Riverside paradise

Photographs courtesy Sotheby’s International Realty. 

With apologies to Milton, paradise is regained in this Riverside estate, a 2.69-acre compound designed by Shope Reno Wharton with all the amenities for play — a pool, a tennis court, a squash pavilion, a guesthouse and a scenic pathway to the beach and private dock. Impeccably decorated by Victoria Hagan, the approximately 10,000-square-foot, 16-room house, built in 2004, incorporates natural light in a timeless layout. 

A wide transverse hallway lets you flow among the generously scaled primary rooms, all of which have fireplaces and views across the private yard. Casual entertaining is easy in the beautifully organized kitchen and the adjacent family room, which opens onto a wide terrace and a screened porch with fireplace. 

Upstairs, there are five bedrooms, including a master suite with a balcony. (There are also eight full and two partial baths.) Both sides of the house connect through a wide, book-lined hallway with access to a covered second-floor porch, ideal for summer reading. 

There’s also a large apartment with private access over the garage. Additional highlights include a first-floor gym, a guest suite with a private entrance, a finished lower level, and a mudroom designed for sports enthusiasts. A handsome and distinctive new outbuilding houses a first-rate squash facility. Other recreation areas — the pool, court and guest cottage — are shielded by a hemlock hedge. 

You can also sail, swim or catch a sunset by following a gravel path beyond the court to the water and the dock, with its views of Mead Point and the Long Island Sound. Priced at $14.5 million, this estate is a rare and exceptional find — the perfect spot in which to settle down or to enjoy as a weekend retreat.

For more, call Heather Platt at 203-983-3802.

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