The Day – Ancient Colonial, close to downtown Mystic
The historic four-bedroom colonial at 132 Clift Street in Mystic, Connecticut was brand new to the market when Jon Arruda shared some thoughts with Welcome Home on the property’s many compelling attributes. Arruda, associate broker at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Mystic, represents the seller of the property.
As examples, he cited the antique character of the 2,942-square-foot architecture and interiors, the neighborhood’s peaceful setting, and proximity to Mystic’s shops, restaurants, and amenities.
The house was built in 1880 by Nancy Clift Chesebro, and later became the home of Judge Lemuel Clift, who had served three years in the 8th Connecticut Volunteers as a private. He then served as probate judge. Their former home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Much of the original architectural character has been preserved, Arruda noted. For example, the trim around the windows is original, as are the overlay moldings. There is original paneling among the interiors and fully functional transom windows above the interior doors.
“Modern updates can be added, but this woodwork describes old-world craftsmanship,” Arruda suggested.
“The ground floor is open, but still allows a separate flow between formal and informal dining and living – also great light,” Arruda said.
There are two entrances to the first floor – the main entrance and a side entrance which opens into a cloakroom next to the kitchen.
Inside the front door, formal living and dining rooms are to the right and left of the central hall and main staircase. At the back of the house is the kitchen with dining area and a large family room measuring 22 feet by 15 feet. It opens onto a balcony-terrace. A second staircase from the kitchen leads to the second level.
There are two wood-burning fireplaces on the first floor, in the family room and the dining room, and both have been taken advantage of for more efficient wood-burning appliances.
The four bedrooms are located on the second floor, including a master suite with a full bathroom and two walk-in closets. The three additional bedrooms share a full bathroom.
“The third floor, which is traditionally an attic in this style home, is fully finished and heated, adding an additional 400 square feet of office or flex space,” the listing agent suggested.
This house also has a full basement, with a laundry room, plenty of storage space and the attached two-car garage.
Spread over 0.54 acres, the land is manageable and nestled in the grounds is a charming “treehouse” – a whimsical structure that is very popular with children of all ages. It can serve traditionally as a play space or perhaps be complemented by a seasonal creative work space, like a writer’s house.
Arruda described the setting as quiet and just far enough away from Mystic’s busy thoroughfares and tourist traffic for it to have a real neighborhood feel.
“Mystic has become a bustling downtown area with more modern restaurants, galleries and hostels, but this little neighborhood feels so remote, even though it’s a stone’s throw away,” Arruda said. “It’s a quintessential mystical historic feel, with all the houses being historic and the properties bounded by the original stone walls.”
By the deadline, the seller of 132 Clift Street had accepted an offer; however, replacement offers may still be accepted.
Establishment: 132 Clift Street, Mystic
Square area: 2,942
Asking price: $969,900
Seller’s Agent: Jon Arruda, Associate Broker, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty; Office: (860) 536-5900; Mobile: (860) 574-5470; [email protected]