251 Champlain Street, Swanton, VT
This waterfront house was designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. Located on 13 acres with over 700ft of Lake Champlain lake frontage there are plenty of activities all year long. If that is not enough, the property abuts the 6,729 Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge. Located on Maquam Bay it is ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and low draft boats. It is just a short distance to the popular Maquam sandbar for some of the best swimming around. In the winter it is perfect for cross country skiing, snow showing, and ice fishing. When the day is over relax by a campfire or go inside the 3,514sq ft timber frame house with an open floorplan, cathedral ceilings, and plenty of exposed timbers.
The professionally designed kitchen (17 x 15) uses a mix of Cambria quartz, granite, limestone, and butcher block counter tops. A crowd usually huddles around the center breakfast bar when food is cooked on the gas cook top or built in oven. The attached pantry (8 x 7) provides plenty of storage. Once the meal is prepared there is plenty of space in the dining room (18 x 15) to eat as you look at the lake. After dinner you can relax in the great room (25 x 31) with large windows and a propane fireplace.
Also on the first floor is a rustic powder room ( 9 x 5), office (9 x 14), and the master bedroom (18 x 14) with lake views and a large (12 x 5) walk-in closet. The attached bath (10 x 9) has a soaker tub, tile shower, and dual sinks in the granite counter top.
Upstairs there are 2 additional bedrooms (17 x 14) and (13 x 19) each with their own walk-in closets. A loft (17 x 13) overlooks the great room. A full bathroom (8 x 7) accommodates the upstairs guests.
Linking the house to the garage is a mudroom with a stainless steel sink, tiled floor and drain. An attached 3/4 bath with a tile shower and detachable hand shower is a great place to cleanup furry friends and dirty guests.
The large 2 story garage (54 x 36) can easily hold 3 cars, a boat, and still offer plenty of space as a workshop on the ground floor. In addition there is a separate insulated room which was designed to be used as a kennel. There is a garage door on the lake side of the house which allows it to be used to shelter food when hosting large events.
The 2nd floor of the garage is currently used for storage and gym, but all of the plumbing is run to turn this into a mother-in-law apartment. There is a separate 100 amp service in the garage to handle all of your electrical needs.
The day starts off great when you can see the sun rising over Jay Peak and Lake Champlain right from your own bed. In the morning it is relaxing to grab a coffee and walk the shoreline watching and listening to the birds. At the end of the day I walk a loop checking out the garden, fruit trees, then walk the shoreline one last time. It never gets old.
The house does not currently have A/C, but all of the plumbing has been run to add it in the future.