House Lust: An Enchanting Family Compound in Historic Usquepaug Village is on the Market
This fairytale property has four dwellings, all with their own hand-hewn charms, and is sited near trails, a waterfall and a large reservoir.
Conjure, for a second, circa-1750s Usquepaug Village, a rural area in West Kingston dotted with vernacular homes built for farmers and mill families. (If you’re as impressionable as I am, the Hocus Pocus 2 set might come to mind.)
On this little corner property, adjacent to Kenyon’s Grist Mill, not much has changed since then. It’s as if the land was placed under a spell that makes time stand still, where families share land and nature’s bounty — think: Punchbowl Trail, Queen River, the Glen Rock Reservoir — provides all the entertainment. (Flourishing grapevines, and their fermentation, help.)
Even big extended families — or Airbnb hosts with exceptional multitasking skills — can call this place home. The property boasts a three-family house and two smaller cottages tucked, fairytale-style, into the contours of the land. The centerpiece is an antique single-family main house rife with striking architectural features, including exposed beams and an amorphous second-story wall that veers on sculptural.
“One of the owners previous to my client had taken the main house down to the studs and completely restored everything using all the old tools and materials of that era,” says Lila Delman Compass’ Nicole Maine, who listed the property with her partner, Patrick Farrell. “He really did everything to keep it true to the year it was built.”
Lovers of loved ones and wide-plank floors, here’s your House Lust:
For more information on 61 Old Usquepaug Road in West Kingston, contact Lila Delman Compass’s Maine-Farrell Team at 401-363-3710 or visit compass.com.