102-Sequassen-Ave

A rare opportunity awaits those who love anything and everything about coastal living! Located on Sequassen Avenue in the magical seaside enclave of Fenwick, a beloved summer community in Old Saybrook, Conn., lies a potential high-end compound. The property offers prospective beach loving buyers a main house, guest cottage and half ownership of the adjacent landmark lighthouse, “Saybrook Breakwater.” Frank Sciame, the renowned New York builder who owns the nearby Katharine Hepburn estate, will co-own the lighthouse, which is offered with the main house or entire compound estate for no additional charge.


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Built in 1886 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the iconic Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse sits at the mouth to the Connecticut River and is featured on Connecticut’s “Preserve the Sound” license plates. The state currently owns the lighthouse, but plans to sell it under a Federal program in support of Lighthouse Preservations for joint ownership by the current resident of the Sequassen Avenue property along with Frank Sciame. The two partnered to buy the lighthouse out of pure love for its historic structure and charm. Once purchased, the seller’s ownership of the lighthouse will then transfer to the next lucky Sequassen Avenue resident. This unusual opportunity has created quite the buzz, with recent features highlighting its picture-perfect excellence in both Architectural Digest and Curbed, as well as Mansion Global’s “Listing of the Day.”

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The main house, which on its own is offered for $8.9 million, includes 7,177 square feet of brilliant space sited on 1.68 acres of direct waterfront land. Designed to take full advantage of its stunning surroundings, the residence contains many view-embracing features, including a Great Room overlooking the sea, rooftop deck with 360º views and numerous windows. The home also offers a stunning chef’s kitchen, recreation media room and other amenities with a beautiful period design. Decorative elements throughout include baked oak floors from France, beach stone fireplaces, coffered ceilings, palladium windows, walls and ceilings of bead board and custom paneling trimmed with crown molding. Perhaps the best part is the home’s first impression— an immediate view of the historic lighthouse framed perfectly through French doors and banks of windows.

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A neighboring guest cottage that also enjoys the area’s dazzling views is constructed with the finest materials and craftsmanship, and strategically captures views of parades of yachts, sail boats and golden sunsets. The shingle-style, three-bedroom, three-bathroom, custom-built house additionally has a Great Room with a coffered ceiling and beach stone fireplace, a fabulous chef’s kitchen, high ceilings and of course, direct beach access. This 2,500 square-foot residence can be purchased with the main house for a full-compound price of $12.8 million, or separately for $3.9 million. The purchase of just the guest cottage does not include part-ownership of the Saybrook Breakwater lighthouse.

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“This is an unbelievable residential opportunity in an even more unbelievable area,” said Essex agent team Jennifer and Jane Associates, who represent this compound property. “Imagine the life of a lighthouse keeper—
surrounded by water and majestic views at all times. That’s what life’s like at Fenwick, one of the shoreline’s best kept secrets. Whether purchasing the entire compound and becoming co-owner of a historic landmark, or simply moving to the lovely guest cottage, options are vast at this coastal Connecticut haven.”

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For more information on the main residence, located at 102 A Sequassen Ave, please visit its website here. Details on the property’s guest cottage, located at 102 B Sequassen Ave, can be found here. You can also contact Essex agent team Jennifer and Jane Associates by phone at 860.227.6634, or by email at jenniferandjane@williampitt.com.

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