On the Market: A Remodelista’s Seaside Connecticut Retreat

This just in from our London correspondent Christine Chang Hanway:

“This summer we decided to sell our family home by the seaside, on the Old Black Point peninsula in Connecticut. It wasn’t an easy decision, but with our adult sons both working full time in London, we realized we had reached the end of an era. Extended summer breaks, the ones that seem to last forever, are no longer a given for them.

“The house now needs to go to a family who can use it better; use it more. (The only thing that makes the decision easier is that my husband and I hope to finally realize a dream that we have had since meeting at architecture school; designing a new house from ground up.) As I worked with the realtor to put the listing together, I couldn’t help but think that there was nowhere to tell the house’s real story. Where could I tell prospective buyers about the things that make this house special? Read on for more.”

Here’s a glimpse of the house (photos by Christine Chang Hanway); for the full listing, go to Re/Max.

Above: The house sits on an acre and a half of rolling green lawn; ideal for summer games.
Above: A side view of the house, with screened-in porch. “Every house has a story that makes it a home; its proverbial madeleine. So much more useful than the realtor’s listing for getting to the soul of the matter.”
Above: “The interiors are filled with light and ocean breezes, and the formal and casual spaces flow gracefully, spilling into the outdoor dining terraces and side porches.”
Above: “Guests and hosts all have a comfortable place, whether it is in the center of activity or off to the side; from communal cooking and cocktail making around the long kitchen island to reading or a conversation in a quiet corner.”
Above: The house includes eight bedrooms.
Above: The view of the water from the front porch. “The best kept secret about our house? Although it has open and expansive views to the water, it’s classified as non-waterfront (which puts it in an appealing non-waterfront tax rate).”
Above: A bluestone patio with outdoor fireplace for cooler nights.
Above: The pool is surrounded by bluestone paving.

For more on the house, see:

Minimal Moves for Maximum Impact in Christine’s Connecticut House

Christine’s Best Remodeling Decision

And have a look at another Old Black Point house featured on Remodelista:

Before & After: A Summer Cottage Reborn on the Connecticut Coast

Remodeling 101: Nautical Stripes on the Stairs

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