House Lust: An Artful, Treehouse-Style Cabin on Slacks Pond is on the Market
The Greenville house, on a private peninsula, was a labor of love for its owner, a watercolor painter inspired by its vistas.
This sweet cottage, on a peninsula in Greenville’s Slacks Pond, offers “absolutely the best experience you could ever have as a child,” say real estate agent Karl Martone — one that could keep a young person busy and out of trouble.
Martone, of RE/MAX Professionals, should know: He grew up here, in this house his late parents owned for half a century, alongside his two siblings. He recalls many mornings rising early to go water skiing off his back porch.
His mom, Sally Ann Martone, was an accomplished watercolor artist and was the home’s creative force. What’s more, the family would’ve never owned the property were it not for her.
“Back in the day, a woman named Helen Gilligan owned it,” Martone says. “My mom’s parents used to rent a house across the cove and, as a teenager, she used to swim over to Mrs. Gilligan’s.”
“At the end of the day, it really attracts such a quality of life; it’s literally therapeutic. This house puts you in a state of serenity,” he says. “You walk on the property and your blood pressure drops.”
Martone says his connection to the property will always remain strong through his mother’s art. Often, she captured water vistas from their gazebo. His favorite is a painting of a sailboat on the pond.
“Hopefully the right buyer will come along and appreciate it the way my parents did,” he says.