Newly listed, with timeless appeal in Mystic
By Gretchen A. Peck
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Realtors Ann Burgess and Amy Swan invite the public to open house events this weekend at the newly listed 2 Ivy Road in Mystic. There are open houses on Saturday, May 20, from 1 to 3 p.m., and on Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Welcome Home spoke with Burgess about the property, which dates back to 1894, but was expanded and improved over the more than century since. Wisteria vines climb the front entryway—adding a whimsical flair to the house’s front façade when they bloom.
Throughout the 1,722 square feet of living space, earnest buyers will find hardwood floors, charming built-ins and two wood-burning fireplaces.
In recent years, the seller made a number of improvements to the house, including updating the two baths and adding a new roof in the past few years.
The L-shaped kitchen has closed and open cabinetry, with shelves made of soapstone.
“The counters are also made of very lovely soapstone, and there are hardwood floors,” Burgess said. The seller was a passionate cook, who certainly appreciated the built-in food pantry, a two-drawer dishwasher and new refrigerator. “There’s also enough room to add a small breakfast table to the space. It’s so pretty, with the morning sun.”
One of two bedrooms, the primary bedroom is on the first floor, which may appeal to buyers in hopes of one-level living. “It’s very generous in size, with nice closet space and lots of windows and beautiful light,” Burgess said.
If it’s not needed for use as a second bedroom, the upstairs loft-like bedroom could also be leveraged as a home office. The second full bath is also on this level.
Burgess noted that the proportion and dimensions of the second-floor space afford a buyer some flexibility to convert it to a three-bedroom home, simply by bumping out one of the dormers.
The house is complemented by two outbuildings, including a detached two-car garage, which has an additional space for storage or perhaps a workshop. A wood stove keeps the space particularly comfortable even during the harshest New England winters.
“There’s also a little shed for yard equipment and gardening tools,” she said. “And there’s wonderful outdoor space, where the seller has entertained friends and family. It has a roof, which protects it from the rain.”
Herself a long-time resident of Mystic, Burgess said the neighborhood is a best-kept secret—far enough away from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown and the tourist season. “Still, it’s a walk-to-town property,” she said, “provided you’re used to walking. And it sits up high on a hill, in a neighborhood with a mixture of architecture and housing styles. It’s tucked away and quite quiet.”
Property: 2 Ivy Rd., Mystic
Square Footage: 1,722
Asking Price: $675,000
Seller’s Agents: Ann Burgess and Amy Swan, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, New England Properties; Burgess’ Mobile: (860) 705-3133; Swan’s Mobile: (860) 908-2568; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org