Shelter Harbor home offers summer or year-round resort living

Shelter Harbor home offers summer or year-round resort living

As if lifted from a delightful children’s storybook, an expanded A-frame at 4 Gounod Road in Westerly promises to be a dream come true. Enjoy whiffs of lilacs, honeysuckle and wild gravevines wafting through the air, while bunnies, owls, foxes, deer and other wildlife play on marked trails throughout the Shelter Harbor community. Walk one-half mile to saltwater at Quonochontaug Pond’s Grove Dock where you can store your kayak and go swimming and fishing. A short drive by car or a quick boat trip, you can also be by the sea at Shelter Harbor Fire District Beach for a day of swimming, crabbing, and clamming. You might even see a seal!

This heavenly setting has a wonderful backstory, which explains why all the street signs in the neighborhood are named after famous composers and musicians: Verdi, Rossini, Wagner, Grieg, Handl, Brahms, Gershwin, Schumann, and Gounod.

In 1911, Dr. Franklin Lawson purchased a building and opened The Shelter Harbor Inn in order to create a place for New York City musicians to vacation. After other artists purchased surrounding farmland lots, the new community was named “Musicolony.” By the early 1920s, the neighborhood included many non-musicians, so it changed its name to Shelter Harbor.

Set back from the road at the end of a dead-end street with 2 lots and almost one-half acre of property, is the cedar-shingled, contemporary home. A long, gravel driveway leads to an oversized, one-car garage.

The forested area on the left is designated open space and belongs to Shelter Harbor and the State of Rhode Island. On the right the arborvitae bushes and a fence provide privacy. Beyond the clearing in the back, is the extra wooded lot that extends to Wagner Road.

Enter this house with cathedral ceilings and pine planking on both sides of the angled entry way. Large windows everywhere maintain a light-and-airy atmosphere. Tile flooring flows throughout most of the first level’s open floor plan. On the right, is a dining space with a beautiful chandelier. The living area on the left offers a cozy setting with a brick, gas-fireplace in which to relax, read a book, or watch television.

The adjacent eat-in kitchen is exquisitely designed with dark marble countertops, an island, breakfast bar, and cherrywood cabinetry with pull-out, soft-close drawers. The white appliances include a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and self-cleaning oven with flat-top stove.

Down a hallway is a large, carpeted master bedroom suite with a double closet. A pocket door leads directly into the full bath. Another door exits into the hallway, which also makes this bathroom accessible for guests.

Continue on towards the back of the house and through another door into the Great Room with tile flooring and a wet bar with space for a mini-refrigerator. Its focal point is a stone, wood-burning fireplace that stretches from the floor to the ceiling. It is flanked on both sides with cabinetry to store electronics and other items. Tucked behind doors on the opposite side of the room are a washer and dryer. For fresh air, press a button to open high, remote-controlled windows. Double French doors lead to a huge slate patio and private yard. An enclosed outdoor shower and changing area has also been added.

The second level features 2 roomy bedrooms, a full bath, and a lovely loft den that overlooks the first floor. From this vantage point, you have a fantastic view of nature through large windows. With a built-in desk and room for a couch and chairs, the loft makes a perfect office, study, or place to listen to music. Imagine someone playing a grand piano or other musical instrument on the first floor and the melody drifting upwards.

For more living space, head to the huge lower-level with tile flooring and recessed lighting.

Built in 1984, with an abundance of closet space, this expanded A-frame offers 1,989 square feet of living space on the first and second floors and another 788 square feet on the lower level.

This house is heated and cooled with five ductless Fujitsu units. Electric baseboard heating is also available on the first and second floors. A built-in house-fan, as well as ceiling fans throughout the home, can be utilized to circulate sea breezes.

Revel in having deeded ocean beach rights to nearby Shelter Harbor Fire District Beach and living one-half mile from Quonochontaug Pond. Plus, you can walk to Shelter Harbor Inn for a divine breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The new price for this cedar-shingled home at 4 Gounod Road in Westerly’s Shelter Harbor is $599,000. All furnishings are for sale. For information or a private tour, contact Realtor Denise Fusaro of Randall, Realtors at 401-265-9148, or by email at An open house will be held on Saturday, July 28th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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