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Life on the Water: A Homeowner's View from Tiverton, RI

Posted by Emily Chappell on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 12:22pm.

We write a lot about RI waterfront homes, but sometimes it's nice to hear from people who actually live in them.  Here's one owner's take on the pleasures of living at 1601 Main Road in Tiverton - a pretty enticing deal at $895,000.

 “My husband and I bought the property at 1601 Main Road (then a summer cottage) in 1996 when two of our three children were still in high school – both avid sailors. We fell in love with its immediacy to so many things:  water play of all kinds right off our own dock – swimming, sailing, kayaking; early morning light climbing the houses and boat yard across the Basin, at night the lights of the Mt. Hope Bridge in the distance, and the Sakonnet River Bridge to the North; spectacular sunsets; and, the ability to watch the life on the Basin from within the house and the deck, which runs the length of the house 17 feet above over and above the water. As a result, we built the existing structure to make it our year-round family home in 1999.

It remains a wonderful experience first to catch a glimpse of the Tiverton Basin as we open the entry gate, then to have a 180 degree-plus vista up and down the Sakonnet greet us as we enter the front door;  guests new to our home often emit a “Wow” as they first come upon this scene.  In the late spring and summer we enjoy leaving open the French doors going onto the deck, making the deck another “room” in the house in which to sit and experience the weather and the views.  And, in the winter, no matter what blustery, cold, snowy or stormy weather is occurring outside, the house is snug and warm inside, a cocoon from which to safely observe nature’s goings-on.  The joy I, as a photographer, take in recording the changing seascape remains unabated.

Over the years this house has been a wonderful place for all sorts of social events, capable of housing throngs of people on its various levels with no sense of a crowd. Children, grandchildren, all ages, have enjoyed this unique place and all it offers.”

 

Emily Chappell

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