On the Market: A Connecticut Riverfront Estate with a Covetable Firepit
Plus, two heated pools, a mahogany dock, private playground, and 18 acres of your own.
“The Point” in Lyme, CT (Contact broker for address)
Size: 15,233 square feet
It would be much shorter to detail all of the amenities that this mansion doesn’t have—but where’s the fun in that? Listing what it does have is far more enjoyable, like the eat-in kitchen, where leathered green granite counters, antiqued cherry wood cabinets, a fireplace, and a butler’s pantry make even scrambled eggs feel like a sophisticated start to the day. There’s also the caterer’s kitchen, an entirely separate room situated directly off the outdoor pool area. And of course, that’s not the only pool: A heated, 12-foot spa pool sinks into the floor in a room just off the master bedroom, next to the gym with garden views.
As for gathering spaces, you’ve got options for that, too. The sunroom is a radiant room for some afternoon tea, which you can savor while watching the fish in the 10-foot-long built-in aquarium swim around their 500-gallon habitat. The library clad in Cepela oak shelving is another tranquil space, while the rec room with a wall of glass doors is the perfect spot for a lively game night. Of course, there is a living room and family room, too, both sporting their own fireplace and enviable water views. And with 29 rooms, 15,000 square feet, and more than 18 acres, there’s more than enough space to add in whatever feature you can dream up.
A home is more than just a breathless list of amenities, though, and this custom-built residence certainly is. Look to the grounds for evidence of an estate designed to maximize nature and family time. A 100-foot mahogany dock extends into the Connecticut River, also offering access to Long Island Sound. Along the entire back side of the house, a sprawling terrace contains a few distinct sections: a heated in-ground pool, a veranda for shaded dining, and a stone firepit with a sunken circle of seating. For running around on nice days, young ones will relish the lawn that is almost the size of a football field. The grandchildren of the current owners have been partial to the property’s playground, which claims its own drinking fountain so no one has to run back to the main home for a glass of water.
For any guests that may come to visit this private peninsula oasis, they can stay the night in the one-bedroom apartment above the three-car garage. That’s not the only outbuilding—there’s also a heated boathouse and a 1700s barn relocated from Vermont. These days, the wooden barn houses the geothermal plant that powers the hot water, heating, and air conditioning for the main house.
For information, contact Scott Elwell and Michele Ferguson, Douglas Elliman, elliman.com.
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