Indian Avenue, which runs from Middletown into Portsmouth along the shore of the Sakonnet River, is among the most desirable addresses in all of Rhode Island. This property, number 521 on the Middletown end of Indian, is among the avenue’s finest.
Situated on a little more than two acres with southeastern exposure and unobstructed water views, the centerpiece of this nearly-6,000-square-foot home is the great hall, with its 35-foot ceiling, Palladian windows, and hand-carved exposed beams.
Several of the home’s vaulted ceilings feature beaded tongue and groove paneling. This, as well as the raised panel design in the entrance hall, along the open staircase, and in the formal living, dining and breakfast rooms, were all custom designed, milled and installed by local craftsmen.
Yet despite its grand heart, the home still manages to be warm and very livable — cozy, even.
Designed by Newport architect Charles Fink, the layout of 521 Indian Ave. is casual, with one room opening to the next, reflecting an easy, coastal-living lifestyle. Multiple levels of windows dominate the walls from ceiling to floor, offering spectacular views, while no less than 11 sets of French doors allow access to multi-level bluestone patios. Passive solar warms the house in winter, while ocean breezes and exterior awnings keep things cool in the summer.
The modern and spacious kitchen opens to the family room, which features a hand-carved antique wooden mantle adorned with Delft tiles. The master suite includes a sitting area, walk-in closets, an elegant bath with a large soaking tub, separate shower, and a private terrace. Three bedrooms on the second level each feature their own private baths and expansive closets. A rear entrance leads to a patio, three-car garage, and the alcove to the private, self-contained wing. With a living room, dining and kitchen areas, two bedrooms, and a full bath, it’s perfect quarters for guests or a nanny.
The mature landscape design features carefully chosen trees and shrubs well-suited to a coastal climate. Stone walls, courtyards, raised flower beds and terraces are artfully arranged throughout the grounds, and the seawall lining the shore includes a built-in boat house. A separate, private beach cottage with a wood stove and lavette makes for an ideal a play house, pool house, or artist’s studio.
Just the facts
- 6,000 sq. feet
- Century 21 Access America
- Dave Lawrence