Former shoreline sheep barn and ‘upside-down house’ listed for $5.5M

The property located on 1 and 3 Neck Road in Old Lyme sits directly on the Lieutenant River, but its waterfront location isn’t the only notable feature associated with land.

According to listing agent with William Pitt Sotheby’s Essex brokerage Jennifer Caulfield, one of the most interesting things about the Neck Road property besides the three separate residences on the property is the background of the main house.

“It was a stone house rebuilt from a sheep barn in the early 1900s,” she said. “It’s a really unique property. It has beautiful windows and a lot of European flair.”

Listed for $5.5 million, the Old Lyme property has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and nearly 5,000 square feet of living space. Caulfield noted that the main residence — known as the Marsh House for the marshland on which its built— is considered an “upside-down house” in its layout. 

The 1 and 3 Neck Road property in Old Lyme, Conn. sits on over 14 acres of land and has its own private deep-water dock.

The 1 and 3 Neck Road property in Old Lyme, Conn. sits on over 14 acres of land and has its own private deep-water dock.

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“On the lower level is the walkout to the pool and terraces, as well as the kitchen, family room, dining room, bedroom and bath,” she said. “Then you go up to the second level, to more formal rooms, and then you go up to a third level to a whole master suite.”

Inside the main residence are “massive floor-to-ceiling, multi-paned arched windows,” according to the listing, along with high ceilings and several formal and informal living spaces. There’s also a saltwater pool, deep-water dock and a private tennis court just outside the main home.

The boathouse, or the second residence on the Neck Road property, is a full guest house, according to the listing, and is furnished with an updated kitchen, great room, bedroom and bathroom. 

Caulfield noted that while the third home on the property is designated as 3 Neck Road since it sits on its own separate parcel, it is being sold with the main house and Boathouse. Called Gate House, the third residence was built in the 1900s on nearly 1 acre of land, according to the listing, and has two bedrooms and a separate entry. 

The listing notes that there is also “the potential for a separate building lot,” though Caulfield noted that the land is not yet permitted or surveyed. With all the space and amenities the home has to offer, Caulfield said the property provides a gathering place for friends and family.

"It's this whole kind of enclave that would be in our continuous pandemic life here such a family compound,” she said. “So there lots of places for guests and family and friends and all of that…There’s nothing like it in all of the village of Old Lyme."

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