By Jan Tormay
If the white-shingled house, mature trees and sprawling grounds at 120 Barbers Pond Road in West Kingston could talk, they would tell you that they had lots of company, heard much laughter, and had been greatly loved. Last purchased in 1947 by Dr. Sidney Goldstein and his wife Terrie, it served as the family’s summer retreat for many years and even as a small nursing home for a time. The Goldsteins loved to entertain and would host parties with over 100 guests.
And, a fun fact, according to local legend, it was a speakeasy during the Prohibition era called “The Rendezvous.”
Situated off South County Trail on almost one-half acre of land with a stone retaining wall in front and overlooking Barbers Pond in back, this modified Cape Cod home now awaits its next family. There are so many places to have fun on this property. Close to the pond are a large grassy area and a cement patio. Off to the side is a flat grassy area – perfect for playing badminton or volleyball on nice days. Later, roast marshmallows in the adjacent outdoor fireplace.
There is plenty of parking for guests and the property also has a detached 2-car garage. A long cement walkway brings you to the front of the home. Its enclosed riverboat porch with white wainscoted walls and beadboarded ceilings stretches all the way across the front of the house. The right side of it offers a huge space for a dining table and chairs. Best of all, you have a fabulous view of the pond from this vantage point. Imagine opening the windows and enjoying cool breezes and candlelit evenings with friends and family. The opposite side of the porch features an elegant rounded section with a door that leads to an exterior backyard staircase.
Enter into a huge open living/dining area with beamed ceilings, a wood fireplace, built-in bookcases and paneled walls. Hang coats in a handy double closet in a nearby hallway.
Beyond bookcases on the far left side of the living room, is a private area with built-in cabinets and shelving. Utilize it as an office, study, or play area. Hardwood floors flow throughout this unique antique home.
A half bath is centrally located just off the living room. Next to the bath, is a quaint kitchen complete with a dumbwaiter! An array of windows brings in natural light wherever you are.
The upper level offers a master bedroom and 3 smaller bedrooms. All have closets and most have an additional storage area. No need to go downstairs in the middle of the night. There is a full bath on the second floor.
Double-wide stairs lead to the lower level, which contains an updated oil furnace, additional living space, and a half bath. In addition to several open areas, one large portion has been closed in. There is also a laundry room with a large sink on the lower level.
This first floor is cozy and comfortable. Maintain the rich dark wood, or go crazy with white, gray and yellow paint combinations and transform this home into an airy cottage with a shabby chic décor. Built in 1888, this 9-room home needs updating. But when you consider it has beautiful hardwood floors throughout most of the rooms, 2.5 baths, a wonderful 3-season porch, lovely grounds, and a spectacular view, it’s worth it! Plus, think of all the fun you will have with family and friends. Go fishing, kayaking and canoeing in the huge pond. Or just relax and take in the view.
And don’t forget how spacious this charming house is. The first and second levels offer 1,904-square feet of living space. Utilize another 840-square feet on the lower level for storage, or create entertainment areas for pool/air hockey tables and watching television.
Imagine living in such an idyllic retreat and being only 5 minutes from the train station, University of Rhode Island, and local restaurants. Additionally, you’re about 15 minutes from the hospital and public schools. Major shopping venues are less than 20 minutes away.
This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on almost one-half acre of land offers oil heat and 100-amp electrical service. The listing price is $399,000. For more information, contact Realtor Rhonda Mesenbourg of Coldwell Banker Coastal Homes at 401-596-6333, or email her at Rhonda.mese.