Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stalking "My" Seaside House

More accurately, STILL stalking this story book seaside house in Watch Hill, RI. The reference to "my" is strictly aspirational. I can't visit Watch Hill without gazing at this house and taking as many pictures as possible - even with husband and kids reminding me I already have all these same pictures!
The quality of the detailing is incredible and just amps up the charm of this home.
Here I am peering through the gate meant to keep people like me at bay.


The view out to the ocean. Could it be more perfect? By chance has anybody ever been inside this home?

Do you have a home you covet and re-visit as often as possible?

46 comments:

Denise said...

WOW! I can see why you stalk it. I would LOVE to see the inside.

pretty pink tulips said...

I'd stalk that too!!! I am a lover of window boxes and there's is great! Good luck on getting an invitation inside!

xo Elizabeth

Colette's Cottage said...

Would you ever have the nerve to leave a letter in the mailbox explaining that you need to see the inside to feature it on your blog? :)
My aunt stalked a house in her neighborhood, wrote them a letter, and now owns it!!!

L. Sloan said...

I bet the interior is just as incredible!

Hood Canal Gal said...

What eye candy! Love it! Hopefully one day you'll get a peek inside and share your photos with us!!!

pve design said...

I remember when you first began your blog journey and this photo was on your side-bar and I thought immediately how magnificent that home is. I love the view, the details and the charm.
Maybe if I sketch it and you bring it on your next stalk- they might give you a tour! Flattery never hurt.
pve

* French at Heart * said...

~*~I see why you stalk it!!lol..it is sooo beautiful~*~The inside is probably just as charming..maybe someday you can take a peek inside! ;) Rachel~*~*

Briar Oak said...

Beautiful! I am dying to see what the inside looks like!

Mamma said...

Oh bliss!

You may have to fight me for it.

Teresa Hatfield said...

Absolutely beautiful. My sister lives in Seagrove Florida and I visit as often as possible!
These are gorgeous phtographs.
Would love to see the interior also.
Teresa

Ms. Givens said...

Too good for words.

Hello Lover... said...

Gorgeous and yes - I'm a home stalker as well - I love walking the dogs at night and hopefully getting a sneak peek into peoples homes - my husband thinks I'm a nut!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh you are sooo right.
It could not be more perfect!

Mrs. Sutton said...

Oh it's lovely - and what a view! I agree with Colette's Cottage - pop a note through the door and tell them they would be fulfilling a public service!)
x

Robyn said...

My name is Robyn & I'm a house stalker. When my husband & I bought our home, a house was just completed outside of our neighborhood. It's wonderful. Fabulous. Beautiful. Everyday when I go for a run I make sure to go past the house. I imagine one day that the owners will invite me in for a tour.

I love your "stalker" house. I would have to do the same.

The Down East Dilettante said...

With you all the way on this----like an enchanting little gate house....just wonderful

And yes, I have a couple of houses I stalk, too...

Red Door Home said...

So agree - perfection!

AB HOME Interiors said...

That really is a beautiful home! I love that your family tells you that you already have these photos! haha too funny
xo
amanda

Shorely Chic said...

I am in love with Watch Hill! My boyfiend and I go as much as we can from Connecticut in the summers, everything about it is so perfect and the houses are to die for!

Marah said...

I knew instantly that I had seen this house before. It is phenomenal! My grandmother lives in Mystic CT, not far from Watch Hill and I have had the pleasure of admiring this house in person. I too would die to see the inside. Love it!

Marcy said...

I grew up spending summers in RI very close to Watch Hill. My parents actually know whose house it is - the owner built The Ocean House (www.oceanhouseri.com). It is a gorgeous house!

Style Chronicle said...

Dreamy! I want to be invited in too!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

The details are amazingly charming...I used to have a house I went to every time I could convince someone to tour with me, until it sold. The millwork and other detailing had me dreaming of the home long afterwards! Janell

Gramercy Home said...

You are too funny. I have a couple of houses on my "stalk" list. I just like to go by and see how they are doing. If I lived by this Seaside House I would drive by everyday. That view is simply amazing.

Kerri said...

Wow, what a stunning and absolutely unique house! I've never seen anything remotely like it - just stunning. I did have a giggle though - I do exactly the same thing, and have a couple of houses that I've stalked relentlessly over the years - it's comforting to know I'm not the only one with this particular affliction! K xx

City Girl said...

How beautiful! I love the quirky archway too. Also wish we could see inside... how would you decorate it?!
City Girl x

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

It is certainly stalkworthy! It is loades with detail and character and wonderul architectural intrest.
And the window boxes make it look like it belongs in a fairytale!
Yvonne

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

What a perfect house. I love the window and window box.
Susan

Aoife.Troxel said...

Sadly yes, and also sadly, it is very close to me, so I can pine over it all the time. And can see when it finally gets sold (yes, it is for sale!!!). It is quite expensive, but absolutely gorgeous.

gina said...

That house is gorgeous!! I have a few houses I stalk regularly. I believe I'll start stalking this one as well.

1 Funky Woman said...

I can't imagine anything prettier, wow, well maybe the inside. I think I might stalk it also!

Screaming Meme said...

I love that house!!!!!!!! Hi, I'm Meme from Screaming Meme..I stumbled upon your blog and noticed you were from DC!I was born in DC area... I wanted to stop in and give you a warm welcome...and personally invite you over to Screaming Meme...It is a Interior design blog...I look forward to following your blog! Meme

BAE said...

House lust.

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

I haven't been inside this house..., but I love the Watch Hill area..., and love many houses there!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Where is this house in Watch Hill? Love Watch Hill and they have the cutest stores there! I also love eating at the Olympia Tea Room...the view of the water and the marina is so amazing.

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Oh to have a home that people would stalk...! Absolutely gorgeous. With care to the outside like that, the inside must be nothing short of to-die-for. I grew up in RI, and it might be worth the 90 minute drive from where I am now just to take a peek. Thanks for sharing :)

Liz, Viive and Benji said...

I was stalking a house for a while. I knew the woman who lived there but she had never invited me....so..I tried to time my walk with a huge thunder storm. I ran right up soaking wet and rang the doorbell. Then, I got my wonderful tour!! Now that's serious stalking! However, now we are friends, so I may share her house with you one day. Its a gem, but your object of affection sends me--especially that beautiful porte-cochere! Thanks!
Liz

Liz, Viive and Benji said...

You've got me carried away. Great topic, I am a house stalker!! There was a house in San Marino I adored with a porte-cochere like that one. It was white brick with blue trim and a drive through p.c. Horns would honk, when I slowed for my object of affection--let them, was all I could say. I finally got to see the house in the movie "The Player." I think Daryl Hannah got my house in the end. She opens the door pregnant, so Tim What's his name, who is married to Susan Sarandon can have perfection for the rest of her life. When Mr. in-trouble-movie producer rolls down the driveway, after two hours of high drama--He's At My House!! I cried out in the darkness of the theatre: "She Has MY HOUSE.!" Memory lane of stalks, blogs within blogs within plays. I love it everyday!

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks everyone for all these comments!
Marcy - We stayed at the old Ocean House before the renovation. That's fun to know the owners of the Ocean House own that home.

Aoife Troxel - I didn't know it was for sale. Wish I had a trunk full of serious money!

kayce hughes said...

So beautiful! I hope they find your blog and invite you to tea.

K.E. said...

I've been in both houses on the property, which is much bigger than you would ever guess from the street. It was many years ago, but I vaguely remember that the gatehouse (the one you can see in your picture) had a lovely living space over the the porte cochere decorated with an equestrian theme and possibly dark green. I don't remember much about the main house, except that there's a hidden sun patio among the peaks of the roof, and the lawns are gorgeous and much bigger than you would think sweeping down to the water.

The previous poster is correct that the property is owned by the main investor in the Ocean House restoration. I believe his daughter and son-in-law now occupy the gatehouse. (He owns several houses in the area; his next investment project is the renovation of the Weekapaug Inn two districts over. The renovated Ocean House is absolutely gorgeous and the retro cocktails and the verandah menu are to die for!)

Wendy said...

So funny! It was the sight of this house on your blog a long time ago that started my daily (sometimes twice daily) design blog fix. I have printed out pics of this house months ago and I am thrilled to see some new pics at (ever so slightly!) different angles.

I share your obsession!

Wendy

Kwana said...

That house is work stalking. Wow!

Linda Merrill said...

Yup, that's pretty fantastic! Perhaps you should write them a note and see if they'd let you write about the inside? You never know. Meanwhile, I love the repeated herringbone pattern in the doors, walls and brick under the porte cochere.

zeth radtra syam said...

wow, i really corious to see inside the house

xo,
zethra

Mikey said...

Thanks! Nice post you have here

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