Coming Spring 2021 - Riverbend House - A Glorious North River English Country Residence

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Boasting superb south facing river views and one of the North River's finest settings, “Riverbend House”, with its myriad wildlife, sublime serenity, abounding nature & its ever changing colorful vistas, is a grand English Country retreat which evocatively captures the true essence of river front living. With 197 feet of easily accessible river frontage, a private river beach AND private dock/pier with dining deck, ocean boating access & fishing from your dock couldn’t be more convenient. The spacious yard with its lawns, gardens & terraces invites recreation and entertaining on many levels. With several updates between 2017 and 2020, the home’s English Country décor offers both grand and intimate spaces. Some of its features include exquisite antique pine paneling & accents, an array of beautiful woodwork, built-ins & wood floors, a beautifully designed custom Faneuil kitchen, 3 magnificent fireplaces, 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths including a stunning new master spa and bath - all presented in one superb floor plan. The new, grand 3 bay garage/boathouse is fully insulated and has both a workshop area and a heated riverfront studio retreat paneled with wood milled from old trees harvested from the property.  The three garage bays and the workshop areas have plaster skim coated walls.

Formerly part of a larger tract of land, this parcel, and the rest of the Barrys Landing neighborhood, once comprised the grounds of the historically significant Briggs Shipyard.  A historic marker, located on the property at the water's edge, notes that 69 wooden sailing vessels ranging in size from 29 to 400 tons were built at the Shipyard and launched from its shores between the Mid 17th and Early 19th Centuries. The Briggs Shipyard had approximately 429 feet of arguably some of the very best water frontage on the North River - gentle sloping land, a natural river beach between the coastal bank and the water's edge and an expansive width of river in front of the property.  It's because of these qualities that the water frontage of the Briggs Shipyard was then and still is "prized land" for its dockage capabilities and its short boating distance to open ocean access.

The Grounds:  Located on the corner of Barrys Landing and Neal Gate Street, the approach to this acre plus setting takes you past the property's upper woodland grove of pine, cedar, oak and holly trees, framed by a beautiful stone wall, to a clearing with lawn and gardens rolling down to the front terrace.  The drive swings through the side yard and opens to a magnificent view across the rear lawn and gardens to the river.  The rear yard is terraced with both an upper and lower lawn and connected by both granite stairs and a separate woodland path. Colorful wildflower beds and an abundance of established hedges, bushes and perennials adorn the landscape attracting a host of wildlife throughout the seasons.  This property provides just under 200 feet of river frontage (which is almost half of the total waterfront of the Briggs Shipyard) along with the Shipyard's river beach.  In addition, a private mahogany dock and pier was newly permitted and constructed in 2001 - together with its gangway and mahogany float, it offers exceptional boating dockage.  

The Residence:  Designed by its current owners (the listing agents) and constructed in 1998/1999, the property, as presented today, is the result of a 23 year labor of love and creativity that has been the setting for countless intimate gatherings and grand celebrations with family, friends and clients over the years creating a host of memories along the way for the many who have spent time here.  In addition to its extensive architectural details and beautiful appointments which have been added over time, this home has been further enhanced in recent years with a series of updates and renovations as well as the construction of a freestanding garage/boathouse building - the result is a stylish, on trend country estate that rivals new construction - but with its "old world" features and its unrivaled parcel and setting, it presents a most compelling opportunity for enjoying a life along this beautiful river. 

The main and second floors provide just over 4,000 sq ft of living area while the recently finished portion of the lower level offers an additional (approximately) 700 finished & heated sq ft of living area.  The main level includes a two story foyer reception hall; a library office; a fireplaced media/family room; an open concept fireplaced great room; breakfast room and state of the art culinary center with separate pantry; a formal dining room; a full bath and a "pub in a closet"!  The flow is most conducive for entertaining with wide hallways connecting all of the rooms in a circular flow.  Upstairs, a central hallway links the four bedrooms and three full bath rooms including a fireplaced master suite with wardrobe room & stunning new spa bath; and a charming guest room en suite with wardrobe room and private bath.  Below stairs is a delightful family room and separate laundry center as well as a large unfinished section of the basement for utilities, ample storage and woodworking shop. The soaring roof lines enclose a spacious attic with expansion potential.  The garage boathouse building presents three parking bays for vehicles along with additional space at each end for a separate workshop and the heated, riverside studio retreat that's sure to bring a smile to your face!  Additional items of interest include town water; private septic system (designed for 5 bedrooms); forced hot hydro air heating (new boiler installed in 2020); whole house water filtration system; central air conditioning and a whole house, auto start propane generator (installed in early 2020).  Barrys Landing is a private lane.

The combination of its beautiful residence and outbuilding, its prime location and river frontage, stunning views, natural privacy and beauty, broad lawns, colorful gardens, a superb pier with gangway and docking float (which since constructed has always maintained water to float the owners' tethered boats regardless of tides), an easily accessible waterfront (without having a stretch of marsh to cross), a sheltered position with just a short distance to the open ocean and only the height restrictions imposed by the Route 3A bridge for boat clearance make this an incomparable waterfront property - if you're truly familiar with the North River's coastline, you know this one is in a class by itself.

The owners have had a grand time creating and enjoying Riverbend House for almost a quarter century.  Just imagine the memories which lay ahead for the next owners and stewards of this special place. 

 

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Listed by David Drinkwater of Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc

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