Aptly named “The Porch,” this home on the front row of Old Saybrook’s Fenwick Historic District offers mesmerizing and unobstructed ocean views.
Built in 1900 the colonial cottage — which is being offered fully furnished — has been lovingly restored to blend modern living with the character of the past.
Rick Weiner, listing agent from William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty sold the home, which was in the same family for four decades, to the current sellers in 2012, “when it was a candidate for renovation,” he said. “It’s been renovated literally to perfection.”
The first new inhabitant of the house in 80 years, seller Jill Bornstein said she purchased it for the porch.
“It probably has one of the most amazing porches in Fenwick,” she said. “It has amazing views, I can sit there and I see Long Island; I see the lighthouse; it’s big enough; it’s like an outdoor living room.”
With a fireplace and sunken hot tub, the large wraparound porch is a gathering place.
“We always seem to end up on the porch or the bluestone patio,” Bornstein said.
The living room is the next best place to sit and catch the view. The room has a sophisticated nautical feel with a whitewashed ceiling, shiplap walls and a fireplace made of stones from Long Island Sound.
The chef’s kitchen, which opens to the bluestone patio — where the Bornsteins grill and have lobster dinners — features a massive zinc-topped island, perfect for big food spreads, high end appliances, a pantry, wet bar and eating area.
“It’s kind of the central activity zone going in and out of all the places in the house,” Bornstein said.
The casual dining room — with a big wood table and benches — is great for dinner parties with a view.
“We have big groups around there; we love to sit there for hours,” Bornstein said. “No matter where you go you kind of feel like you’re outside on the first floor.”
There’s also a family room on the first floor where the kids hangout when they’re not on the porch or up in the “bunk room.”
With built-in bunk beds with reading lights, the nautical bunk room can sleep up to 14.
“They have plenty of space and they feel like there on a ship,” Bornstein said.
All five bedrooms have en-suite baths.
The master suite has a clean nautical feel with shiplap walls, painted wood floors — a feature the house had when the Bornsteins purchased it — and offers beautiful water views through walls of windows.
“I wake up and see the sun coming up in the morning; I see the lighthouse,” Bornstein said, adding that the ocean breeze has a “very clean breathable feeling.”
There is also a private deck where Bornstein enjoys her morning coffee; and a spa-like master bath with white walls, a tile floor in shades of blue and a soaking tub.
“It just kind of brings in the color of the water,” she said.
The Bornsteins host lobster clam bakes after bringing folks for tours on their boat. While the food is prepared, adults gather on the porch and kids play whiffle ball or wander around the neighborhood on bikes or golf carts.
“It’s just constant activity at my house,” Bornstein said.
Fenwick dates to the late 1800s. The secluded enclave has been home to Katherine Hepburn, William Lamb — the architect who designed the Empire State Building — Robert E Lee’s best man and various “captains of industry, artists, writers and actresses,” Weiner said.
Amenities include golf, tennis, access to the beach, a yacht club, sailing, sailing lessons, and swimming.
Listing agent: Rick Weiner, 860-227-3191