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Get away from the grind at this elegant house in Old Saybrook, Connecticut

The house was built in 1970, but looks much older, in a good way.

William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty

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The idyllic coastal Connecticut town of Old Saybrook, is one of the oldest colonial settlements in the state, dating back to 1635, when it was founded as the Saybrook Plantation. Old Saybrook is situated where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound, and it's edged with sandy beaches, as well as several lighthouses, making it a particularly picturesque part of an already scenic state.

The town itself is as quaint as you'd expect along the New England coast, with a charming town green and a Main Street lined with taverns, bed-and-breakfasts, a soda fountain, and mom-and-pop shops. Katharine Hepburn summered in Old Saybrook throughout her childhood and eventually died there. Her old house has been turned into a museum, dubbed the Kate

If you're in the market for a place to escape from New York and any of that sounds appealing, consider this well-maintained four bedroom, three bath, now on the market for $439,000. Built in 1970, the house is surrounded by perennial gardens.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

Despite its recent construction, the house still has classic New England touches.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty


There's a large, stately living room with built-in shelves.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

The living room opens into a separate dining room with ornamental wallpaper.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

The kitchen, which has its own eating area, has updated appliances, and if the wallpaper here or elsewhere isn't to your taste, it's a fairly easy fix.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

The kitchen leads out to a screened porch, which offers plenty of room for entertaining. The backyard edges up to a marsh that is a state wildlife area. We'd guess it gets buggy in the summer, hence the screen, but it's probably also great for bird-watching.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

There are two full bathrooms and a half bath.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

In addition to the living room, there's a family room with a fireplace and a beamed ceiling.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

The upstairs bedrooms have central air.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

No fighting over bathrooms here!

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

One of the bedrooms is currently being used as an office.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

The gardens and a line of trees stand between the house and the wetlands. The house is on a cul-de-sac about a mile from a few restaurants, a cafe, and a marina, and about three and a half miles from the old town center.

Old Saybrook is a little over two hours by car from Manhattan without traffic, and exactly the same by Amtrak from Penn Station. It's also close to New Haven, and it's a two-hour drive further to Boston.