The Perfect Retreat for a New England Summer

Every day is a summer retreat at this peaceful New England property.  Located in the National Register of Historic Places-landmarked Oswegatchie Historic District, this circa-1910 Colonial Revival and Shingle Style home is the perfect representation of the New England summer resort estates built during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Essex agents Don Shannehan and Kathy Shannehan have the extraordinary listing, which is offered at $3,600,000.

The home’s original owners, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y., fulfilled their dreams of owning a summertime escape in the popular Oswegatchie Historic District after commissioning architectural firm Donelly and Hazeltine of New London, Conn.  Oswegatchie translates from the Algonquin language to “tea colored water.” Due to improvements in transportation, in the 1890s the area began to draw wealthy individuals seeking to establish summer retreats from major cities. Many purchased farmland and then constructed cottages along the water. Today the historic district is comprised of American Colonial Revivals and Classic Revivals among homes in other styles.  The Wilson family was part of this residential trend, and in 1906 their summer retreat was complete. Now for the first time in 20 years and only the third time since its construction, the estate has been put on the market by current owner Dr. Robert Goldberg.

A serene Niantic River cove surrounds the stone and shingle residence, which features distinctive architectural elements and charm.  Windows of differing shapes, sizes and groupings including eyebrow windows, asymmetrical connections between the gables and gambrel roofs, and an overall design that blends the home effortlessly into its breathtaking natural surroundings define the unique beauty of this remarkable getaway.  On its nearly two-acre plot of land, visitors will find a two-story carriage house and water tower featuring a similar design approach as the main residence. A waterfront deck, large trees, 206-foot sandy beach and pool complete the lush grounds and offer the perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts to relax on a warm summer day. Any upgrades to the residence have respected and maintained its original qualities and style, permitting a luxurious spot of comfort and Connecticut history.

“This beautiful property is the crowning centerpiece of the Oswegatchie Colony,” said Don Shannehan. “It’s also a remarkably intact example of the quintessential resort-era New England summer estate.”

“The design of this home is an extraordinary demonstration of form and function,” said Kathy Shannehan. “Its unique design combined with its perfect integration with the environment make a definitive statement that this home belongs on this site.”

Clearly, both agents are proud to present this exceptional listing that continues the historic Oswegatchie tradition of fully enjoying the beautiful atmosphere of a New England summer.

For more information on the property, located at 23 Shawandassee Road in Waterford, Conn., please visit our website here.

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