housed an organ used to entertain the artist’s guests as they viewed his work. Other highlights include an up-to-date chef’s kitchen, large sun-filled windows with spectacular vistas, an elevated deck and more. In total, the home includes five bedrooms and four baths.
“It’s one of the most remarkable homes in the region,’’ Baker said. “Upstairs, there is nothing but warmth with a Sitting area with fireplace leading to the bedrooms. It’s just minutes to your private beach, tennis and more. It does not feel at all like a home that was built in the 1920s.”
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Two homes in neighboring Westchester exude similar qualities.
A home 1920s home on 1.38 acres of park-like grounds at 14 Beechwood Boulevard in the exclusive Hillandale neighborhood of Rye Brook, N.Y., is situated in the heart of the town. Represented by Rye agent Melissa Kaminsky for $2,075,000, the classic Colonial residence, which was completely renovated in 2008, epitomizes fine suburban living. This freshly expanded, six-bedroom, five and a half-bath home, includes stunning hardwood floors, an updated, state-of-the-art eat-in kitchen, three fireplaces and vaulted ceilings.
6 Overdale Road, located in the highly sought after coastal community of Greenhaven in Rye, boasts traditional 1920s Tudor details, combined with a renovated contemporary interior. It is listed with Rye agent Fiona Dogan at $2,775,000. The home contains a two-story addition, which includes a new, oversized walk-in master closet, second floor balcony and an in-home office.