The land records for House of the Week at 66 Seldon Road in Lyme date back to the 1600s. It was part of a 3,000-acre parcel that stretched on both sides of the Connecticut River. Over time, the land was subdivided and part of it became a national park. A cattle road was built in the 1850s, and a section of that road is now the driveway to this one-of-a-kind coastal resort.
“You have your own private peninsula with this property,” according to Michele Ferguson Nichols, Fieldstone Group real estate agent in Douglas Elliman Connecticut and co-listing agent for The Point.
A long gated driveway leads to the main house, a six bedroom custom built coastal contemporary.
Since its debut in 1990, this house has gone through two iterations. It was renovated and extended by the current owners in 2012. The original house was built with concrete and steel beams, 3 feet taller than the century-old floodplain.
The peninsula has water on two sides – in one direction, the Connecticut River; in the other, a cove leading to the Long Island Strait. The setting offers spectacular water views from many interior rooms.
Interiors offer an expansive 15,233 square foot living space, with decor Ferguson Nichols described as “very comfortable luxury.”
“It’s welcoming and the color scheme is neutral,” she said. Much of the parquet is quarter-sawn white oak. The built-in elements and beams are made of birch and mahogany has been chosen for the doors and trim.
The rooms are all generously proportioned, with high ceilings and plenty of windows to welcome natural light.
There are two kitchens – the main kitchen with a fireplace, pantry, antique cherry warmer cabinets and leather green granite surfaces. The secondary kitchen is positioned right next to the terrace; it is convenient for catered events or for outdoor entertaining. “They have gorgeous sunsets from that perspective,” said Ferguson Nichols.
With a total of 29 rooms, there are several options for home offices. “Downstairs you have the library. It has beautiful built-in units and a secret bathroom hidden behind a wall,” she said.
The master bedroom is also on the main level. It’s not hard to imagine this being a sanctuary at the end of a long day. It has its own spa room with a pedicure chair, a 6 foot by 12 foot heated thermal pool and a gas fireplace. Other extra-special features of the house include a fascinating 10-foot, 500-gallon tropical fish tank in the lanai.
The expansive deck that spans the full width of the back of the house is a feng shui design, with a fire pit on one end and a waterfall on the other. One part embraces the swimming pool, with plenty of space for dining and living room furniture.
Le Point is a high-tech and sustainable property. The lighting, air conditioning, irrigation, security and audiovisual systems are all automated. It is equipped with an efficient geothermal air conditioning system and a water filtration system throughout the house. All the mechanics are housed in the charming 1700s post and beam barn that was salvaged from a site in Vermont and moved to his new home here – on a new foundation with radiant heated floors. A second outbuilding is the shed, which has been converted into a three-bay garage with a separate one-bedroom apartment on the second level.
The owners have gone to great lengths to protect the property’s wetlands and eliminate all exotic and invasive plant and tree species, allowing a native sycamore forest to thrive. “You can walk here, take a nature walk and browse the property in complete privacy,” said real estate agent Douglas Elliman.
To take full advantage of the waterfront setting, there is both a stretch of beach and a 100-foot dock. Priced and positioned for luxury market buyers who enjoy sailing and all manner of water sports, this property has the added appeal of proximity to New York City, Hartford, Providence and Boston.