It’s a basic rule of entertaining etiquette to greet guests upon their arrival and make them feel welcome. However, there’s no protocol that says this has to be done in a stuffy, formal foyer. At this waterfront property in Greenwich, you can welcome visitors under a big sky and with the help of a gentle sea breeze while wearing those comfortably worn-in Sperry topsiders.
Located in a private association in Riverside, this property features a well-maintained dock on a small (.3 acre) but pretty island that greens up nicely in the spring and summer. And that island connects to the main lot (1.32 acres) with the kind of long, wooden bridge that will have guests feeling thoroughly relaxed long before they even reach the front door of the house.
“It’s an ideal home for a family that loves the idea of having friends arrive by boat, and to entertain around a lovely pool and yard,” says Rob Johnson of Halstead, the listing broker. The landscape was designed by John Conte and it complements a 60-foot lap pool. The 4,729-square-foot brick house is sited to take advantage of the tranquil surroundings, as there are water views from most of the rooms inside.
The Riverside Yacht Club is about a quarter mile away as the crow flies, so the approach to this home, passing boats of all makes and shapes, can be as visually interesting as the view from its private island. When you’re ready to tie up, there’s a mooring in the channel for a good-sized cruiser (the previous owner kept his 40-footer there). Passengers then take a tender into the dock. Once everyone is ashore, you can get the party started. halstead.com
14 Marlow Court, Riverside
Acreage: 1.32 main lot; .3 island
House: 4,729 sq ft; 4 bedrooms; 4 baths