Â—By, Nicole Vecchiarelli
YouÂ’ve had this home for 22 years. YouÂ’re obviously very attached. I grew up in Westport and I always admired Essex, being a sailor and someone who loves the
water and boating. The town reminded me of Westport in that there were fewer people as well as access to the waterfront. Just a quieter way of life in general.
How would you describe the setting? ThereÂ’s a natural channel where we are, so itÂ’s not noisy, but its fantastic for wildlife. ThereÂ’s every kind of bird known to man; we get eagles, ospreys, all kinds of hawks, swans, geese, every duck. ItÂ’s just amazing for anybody that likes bird life.
Being a sailor, would you have preferred to have the home directly on the ocean? I just like the water, so I love to be on the ocean or a river or an estuary. Some people may find endless water more tranquil and more desirable. But I find living in an area that is less ocean-like is more interesting. I like the activity of the wildlife with the ducks swimming around and the muskrats and the turtles. And I have easy access to the Connecticut River, The Long Island Sound, and the ocean.
How often do you take advantage of that? We keep a boat called an Edgewater
26 at the dock thatÂ’s right at our house. And we also have a 55-foot powerboat with a couple of state rooms in it and a nice galleyÂ—itÂ’s just a really great boat to get around in. Some people think that itÂ’s ironic that I have a powerboat with all the sailing I do, but it actually suits us really well. We can be on the water quickly and take a little cruise around with a glass of wine and a fishing pole, or go way down to the yacht club. Or weÂ’ll take the bigger boat to a cove thatÂ’s quite near here to have dinner and listen to music. We also have kayaks and a canoe. So IÂ’m not short on boatsÂ—we can
go anywhere we want. And we have a lot of friends that like to cruise around, too.
Like this weekend, weÂ’re going to Newport, which is about a three-hour trip on
our power boat.
How you would describe the feel of the house itself? The whole place was built around giving every room a view of the water. ItÂ’s very open, and weÂ’ve got a terrace in the back that we use a lot. And whatÂ’s cool is that every month here has a different look. In the winter, the cove ices over, so it doesnÂ’t have the vegetation like in the summer, obviously, but itÂ’s a really bright sunlit look and itÂ’s quite charming. You never tire of it.
Whidden purchased this home in 1988. It features four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, 2,600 square feet of living space, and sits on one acre of land in a quiet channel with direct access to the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.