HABITAT Log cabin charm, river views in Shelton

August 23, 2018

SHELTON — Technically, the architectural style of the house at 655 River Road is best described as that of a Cape Cod, said the property’s listing agent Diane Vidmosko.

But technicalities aside, one look at the 2,064-square-foot home reveals its true identity — it’s a log cabin.

The exterior is made primarily of logs. The interior walls are made mainly of logs. The beams across the ceilings are logs. It’s pretty much all logs, all the time.

“It’s really rustic,” Vidmosko said. “And it’s very New England. You don’t get any more New England than a log cabin.”

Perched at the top of a private driveway, the house — which is listed at $324, 900 — has a bit of a hideaway feel. It’s up above the main road, and looks out over a majestic treeline. In the winter, when the leaves scatter away from their branches, the Housatonic River is clearly visible.

“One of the best things about this house is the view,” Vidmosko said. “I mean it’s right over the river.”

But while it’s built in a rustic style and positioned in an out-of-the way spot, this is no hastily-built woodsman’s refuge. In fact, in has considerably more space than one might expect from the phrase “log cabin,” which instantly conjures up images of Abraham Lincoln doing his schoolwork by candlelight, in a tiny, cramped room.

This log cabin, built in 1978, has three bedrooms, including a spacious, first-floor master bedroom, and three bathrooms — two full, one half. There’s a large stone fireplace in the living room that complements the home’s old-fashioned vibe. And there are three decks, perfect for enjoying the view.

The house sits on a little less than an acre of property, and the spacious backyard includes a pool, complete with a cabana (also, of course, made of wood). There’s also an outdoor firepit, perfect for enjoying the property on brisk winter nights.

And for those who want to really do it up in the old style, there’s even a chicken coop in the backyard.

Clearly, this is a house for a specific kind of buyer — someone who loves being one with nature. And, obviously, someone who loves wood. Vidmosko said the previous owner loved the home and actually moved to go live in Colorado — clearly in search of something even more rustic and majestically positioned.

Vidmosko said with its warmth, charm and character, the cabin will be a perfect fit for the right person.

“It’s definitely a special place,” she said.

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