The Day – The Stonington House offers the “spa treatment”
The four-bedroom home at 973 Stonington Road in Stonington, Connecticut had only been on the market for a few days when listing agent Donald Boushee – a real estate agent with William Pitt Sotheby’s in Niantic – took a while to present the property to Welcome Home.
“It’s the kind of house that’s set back from the road, and when you drive it’s like stopping the world and letting you go for a while,” he said.
“As soon as you enter the hall, you have the gorgeous balcony and the beautiful staircase, with gleaming hardwood floors,” Boushee described upon entering the home’s 3,868 square feet of living space. “The back of the house overlooks the saltwater pool and deck. There is a gas fireplace right in the center of the formal dining room – so many wonderful details.”
Boushee also suggested that the floor plan as presented provides some flexibility for a buyer and that the home would work for a family or a buyer who plans to have a home business, who likes to entertain or who may need space for extended family to visit or stay.
Boushee also introduced Welcome Home to his client, Gary Haynes, who acquired the property with his wife, Delayn, in 2007 when it was still new. It had been custom built a few years earlier by a local developer.
For the past few years, they’ve each had a home office here – one on the ground floor and one on the second floor, according to their real estate agent – another example of how the floor plan can be adapted to current and future needs of a buyer. .
The owners have made several improvements to the property over the years. For example, they renovated the master suite bathroom and closet. Their realtor recounted a recent comment from a potential buyer about the master bedroom offering more than just a bathroom, instead, “an experience.”
They also perfected the backyard by adding a heated saltwater pool and spa, as well as a built-in fire pit. Boushee estimated his clients invested more than $15,000 in landscaping alone, adding plants and shrubs and building stone walls and walkways.
The listing agent described the effect as “like an oasis or retreat”.
Haynes noted that he himself came from a large family, and when his family came to visit, they called the property “Spa Haynes”.
A perimeter of mature trees envelops the property, so it’s especially private and attracts all varieties of passing wildlife — foxes, fishing cats and turkeys, Haynes reported.
“When you’re sitting by the pool, you have trees all around, so it’s quite private,” the owner said.
The house was already attached to a two-car garage, but the Haynes are a fan of traveling the country in their Airstream trailer, so they added a second detached garage with an oversized bay to accommodate it and the truck to haul it. It is heated and air conditioned.
Mr Haynes said the house was ‘well loved’ by his family. He added that the location is particularly attractive. It’s only 10 minutes to Westerly, Rhode Island or Mystic just “next door”. They spent time at local beaches, including Watch Hill Public Beach. They also appreciated the proximity to local marinas and direct access to Long Island Sound. They’ve had three boats in their years here.
“This home is five minutes from the Barn Island boat launch. You walk out of the driveway and have the water right in front of you, which leads out to Long Island Sound,” the listing agent said.
“This whole section of coastline is just stunning,” Boushee concluded.
An open house is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Property: 973 Stonington Road, Stonington
Square area: 3,868
Asking price: $1.1 million
Seller’s agent: Donald Boushee, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Niantic brokerage; Office: (860) 572-6400; Mobile: (860) 772-6050; [email protected]