History Blends With The Present In This Gracious Colonial
History blends with the present day in this gracious Colonial in Old Lyme where Ben Franklin laid a stone mile marker during his tenure as Deputy Postmaster for the northern colonies. Set on 1.25 private acres, this light-filled home has been expanded from its 1887 footprint to suit today’s discerning buyer while retaining its period character. The formal living and dining rooms with wide “kingswood pine” floors can accommodate your family or entertaining needs with ease. The fireplace with its original mantle remains. A spacious eat-in kitchen designed for optimum flow and comfort boasts custom cabinetry, ceramic floors, two ovens, two sinks, a sub-zero refrigerator, disposal, trash compactor and, with seating for 12, offers views of the marsh, pool and lusciously landscaped gardens and deck. A private lady’s office, a family room, mud room, and half bath complete the first floor layout. Ample storage and an extra washer dryer provide added convenience on this level. Four bedrooms plus a small nursery are upstairs with spacious closet spaces and a full laundry. There is a modern master bath and a large family bath with heated floors, double sinks, glass shower, full tub, a skylight, and a built in ironing board!
Step outside and enjoy the tranquility of nature’s surroundings. Take a pleasurable swim in the custom in-ground pool or exercise in the 60 foot lap-lane. Afterward, head over to the former 1887 potting shed which was converted to a charming pool house equipped with two changing rooms, a sink, mini frig, and skylights. An adjoining screened in gazebo offers the perfect escape for relaxing and dining - alone or with guests. This delightful three-season space can accommodate large gatherings comfortably.
Not to be over-looked is the original 19th century barn made of tree trunks and expanded in period character a century later to accommodate three cars with ample storage upstairs. A small turtle pond complements the natural flora and mature plantings throughout the property.
Meticulously and professionally improved and maintained by its present owner, the property contains special features including: a custom stone mailbox, lighted turn-around driveway, 5-heat zones, 2-zoned air conditioning, film treated windows to maximize natural light while protecting furnishings from fading, a full house generator, a 5 year old roof, all new windows 4 years ago, fully repainted clapboard exterior, a fully wired security system, a dry basement with a new oil tank, and much more.
This is a grand property within walking distance to the village, golf club, tennis, beaches, waterways, shopping and easy highway access.