Private Barrington retreat in an unparalleled natural setting

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The East Bay of Rhode Island is not the most obvious place to look for secluded tranquility when it comes to real estate.  It becomes an even bigger challenge when you are just a matter of minutes from the capital city, shopping, and access to a number of interstate highways. Yet this unique, warm, shingle-style home, conveniently located at 9 Veritas Way in Barrington manages to harmoniously integrate with the sweeping westerly exposure and expansive body of water of which it enjoys unobstructed views.

Sited on Hundred Acre Cove, an important saltwater estuary, the property is separated from the cove by conservation land, yet still enjoys complete and unfettered access to the shoreline for boating, wildlife viewing, and other recreational activities. Dominated by cordgrasses, mud flats and sandy uplands, the Cove features an extraordinary concentration of some 50 nesting Northern diamondback terrapin—the only known known nesting area in Rhode Island for this species whose northern range extends only as far north as Wellfleet, Massachusetts. The tidal salt marsh estuary, the third largest in Rhode Island, also supports important breeding populations of clapper rail, seaside sparrow, and long-billed marsh wren. Mallards and American black duck can also be found in the cove, as well as fish including white perch, striped bass, and herring.

Eleven rooms on a quiet cul-de-sac, including a luxurious first floor master suite, a library, family room, and large eat-in kitchen, as well as 4 full bathrooms and a half-bathroom on three levels, make for a spacious and comfortable family home. A cedar closet and a wet bar, hardwood floors, quality construction, central air and vacuum, and a three-car garage are welcome details, as is the private lower level, which would provide perfect accommodation for an au pair.

Venturing off the property brings you into Barrington, a town known for high-performing schools, lovely waterfront, proximity to Providence, and recreational opportunities from sailing to golf and community tennis facilities.

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