May 30, 2014 03:12PM
By Harvey M Blanchette
Photos provided by the Realtor
Shelter Harbor is a gorgeous, but small community of homes between Route 1 and Quonochontaug Pond and is one of the most sought after places to live in Rhode Island. A rare opportunity exists right now for you to call this stunning and historic neighborhood your home.
In 1911, Dr. Franklin Lawson purchased The Shelter Harbor Inn in order to found a community for musicians. He encouraged other musicians to purchase lots from the surrounding 200 acres of farmlands and the new community, dubbed “Music Colony,” became the perfect place for musical families to escape between the summer and winter performance seasons in Newport and New York. By the early 1920’s, Music Colony had diversified its residents to include many non-musicians and the community changed its named to Shelter Harbor. However, the roads still retain the names of famous musicians such as Wagner, Gershwin, Grieg, and Gounod.
In March of last year the publication, Rhode Island Monthly, listed Wagner Road the number one street in South County on which to live. Wagner Road is the central vein that runs down the middle of Shelter Harbor, all the way down to Quonochotaug Pond where you will enjoy your own private mooring included with the ownership of this property. Gounod runs parallel to the Wagner and, save for your neighbors, is nearly traffic free.
Along with a gorgeous quiet neighborhood and your own boat mooring, you will also have access to Shelter Harbor’s private tennis courts, live moments from The Shelter Harbor Inn, one of the finest restaurants in the state, and have deeded beach rights to Weekapaug Beach, one of the most exclusive beaches on the eastern seaboard.
13 Gounod Road could be a refrigerator box on cement blocks and it would still be an amazing place to live because of where it is located. Luckily, instead of cardboard architecture, the home found at 13 Gounod is a stunning colonial-inspired house, built in 1994 and is beautiful, inside and out.
Outside, the clean lines and simple beauty of this home’s construction play perfectly with the well structured and colorful landscaping. Trees and shrubs of varying foliage colorations, flowering bushes, classic hardscaping artfully assembled from local quarries and stone sources and a backyard that opens out onto a nature preserve all help to create a relaxing and natural environment in which to live.
Once inside, you will find this house is all about space, light and details. Every room does its best to utilize plentiful windows and lighting to generate a warm, inviting atmosphere. The living room has a stately fireplace which visually interacts with the gorgeous hardwood floor in perfect harmony. There is also access to the screened section of the back deck so you can easily enjoy warm summer nights without having to bother about the occasional flying pest.
The kitchen is loaded to the brim with fantastic high-end culinary accoutrement. If you like cooking or having someone cook for you, this kitchen will be your chef’s heaven. Just as full of high quality details as the kitchen are the first floor bathroom and laundry. Staying clean has rarely looked so good.
Upstairs your master suite, two bedrooms and full bath will give your whole family room to rest and enjoy privacy. Both bedrooms are roomy and have great closet space. The main full-bath has plenty of space, with a shower and bath and lots of excellent storage. Both bathrooms, the main bath and the bath within the Master Suite, have solar tunnels, grabbing even more natural light and filling the room with a pleasant warm glow. A quick walk past the linen closet and you will be in the Master Suite.
Which is awesome. A large open room with its own fireplace, this space will be a wonderful place to end the day. An enormous walk-in closet opens into both the bedroom area and the full bath. The bath is like unto a fancy spa retreat. His and hers sinks, a custom tiled and glass walled shower, complete with rain-maker showerhead and a spacious whirlpool all create the real danger that you might never see any other part of the house. There is also a lockable joining door between the master suite and its neighboring bedroom lending the potential of that bedroom becoming a nursery or private dressing room.
Finally, the basement has plenty of great storage but also contains a large fully finished area, perfect for using as a den or guest area. It leads right out into the back yard and will be incredibly handy when coming home after a long day on the beach or just out at your pool.
Speaking of the pool, this beautifully tiled swimming pool is surrounded by a gorgeous bluestone patio, leads right to the back deck and is home to the above ground hot tub. With tons of space for furniture and a barbeque, this is guaranteed to be the hub of your summertime social activity.
There are so many great details throughout this property. From the beautiful crown moldings to the carefully applied wall texture to the striking and attractive fixtures, this is certainly a home built on the principles of quality construction and classic aesthetics. 13 Gounod Road could be located at the bottom of a volcano in Siberia and it would still be an amazing place to live because of how beautiful the house is.
Luckily it’s not. It’s located in one of the most sought after spots for property ownership in the state. The fact of the matter is that is house has it coming and going and if you are in the market for a new home, a place to spend your summers or just like seizing amazing opportunities when they come along, checking out 13 Gounod Road will be worth your time. If you would like a chance to see this fantastic home, contact Paul Nolan of Weichert Realtors at 401-932-0627. This property is listed for $825,000 and there will be an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday 1-3pm.