An enchanting A-Frame home is now available within the highly desirable Shelter Harbor Community in Westerly, Rhode Island – formerly established by vacationing artists and referred to as “Musicolony” in the early twentieth century.

This explains why all the street signs in this neighborhood are named after famous composers and musicians: Verdi, Rossini, Wagner, Grieg, Handl, Brahms, Gershwin, Schumann, and Gounod.

Immerse yourself in a wonderland of nearby fun activities. Walk one-half mile to saltwater at Quonochontaug Pond’s Grove Dock where you can store your kayak and go swimming and fishing. A quick trip by car or boat will bring you to the sea at Shelter Harbor Fire District Beach for a day of swimming, crabbing, and clamming.

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

The forested area on the left is designated open space and belongs to the Shelter Harbor Community 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.

Follow the front slate pathway to the wraparound deck and into a sun-filled, open floor plan with large windows, cathedral ceilings, and tile flooring.

Settle into the cozy living area with a gas fireplace to watch television, read a book, or just relax. Enjoy formal meals in the dining area, which features an overhead chandelier, while the chef’s kitchen offers an island with a snack bar. Exquisitely designed, this kitchen also provides marble countertops and cherry cabinetry with pull-out, soft-close drawers. The white appliances include a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and self-cleaning oven with a 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 a wet bar and space for a mini-refrigerator. Its focal point is a wood-burning stone 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. Double French doors lead to a huge slate patio, private yard, enclosed outdoor shower, and changing area.

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. Additionally, 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 lunch or dinner.

Besides all the saltwater activities, private tennis courts and marked walking trails, you could apply to join the Weekapaug Yacht Club. Throughout the year, there are also many neighborhood activities such as potluck picnics, card games and mahjong – which help you to get to know your neighbors. The biggest Shelter Harbor event is held on the Fourth of July with fireworks on the beach, a parade, potluck-picnic, and road race. Renters and guests are invited to attend all community events.

Feel the history of this magical place, which all started when Dr. Franklin Lawson purchased a building in 1911 and opened The Shelter Harbor Inn in order to create a place for New York City musicians to vacation. Other artists quickly purchased surrounding farmland lots and built homes. By the early 1920s, Musicolony included many non-musicians, so the name was changed to Shelter Harbor Community.

Enjoy this stunning home year round or as a vacation retreat and investment property. Its rental history for the last 2 years has been $2,700 per week for 6 weeks.

The new price for this cedar-shingled home at 4 Gounod Road in Westerly, Rhode Island’s Shelter Harbor is $569,000 All furnishings could be included in the sale. For information or a private tour, contact Realtor Denise Fusaro of Randall, Realtors at 401-265-9148, or by email at

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