Old Lyme, Conn. | $1.245 Million
An 1844 house with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 1.97-acre lot with formal gardens and a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest cottage
Known as Springbank, this brick house on the National Register of Historic Places is surrounded by gardens designed in 1936 by Marian Cruger Coffin, the architect of landscapes for Fricks, Vanderbilts and Du Ponts (Winterthur Museum, in Delaware, was among her commissions). It is a couple of miles from the center of Old Lyme, a town of about 8,000, where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. In good traffic, New York City is less than three hours southwest; Boston is the same distance northeast.
Size: 2,836 square feet
Price per square foot: $439
Indoors: The main entrance opens through a bright vestibule into a living room with wide antique floorboards, a fireplace and a wet bar. Down a hallway with closets is a small study that has pale green walls and open shelves. This level also includes a primary suite whose bedroom looks out through casement windows to a brick patio set in the building’s ell, and whose bathroom has a combined tub and shower encased in glass with a wall of marble subway tile. Two additional bedrooms and a bathroom are on the floor above, under the eaves. One of the bedrooms opens directly to a large, fenced deck overlooking the gardens.
The dining room and kitchen are on the walkout lower level. The dining room has antique wood floors, exposed ceiling beams and hand-painted wall panels (the decoration was commissioned by the sellers, who bought the house 18 years ago). The kitchen was recently modernized with marble-topped custom cabinets and white subway tile. A wall of windows brings light to a breakfast area at one end.
Outdoor space: Stone walls, brick paths and hedges define areas within the lavishly planted grounds. There is a rose garden in a boxwood maze, a regimented quartet of dappled willow trees, long borders of irises and peonies, a brick pergola wrapped in clematis and hung with a chair swing, statues and a birdhouse. The guest cottage includes a living room and an outdoor shower. Parking is in a three-car garage.