Save This Old House: A Former Speakeasy with Riverboat Vibes

The pondfront home needs a new calling in the twenty-first century.

Some places just stick with you. And in my endless search for unusual real estate, I can’t help but pause, click and obsess over this 1888 stunner. The siting of the property, on Barber Pond in West Kingston, is lovely. The riverboat porch is made for parties and quiet moments with a book, basking in a sunny spot by the windows. Historical details abound, both in the interior architecture and the backstory. According to an article in the Westerly Sun, the property served as a speakeasy during Prohibition; it was called “The Rendezvous.”

It’s been on the market for nearly two years — a whole lifetime in Rhode Island’s hot real estate market — and it only recently went down in asking price. I understand buyers’ reluctance here; fixer uppers, especially of this magnitude, are a tough commitment. But I’m here to tell you that this place needs to be saved. That way, I can quit pining over it, dreaming of what it could be with a little love: A place for grand dinner parties and bird-watching and kayaking and summer sunsets.

Enough already. Will somebody please save this old house?

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