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A colonial in Old Lyme, Connecticut, for coastal New England living, for $545,000

The four-bedroom, four-bath house was built in 1969.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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The elegant coastal town of Old Lyme, Connecticut, has long served as a popular summer getaway, thanks to its seaside resort communities and quaint infrastructure. Year-round, though, Old Lyme is home to around 7,603 residents, including a large community of artists who seek quiet New England living at lower costs. Town highlights include the Florence Griswold House and Museum, once an art colony; the Old Lyme Historic District, which features a number of 18th and 19th century structures; and local eateries like Hideaway Restaurant and Pub.

There's also some beautiful real estate here, with massive houses dotting the coast and inland at prices lower than you'd find in more touristy spots along the New England coast. Take, for instance, this 2,446-square-foot colonial at 7 Duck River Ln, now on the market for $545,000.

The four-bedroom, four-bath house, which comprises one floor, features a recently updated kitchen, complete with an eat-in island and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.

The open floor plan leads into the dining room, outfitted with French doors and a funky light fixture.

The well-lit living room is also connected to the dining room and kitchen.

There's a cozy-looking fireplace in the family room, which also features a Cathedral ceiling and skylights.

The master suite takes up its own wing of the house.

The suite includes a private dressing area and walk-in closet.

The master bath is outfitted with a marble tiled shower and a double sink.

Here's more of the dressing area.

Upstairs, there are three other bedrooms, including a second master suite. They all look spacious as well, if not quite as expansive as the main master bedroom.

There's space for laundry in one of the baths.

There's a beautiful outdoor porch.

And a bluestone patio overlooking the backyard and garden.

The house is a two-hour drive from the city. You can also take Amtrak to New London, then take the 634 bus and walk to Old Lyme.