HOME OF THE WEEK - For sale: a waterfront retreat in Greenville

HOME OF THE WEEK - For sale: a waterfront retreat in Greenville

SMITHFIELD - Set below street level for privacy and on the edge of Hawkins Pond for serenity, this contemporary-style house is like a year-round vacation retreat in the middle of Greenville.

Built in 1940 and added on to over the years, it offers nearly 3,000 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The path from the parking area down through the yard to the house and waterfront is lined with trees and greenery. A flagstone patio overlooks the water, and a wooden dock juts out onto the pond.

A sunporch on the waterside is the front entrance to the house, and opens to the dining area. To the left is the kitchen, to the right, a sun-filled great room with windows on two sides to take in the waterview. Here, too, is a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, and wooden, beamed ceiling.

The kitchen has hardwood floors and a center island and breakfast bar that seats four. A breakfast nook is set in a corner by the windows. Off the kitchen is a family room with sliders to the rear deck.

A center hall runs through the house from side to side instead of front to back, and along the hall is a laundry room, utility room and workshop closet (there is no basement,) two bedrooms and a full bathroom.

The newest addition is a second-floor master suite that offers nearly 800 square feet. There are three fans hung from a cathedral ceiling. In the sitting area, sliding glass doors lead out to a little balcony that overlooks the water. There's a room-sized walk-in closet, and the master bathroom has double sinks, a walk-in shower, whirlpool tub, and a separate toilet room.

The property is nearly an acre and includes a separate abutting lot with a one-car garage on it.

Hawkins Pond is a quiet body of water where there are no motorboats allowed. Canoes and rowboats, however, are welcome.

The property is listed at $499,900 by C. Edward Buonanno of Westcott Properties. Reach him at 401-421-5300, ext. 140. View a video of the property on YouTube. Search for Joy Riley Westcott Properties, then select 24 Breezy Knoll Road or go to http://youtu.be/pvlLSGJMAvE