Sitting on a magnificent lot, this exquisite colonial home was meticulously crafted with architectural luxuries from top to bottom.
Meant as a retirement home for sellers Michael and Linda Sjogren — who have relocated due to life’s “curveballs” — 16 Channelside Drive was designed with large beautiful spaces, comfortable nooks and walls of windows to maximize views of the Connecticut River and a channel created exclusively for Channelside — the boutique development where the home is located.
“We spent a lot of time putting our heart and soul into the design,” Michael Sjogren said.
With a rich coastal vibe, the home features Brazilian cherry flooring, 9-foot ceilings, five fireplaces, a tri-level elevator and a heated pool.
“It’s rich in architectural details and it’s an elegant home without being too fussy,” said Rick Weiner, listing agent from William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.
In love with the neighborhood, the Sjogrens lived in another home on Channelside for five years while designing and building their dream house. They had an architect tweak floor plans they found, giving up 10-foot cathedral ceilings in the great room in exchange for a second floor master suite.
“We ended with a great room and master bedroom with the same palatial dimensions,” Sjogren said.
The huge master suite offers sunrise channel views, a fireplace, dual walk-in closets, a full bath with a soaker tub, a shower with dual controls and an adjacent office/study.
Desiring a family gathering space, they designed the walkout basement with an open floor concept, putting in a sitting room, game room, full kitchen and bath.
“It’s a self-contained party space,” Sjogren said.
With walls of water facing windows, it’s also the best spot in the house to observe the channel, he added. The walkout opens to a patio with a grilling station and a two-person swing, perfect for evening channel viewing.
“The sun is setting on the other side of the house but all of the boats and the houses have this glow as you’re sitting there and watching,” Sjogren said.
When the Sjogrens’ daughter got married, they had a bachelor/bachelorette party. The guys played poker and watched TV downstairs, the girls listened to music by the pool and the older folks lounged in the great room enjoying food and wine.
“We basically had three parties going on at the same time,” Sjogren said.
During overnight Thanksgiving parties, the Sjogren’s son-in-law makes breakfast in the lower level kitchen while Linda Sjogren works on turkey and fixings upstairs.
She loves working in the spacious custom kitchen, which opens to the great room and features a breakfast bar, island, wall ovens and an induction cooktop.
She chops veggies at the counter looking toward the serene channel or bakes in the large ovens with her granddaughter. She does some meal prep in the butler’s pantry, which offers a second sink and a burner for boiling water for clambakes and a built-in steamer for corn-on-the-cob.
Looking on the water and opening to the screen porch, the breakfast nook is a lovely gathering spot. The library offers built-in shelves, shares a dual-sided fireplace with the office, and accesses a balcony.
“It is an absolutely great place to sit in the evening with the sunset reflecting off the boats in the marina,” Sjogren said.
The basement, living room and a bonus room over the garage have surround sound systems.
The luxurious home is heated and cooled with a geo-thermal system and sits is on a rare property with 80 feet of dockage and a beautiful garden.
“It’s a very rare property,” Weiner said. “I can’t think of another like it along the Shoreline.”
Listing agent: Rick Weiner, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 860-227-3191