One of Connecticut’s Landmark Properties The Dickinson Mansion in Beautiful Essex Voted the Best Small Town in America Halfway between Boston and New York
This elegant 1870s 8,000 square-foot 19-room Georgian Colonial home has been meticulously updated and maintained. Restoring the grand residence to its current status has been a labor of love for the current owners, who note that the home has something for everyone. This property presents a unique opportunity for someone who appreciates old world craftsmanship combined with modern conveniences.
On the first floor, the chef’s kitchen has a retrofitted coal stove with gas and electric, a butler’s pantry and an ice chest that was original to the house and has been converted to a commercial grade refrigerator and freezer. An artfully crafted blue Art Deco light illuminates the space. Relax and read a good book by the fire in the wood paneled library. On warm summer evenings, you will appreciate the screened solarium with tile floor in soothing blue tones. On rainy days when you prefer not to go outside, enjoy one of the finest home theater systems on the East Coast. With the press of a button, the room transforms into your very own movie theater complete with a fiber optic starfield. Or, invite your friends for a game of billiards and a nightcap in the pub room. Upstairs, the Master suite has 2 fireplaces, a sumptuous bathroom with a soaking tub and rain shower, a sleeping porch, and a walk-in closet with changing area. Make your way to the widow’s walk and enjoy spectacular views of the Connecticut River and world-class sunrises. In season, the blue hydrangeas add to the property’s beauty. Whether for casual dining on the outdoor terrace or formal events in the double parlor with sitting room, this home is the perfect setting for celebrations and events of all sizes. The current owners have hosted many fundraising events and fashion shows here. Everyone who visits says the same thing – “this is such a cool house.”
Come see for yourself and enjoy the small town lifestyle only 2 hours from New York City and an easy train ride from Boston.
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Historic Essex Village | The Perfect Small Town
Surrounded on three sides by water, historic Essex Village – the perfect small town – juts into the Connecticut River like a stubby thumb. A few miles south of here, the river empties into Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Essex is one of the top Sailing and boating destinations on the east coast.
All roads lead to the Town Dock and the adjacent Connecticut River Museum, which was once a historic 1878 warehouse. Today the museum remains a touchstone for the town, hosting exhibits, eagle tours, and special events that draw young and old to its sprawling lawn at the water’s edge. On Main Street, village shops and early Colonial and Federal-era homes jostle side by side. A short stroll quickly reveals why Essex was named the “Perfect Small American Town” in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Another guidebook names Essex #1 on its list of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.”