April 18, 2014 09:06AM
By Harvey M Blanchette
Photos supplied by Realtor
Recently, the real estate blog motovo.com published a survey of the top ten towns in Rhode Island in which to live. At the top of the list was Westerly. This comes as no surprise to any of us who have known all along that our coastal home was special. The food, the beaches, the solid real estate value and low crime rate all add up to Westerly being the best place in the state to own a house and call it home.
So here is your chance! You can own a home of stunning luxury, unmatched beauty and enormous space, which ideally capitalizes on its perfect location in Westerly, the apotheosis of coastal living. Westerly is number one in the state and this home is number One on Ocean Rise.
Ocean Rise abuts Shore Road and is directly opposite to Ocean View Highway. You could not find a location that is more central and conveniently located to the most gorgeous and unique areas Westerly has to offer. A short bike ride down Shore Road and you will find yourself in Misquamicut, with its beaches, restaurants, clubs, shopping and family entertainment.
If you pedal your way in the other direction, down Ocean View Highway, you will roll into gorgeous and historic downtown Watch Hill. Watch Hill has some of the most beautiful scenery on the east coast and is home to the spectacular and world-renowned Ocean House, five star hotel, spa and restaurant. Along with the natural beauty, the quality and wide variety of shopping and food, Watch Hill remains a classic and timeless locale, one you will surely frequent from your new home.
However, location is only half of a home. You will have to live in the house itself, and given how stunning and spacious this house is, you may never want to leave to visit your local amenities and attractions. Coming in a just shy of 4000 square feet of livable space this Victorian-inspired home features five bedrooms and four and a half baths. Take that and the remaining rooms, and you will have more than enough room to house a large family while also hosting plenty of guests. The house sleeps 15!
As you approach your front door, you are greeted by a façade that has all the trappings of the quintessential Watch Hill home, the weathered grey shingles and bright white trim, but has a distinct and unique outline as to avoid feeling like a cookie-cutter coastal cottage. A broad and rambling wrap-around porch encompasses three sides of the home’s footprint affording plenty of room for comfortable and relaxing outdoor furniture while still allowing easy foot traffic. The grounds are impeccably maintained with a new sprinkler system for the lawn and gardens and substantial plantings, including a stunning pink dogwood and a series of knockout rose bushes.
Once you pass through the front door you will find the main foyer and stairwell to all three floors. In a lot of ways, this space sums up the feel of the whole house. It has dramatic lines but classic style. It’s spacious but not cavernous. Much of what makes this house so wonderful is what it does not do. It is full of details and assertive design choices, but never feels as if it is trying too hard, becoming overbearing with its style. It is gorgeous but comfortable. Established but flexible. Luxurious but livable. So many of the homes in this area are aware that they are mansions and in so doing end up feeling more like museums than homes. One Ocean Rise feels like a home, like it wants to be filled with people, with children, with friends, with family.
The first floor has an enormous and bright great room. A two-story cathedral ceiling, expansive windows and a fireplace create a warm inviting area for small or large groups of people. The dining room seats a large party for meals and the kitchen is well designed and up to date with new appliances, faucets and an instant hot water heater tap. A private sitting room and half bath finish off this floor by creating a cozy escape for a more intimate evening of reading, watching a movie or just enjoying the company of loved ones.
The second floor is home to the master suite, the laundry and the first two bedrooms. The master suite is huge and gorgeous. Situated on the corner of the building it also has a two-story cathedral ceiling above the sitting nook. A huge walk-in closet and spa-like bath complete the feel of a true private suite. After you finish your relaxing whirlpool bath you can relax on your private porch and watch the beauty of this area’s famously stunning sunsets.
The laundry has a new top of the line washer and dryer and the remaining two bedrooms are nearly suites themselves since they both have their own full baths and private porches.
The third floor takes advantage or every bit of space, enjoying high dramatic lines guided by the shape of the roof. There are two more large bedrooms and another full bath occupying half of this floor. The other half is a huge social room ready for entertaining or a perfect spot to house a spare bed or three for guests. Eave closets, which run the length of the house, are accessed from this room giving you fantastic storage for occasional and seasonal goods.
This is a house that has to be seen to be believed. Everything about the design and aesthetic is tastefully beautiful. Big enough to serve your family’s every need and versatile enough to facilitate any social event this house is ready to do the work a home ought to be able to do. Luxurious, comfortable, stylish and so close to the very best that Westerly has to offer, One Ocean Rise has everything you could want and need in a new home. You can see for yourself the rare combination of ultimate luxury and perfect location is waiting for you. This property is listed for $1,225,000. Please contact Sandy Bliven at 401-596-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. OPEN HOUSE APRIL 27, 11-2. Serving refreshments!