DARIEN, Conn. – A Darien home formerly owned by the Charles Lindbergh family recently came on the market and includes 3 acres of land at the tip of Contentment Island.
The home is listed as a three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home with 2,889 square feet of space. The property in the Tokeneke Association has a private beach and over 800 feet of direct waterfront. It also includes 8 acres of the Fish Islands, dock, and 34 acres of oyster beds.
The home is listed by Halstead for $19.95 million. According to the listing, the property was also the backdrop for famous painter John Frederick Kensett, and is available for the first time in 40 years.
“"In my 25 years of selling real estate in Darien, I have never seen a property like this one,’’ said Holly Hawes of Halstead, who is representing the seller along with her husband, David.
“The location is just incredible. The bird life is amazing, there is gorgeous foliage and coastal plantings that are carefully placed throughout. One of the most special features is the stunning private beach with the softest sand and swimming dock. It's simply magical."
Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, purchased 53 Contentment Island Road from John Sherman Hoyt shortly after World War II. The Lindberghs never lived on the property, however. They resided on Tokeneke Trail.
Theodore Rousseau, a curator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, built the eight-room home that currently exists on the property. The colonial has a view from every window, and Long Island Sound can even be seen from the chaffeur’s room behind the two-car garage. The sunrise and sunset over the water can also be seen from the property.
The home includes a St. Charles kitchen with metal cabinets and drawers, small gardens full of perennial flowers and plants, ceiling windows and sliding doors into the dining room.
The Fish Islands stand between the home and the rest of Long Island Sound, and the water’s edge in the front of the house has a small rock wall that curves along the cliff’s edge.
Judith and Edward Felder purchased the home in 1974. Edward Felder died in November, and Judith passed away in February. The Felders made the islands available to boaters, kayakers and other water enthusiasts.
For complete information, visit the listing website.