By Harvey M Blanchette
Photos supplied by the Realtor
As you enter the pleasant rounding driveway at 1256 Shannock Road and see the charming country cape looking back at you from its nest of evergreens, you might think, ‘Oh, what a cute little woodland cottage.”
Looks, however, can be deceiving and this cute little woodland cottage has some serious space, unexpected versatility and loads of potential.
When you enter the front door you are greeted by a spacious entry area and main hallway. The stair to the second floor is set back as to not crowd the front of the home and to avoid obstructing traffic flow. An enormous closet can be found off of this main entryway.
From this hall, you can either move into the front living room, the first floor bedroom or the kitchen. The front sitting room is a long roomy area, perfect for relaxing and entertaining. It contains a fireplace. The simple yet elegant brick fireplace is large enough to accommodate a sizable fire, but not so big as to overwhelm the space. The fireplace has a built in arch-topped wood storage just to the side, a decorative brick hearth and a gorgeous finished wood mantle.
Connecting the front room to the kitchen is the dining room, which has plenty of room for a family dinner while still having the potential of creating a very intimate and secluded meal.
The kitchen is lovely. Lots of gorgeous counter space and ample storage will guarantee that you will enjoy cooking, no matter your culinary skill level. A large dual-basin sink rests just below a wide window affording a picturesque view of the evergreen woods behind the house.
The family room is connected to the kitchen via a door and a pass-through window, creating a very open feeling. The woodstove lives here, a stately brick hearth and surround that houses a sturdy and attractive cast iron wood stove. Two dramatic skylights set in the high ceiling bring tons of light to this room. Perfect for large or small groups of friends, this social area leads out into the heated sunroom, with its plentiful windows and tiled floor. From here you move onto the back deck and out into the yard. Excellent flow and plenty of space make this a wonderful and comfortable part of the house to live and play.
As for the private rooms, there are three bedrooms upstairs and one on the first floor. The first floor bedroom is a very generous size, has ample closet space and is right next to the first floor half-bath and laundry room.
Upstairs you will find two very similar bedrooms. Both have excellent space and storage and the second floor full-bath, with its bathtub and shower, divide the two giving them both convenient access.
Once you move down the hall, however, passing an enormous walk-in closet and a separate cedar closet, you will find yourself in the master suite. This is a true suite. It has its own full bathroom and two individual closets. The gabled dormer lends light and drama to the line of the ceiling, capitalizing on the southeastern light that radiates into and suffuses every corner of this spacious bedroom. The spa-like bath has a jetted, tile surrounded tub and separate roomy shower. The master suite truly will be your retreat, where you can escape the stress of the day and just relax in a private personal space.
As for the last unmentioned area of the main house, the basement is huge, sprawling and has very high ceilings. Aside from the fact that this is easily more than enough storage for anything which you might not have everyday use, this basement has tons of potential for finishing. Radon mitigation has already been established so it is ready to be converted into a game room, den, workshop, office or entertainment lounge.
As if all that wasn’t enough to make you want to check out this spectacular find of a house. There is a full guest suite above the two-car garage. This creates a marvelous opportunity, to maintain the suite as a guesthouse for vacationing friends and family, a place for an older child, possibly a returning college student, to have some real privacy and independence or perhaps a studio for work or creative exploration. It could even function as an in-law apartment. The suite offers a loft-style apartment with a large single open space and the kitchen and full bath both opening from this main area.
All this room and potential is located in some of the most beautiful scenic surroundings Rhode Island has to offer. Tranquil woods surround the two and half acre property lending it a peaceful natural feel. Pasquiset Pond is one mile away to the west and Worden Pond a mile and half to the east. Hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities are right at hand, all with the convenience factor that practically nothing in Rhode is more than a half hour away.
So if you are looking for a home in a beautiful setting that has plenty of room in which to live and grow and is flexible enough to meet your every need, give a call and set up a time to check out the charming country cape on Shannock Road in Charlestown, Rhode Island. This property is listed for $379,500. Please contact Christine Holden at Randall Realtors Real Living for more information or a private viewing. You can call Christine at 401-783-2858 or email her at email@example.com.
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