Vintage charm in Noank
"Noank is just delightful," according to Realtor Marie Tyler Wiley, an associate with William Raveis Real Estate in Mystic. She's currently representing the seller of Welcome Home's "House of the Week" — 30 High Street in Noank. "It's an old fishing village, out on a peninsula, surrounded by water. ... There are gorgeous historic homes throughout, with an active lobstering community."
The late-Victorian-era home debuted on the site in 1894. Today, it affords three bedrooms, two baths and 1,984 square feet of living space. The main level comprises a foyer, formal living room, eat-in kitchen, laundry closet and partial bath.
Wiley noted that the house was originally a duplex, but it was so seamlessly integrated into a single-family home at some point in its history, "you'd never know it." What has endured since the home's debut is the color of the clapboard siding, she noted. The exterior remains painted in the pale-yellow hue that dates back to its origin.
"The seller painted the house last year and had a new 50-year architectural roof put on a few years ago," the listing agent noted.
Welcome Home spoke with the seller, Maria Walker, who moved into the home 56 years ago. Originally from Chile, she'd married an American beau who went to work for Electric Boat. The job brought them to southeast Connecticut, where they became enamored with the former fishing village of Noank.
"We found this little village, and we fell in love with it," she recalled. The house needed some work back then, so over time, they fixed it up, while retaining some of the original design and architectural features.
"All the beautiful elements of this house are just gorgeous," Wiley said. "You have original molding throughout. All the hardwood floors are absolutely gorgeous; even the door hinges are beautifully made from iron."
The seller converted the wood-burning fireplace in the expansive family room into a gas unit, instead.
The three bedrooms, including a primary suite, are on the second level, and there are three bonus rooms — possibly, additional bedrooms — on the top level.
"Both the front and back porches are a great way to start your day with a cup of coffee," Wiley suggested. She's spent some on the porches, getting a feel for the setting and neighborhood. Wiley said it's not unusual to see residents stroll by from the front-porch vantage point.
"As for the back porch, it is absolutely glorious, as you're overlooking West Cove and Fishers Island Sound," Wiley attested. "And to be able to sit there and watch all the comings and goings is just delightful."
This home has some options for home office space. The current owner had leveraged one of the second-floor bedrooms as an office. "It works beautifully, because it looks out over Fishers Island Sound. Talk about inspiration," Wiley noted. Of course, there's also the option to use the separate cottage for office or creative space.
"It would also be perfect as a studio, whether that's for yoga or art. It's very inspiring when you're standing inside of it. I love it. It reminds me of the captain's quarters on board the whaling vessel, The Morgan, down at the Mystic Seaport Museum," Wiley said.
The dwelling was "upcycled" from a Noank marina.
According to the seller, the fishing shack once had sleeping accommodations on the second floor, while the first floor was reserved for the task of hand-tying nets.
"This yard would be great for somebody who loves to garden, as it's terraced," the listing agent pointed out. "I'm not a 'green thumb,' so I would just leave it the way it is — simple, but if you were so inspired, you could have an absolutely stellar garden."
The property is being sold with deeded access to a shared waterfront parcel and dock on West Cove.
"There are five wonderful restaurants you can walk to when you live in Noank, including Carson's, which was first opened in 1907 by the Carson family. Today, the Blackers own it and do a fabulous job with their delicious menu. Then you have the Fisherman Restaurant you can walk to, and also B&B. Ford's Lobster is literally just up over on the other side of the hill. There's Abbott's and Costello's, and over course living in Noank puts you in proximity to downtown Mystic. Mystic is merely a hop and skip away. You can walk, bike or drive there. Between the two, as far as I'm concerned, it is heaven on earth," Wiley concluded.
Square Footage: 1,984
Acreage: 0.168 acre
Asking Price: $850,000
Seller's Agent: Marie Tyler Wiley, William Raveis Real Estate, Mystic; (860) 941-9519 cell; email@example.com