The welcoming front entrance
A Stylish Sanctuary
Tucked back off Forest Avenue sits a waterfront Colonial that offers privacy and panoramic views of Long Island Sound. When the current owners saw the house for the first time over twenty years ago, it was love at first sight. The view of the water beckoned.
Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Shope, Reno & Wharton, the 1994 custom home was built to age graciously. Before leaving the two-story entry, your eye is drawn to the fine craftsmanship, walls of French doors, and soaring ceilings.
The living and dining rooms are formal but open to one another and the outdoors, creating great family and entertaining flow.
The owners enclosed the screen porches at both ends of the house, which resulted in two enviable home offices/reading/napping rooms.
While most wouldn’t describe a kitchen as “grand”, no other descriptor does this one justice. The kitchen is grand in the old-fashioned sense. It’s a welcoming gathering place. This family of six has enjoyed many a fireside meal here, and whether they’re cooking, chatting, or cleaning up (elevating dishwashing to a desirable job), everyone can take in the water views when they’re not deep in conversation. Turn one corner and you’re in a cozy study, turn another and you’re in the family room.
A kitchen with a view and room for a big crew
The sweeping staircase leads to a perfectly outfitted master suite at one end and four bedrooms at the other. Oversized windows provide abundant light. On the top floor are both a rec room and a gym.
It’s rare to find a waterfront setting as private and peaceful as this in Rye. The 2.5–acre property offers space for every occasion and activity year-round. And this time of year, when all the leaves have fallen, new water views arrive just in time for the holidays.
A spacious patio runs the length of the house in back. The terraced property is lushly landscaped.