1 Potato Island, Branford, Connecticut, 06405
One of the most stunning islands of Long Island Sound’s celebrated Thimble Islands, Potato Island commands a spectacular setting reminiscent of the rugged coast of Maine. Originally built in 1912, and fully restored in 1998, this captivating residence stands at the southern end of this more than one-acre private island with its own deep water dock, encompassing 3,871 square feet of sheer perfection.
Lushly landscaped foliage and plantings border the island’s manicured lawn and surround an impressive heated pool flanked by Adirondack chairs and chaise longues. A path leads to the residence’s graceful wraparound porch offering charming views of the islands, water, and landscaped gardens. Moving toward the southern porch, a custom hand-cut granite hot tub is nestled into the rocks and offers magnificent sunset and seascape views.
The historic home has been extensively renovated to preserve its original character while providing every modern convenience. Large windows have been expertly placed to take full advantage of the island location. Designed for chic and relaxed living and entertaining, the well-appointed living room is anchored by a large fieldstone fireplace. The expansive dining room on the south side of the house allows for dining in the evening sun or, for more intimate family meals, offers a dining nook among a bay of windows. Both areas evoke the feeling of dining on a boat at sea. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s delight with state-of-the-art appliances, a breakfast bar, beautiful pantry doors, and tranquil views of the occasional boat passing by. The first floor also provides a half bathroom and mudroom with washer and dryer.
Upstairs are four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. Designed with the relaxed aesthetic of a summer cottage, the massive master suite boasts vaulted ceilings and lovely views with sitting porches on the north and south sides of the room. The cottage theme is continued in the master bathroom with soft colors on the wainscoting, white marble countertops with his and her sinks, a steam shower, Jacuzzi tub, and separate WC. The large second bedroom could be used as a second master suite and features a shared full bathroom, vaulted ceilings, sweeping views to the north and west, and an inviting window seat. Bedroom three is located on the south side of the house and offers fantastic views over the water and a private bathroom. The fourth bedroom is currently used as an exercise room.