The first thing that catches your attention will be the grounds. You won’t even think of looking for the front door when you gaze upon 10-plus acres of land, land that has been lovingly and purposefully tended for years by owners who realize they don’t just own the land, they share it with nature.

To that end, so much as been done to preserve the wildlife in the area and to share the beauty of the natural surroundings. Begin with the perennial garden that was created by one of the owners, a former master gardener. There is not just design here, but purpose, featuring a built-in underground irrigation system and special netting to both deer proof and rabbit proof the vegetable garden’s offerings.

Now, direct your gaze to the birdbath which is completely heated to keep its “occupants” returning all year long. Not only is this an aesthetic benefit, but having birds around greatly decreases the insect population, especially in summer.

Walk the fully lighted path to the pond, stopping to observe the fairy ponds along the way, a delightful nod to Celtic tradition. This property completely encircles the pond, a pond you’ll want to both swim and kayak in by summer and skate on in the winter...and it’s all yours since the property and that of your nearest neighbors is not allowed to be sub-divided. There’s a screened-in gazebo by the pond, so you can enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktails while you watch ripples on the water and enjoy sunrises and sunsets.

Eventually you must take the pastoral walk back to the main house, and see all it affords, but before you do, take a look at the meadow, complete with zipline, yet another wonderful place for children, grandchildren, and adults to run free in nature.

This home was built in 1948, and because of that, it is so very well built. But it has been added onto and renovated a number of times, so it keeps the vintage country look while still being complemented with modern design and conveniences. The kitchen includes a large pantry, a center island workspace, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and all floors are wide plank pine throughout. Adjacent to the kitchen is a sizable dining room where, according to the present owner, “we have comfortably seated as many as 17 for dinner.”

You’re going to love the library! With a whole wall of built-ins for your own collection, this room also would convert easily to an office. There’s a full bath on the first floor with a large closet within and modern design and conveniences throughout. The T.V. room the present owners have can also make an inviting living room since it’s set off by a wood burning fireplace. Additionally, this property has three wood burning stoves to keep you toasty inside when the cold winds blow outside. And when that happens, you will enjoy even more snuggling in your four-seasons room which will let you enjoy the snowy outdoors and the never-ending visits by birds in winter - as well as summer when you can bask in the natural warmth of your deck or sit around the fire pit at night.

Although his home was built in the 1940s the builder had a wise eye to the future since all three bedrooms are quite large with unusually spacious closets, even a walk-in closet. The master shares a full bath with the second floor guest room, which is both convenient and well thought out.

The basement is partially finished and is used right now as a workout room, but there’s plenty of space here for you to indulge your own interests and imagination.

You’ll love the three-car detached garage with large workshop and even a she-shed...how much more modern can you get?

This very unique property is just two miles from I-95, is part of the Exeter-West Greenwich school system, and gives you plenty of privacy in nature while still being accessible to shopping, restaurants, churches, and more.

If you love making things grow, watching the change of season, having birds perennially singing in your yard, swimming, kayaking, having room to run and play for animals, kids, and yes, even adults (!), then you must give Broker Associate Annie Fox a call and ask to see 431 Austin Farm Road in Exeter… It’s not for everyone, but it just might be for YOU!

Listing price: $575,000. Taxes:$5853.

Call one of Coldwell Banker’s best: Annie Fox at (401) 741-3963 or email: anniefox@coldwellbanker.com

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