William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Waterfront Country Estate of Author and Blogger Sydney Williams


Old Lyme, Conn. – June 11, 2015 – William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that the firm has listed the waterfront estate of published local author and blogger Sydney Williams and his wife, Caroline. The shoreline home is represented by Essex agent team Jennifer and Jane Associates, comprising Jennifer Caulfield and Jane Macy Pfeffer, and offered at $3,850,000.

Williams worked on Wall Street for 47 years before establishing a career in writing. He is most well known for his blogs Thought of the Day and Notes From Old Lyme, which have a popular readership following. Williams additionally is the author of One Man’s Family: Growing Up in Peterborough and Other Stories, published by Bauhan Publishing. In his works, he often discusses thoughts and lessons inspired by life in Old Lyme.  

The 5,344 square-foot home, known locally as “Tidelands,” lies on nine acres of waterfront land with surrounding views of the Long Island Sound. A distinct architectural style graces the residence with custom millwork and many detailed features, which were strategically built to seamlessly blend a timeless appeal with modern amenities. In addition, the four-bedroom home incorporates a great room, gourmet kitchen, library with plush window seats and master suite with wraparound windows that embrace the natural light and the property’s surrounding views. The spacious room also contains a dressing room and marble bath. Three additional bedrooms with en-suite baths complete the upper level. Its formal living and dining spaces include meticulously crafted archways, an architectural hallmark of the residence. The home also offers French doors, which lead outside to a columned terrace, formal gardens and sweeping lawns.

“This property is simply stunning,” said Pfeffer. “Anyone looking for a waterfront home in a charming New England beach neighborhood will absolutely fall in love. The home epitomizes ideal coastal living in a welcoming small-town and undeniably beautiful setting.”

In addition to multiple decks, terraces and other outdoor spaces, the extensive property includes a guest cottage, separate three-bay post and beam barn, dock and pool complex.

The historic village of Old Lyme, Conn., is known for its distinctive coastal setting along the shores of the Back River and the Long Island Sound.

“I can see why Mr. Williams was so inspired by Old Lyme in his writings,” said Caulfield. “This community is utterly breathtaking, and the home itself quite magnificent. We are so pleased to be representing such a unique residence, where the often overlooked, simple beauties in life can truly be appreciated.”

For more information on the property, located at 15 Smiths Neck Road, please visit the firm’s website here.

About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $3.3-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 26 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, combined with partner firm Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally and the 28th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division.  For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes more than 16,570 sales associates located in 760 offices throughout 60 countries and territories.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Jenifer and Jane Associates

Real Estate Agents


860.767.7488­ ext. 307


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