Magnificent Mansion on 1001 Ocean Avenue in New London
Bridget Morrissey | Bridget Morrissey Realtor, RE/MAX Coast and Country | 860-857-5165
1001 Ocean Ave, New London, CT 06320
Year Built: 1898
Sq Footage: 7957 sqft.
Bedrooms: 9+ Beds
Bathrooms: 6.5 Baths
Parking: 4+ Off street
Laundry: In Unit
Lot Size: 2.04 Acres
Property Type: Single Family House
Located within a half mile of the eastern edge of Long Island Sound is a home of stature. A mansion of nearly 8,000 square feet, 1001 Ocean Avenue in New London, CT has numerous amenities of specialized artisans from the early 1900’s.
Driving past the stone pillars onto the 2 acre estate, the first thing that comes into view is the Georgian architectural style of the grand facade. Five massive granite steps lead up to the 964 sq ft deck that stretches out across the entire front of the house. Four twenty foot doric columns reach up over the second floor supporting the architrave and cornice of rake molding in the classical entablature.
To the left is the spacious 20’ x 30’ parlor and like most rooms in the house allows abundant light in from the oversized windows. Again, the mosaic tile floor, ornate woodwork and the vaulted ceilings with the plaster of paris dental molding let you know that you are truly in a special place. Off of the parlor is a magnificent sunroom which also sports the tile and molding.
Next you wander past the bar into the great room. Large enough for a ping pong table or billiards table at one end it is also a perfect TV room. Sliding glass doors open to a curved wooden deck with a beautiful wrought iron railing.
To the right of the spiral staircase is the 16’ x 26’ dining room. The seven foot tall, ten foot wide semi-circle curved window immediately commands your attention. Once you finish taking in the view you notice the plaster of paris shell shaped shelving built into the wall and the intricately carved Hawaiian Sideboard brought to the house by a previous owner. Capt. Clifford H Belden, Cornell Engineering Class of 1899, (http://rem.ax/1BA4dua) is listed in the Connecticut State Guard Officers Reserve Corps in the Connecticut State Register and Manual of 1920 by the Secretary of the State. Mystic Seaport recognizes Capt. Belden as the Master of the schooner barge, Hubut, built in Noank in 1910. (http://rem.ax/1E1rl8V) Mrs. Belden was known for hosting the regional Flower Show in 1936 on the grounds with judges from Old Lyme to Westerly. (http://rem.ax/1BA4dua)
Leaving the dining room you pass through the ample butler pantry with its wide, deep shelves for large serving dishes. The custom drawers make for easy living and the supplemental electric heat in the sunlit 17’ x 17’ kitchen is welcome in winter.
The curved corners in some of the nine bedrooms are a nice touch as are all the doorways with their Victorian Era fluted jams, crown molding, triple hung brass doors and crystal knobs. The Master
floor, one and a half on the first floor and one full bath in the recently created “apartment” in the basement. Looking more like a modern condominium than an apartment it allows comfortable living in a more condensed area (1,241 sq. ft.).
With a room for a library, there is also an office and a study. Closets are plentiful and with a house as big as this there are two sets of stairs to go up or down. Two boilers use gas to heat the residence with steam.
The grounds outside are interesting as well. A grapevine from Lebanon supplies leaves for Tabouli. Three 80’ tall and straight Cedars stand side by side and are called ‘the three schooners’ as they would make tremendous masts for sailboats. A Weeping Birch stretches across the front lawn and various maple trees, Japanese as well as King Crimson, dot the landscape. With two acres in all, you can enjoy the view from the front deck, the second floor porch or the backyard patio area.
New London’s Historic Waterfront District is the hub of creative energy that gives the city its Top Ten rating among creative communities of its size in America. Art, music, and design venues, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and over 30 eateries populate this 26-block National Register Historic District in New London, CT. Nathan Hale, Benedict Arnold, and Eugene O’Neill walked these streets. America’s greatest architects left their mark in these buildings. From the collection of Tiffany glass windows in its cathedral to the quirky shops and plentiful entertainment, New London, CT is a great place to be.
Museum shops, galleries, and boutiques offer everything from local history books, records, comic books and collectibles to fair trade goods and women’s fashion including vintage clothing and artisan jewelry. Indulge with a bottle of wine from Thames River Wine & Spirits or stop into the organic food market for a variety of local and fresh food and handmade beauty items.
The District’s Garde Arts Center, a restored 1920s Moroccan-style movie palace hosts everything from Broadway musicals to performances of the resident Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Theater or puppetry can be found on the waterfront or in historic churches, offering everything from Shakespeare to original Latino plays.
Art galleries tucked into side streets offer locally designed clothing and jewelry and an eclectic variety of visual art. The local arts co-op manages an ever-changing show of national, regional and local artists, while the co-op’s towering “naked ladies” preside over the Art Park where plays, readings, music and movies can be enjoyed on summer nights. And perched on the hill overlooking The District and the harbor, with its stately classical façade, is the regional art museum, housing collections ranging from the Connecticut Impressionists to early American furnishings and offering exhibits of the best in contemporary painting and sculpture. [http://newlondonmainstreet.org]
1001 Ocean Avenue is a reminder of the days of The Great Gatsby. As with any house that has past the century mark there is some work to be done. If you can see yourself in a 21 room mansion with all the trappings of the roaring twenties then you need to take a look at 1001 Ocean Avenue in New London!
- Living room
- Dining room
- Master bath
- Family room
- Storage space
- Breakfast nook
- Recreation room
- Sun room
- Mother-in-law unit
- Range / Oven
- Balcony, Deck, or Patio
- High-speed internet
- Hardwood floor
- Tile floor
- High / Vaulted ceiling
- Vintage building
Bridget Morrissey Realtor, RE/MAX Coast and Country