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September 2006


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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Heitland's home, which resembles a rambling French country farmhouse, takes full advantage of its Sound setting, with balconies and decks and a newly rebuilt dock and boathouse. Included in its 4,600-square-foot expanse: four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a great room, study, formal dining room and a grand foyer with a dramatically curved staircase. It's listed for $4.85 million with Judi McCarty of Wheeler Real Estate in Darien (203-655-1418).

Alexandra Stoddard Sells
This interior designer has made an international name for herself via a series of decorating books, many of them offering readers a look inside her lovely Borough of Stonington home. Now the house is on the market, offered at $1.1 million. These days, Stoddard travels widely for a new series of inspirational books, which focus less on wallpaper and cache-pots and more on finding joy—Time Alive: Celebrate Your Life Everyday is her latest—as a "pioneer of the Happiness Movement," per her publishers. And while the message is that happiness comes from within, we know we'd find no small measure of joy ensconced in the home Stoddard is looking to leave.

The circa 1775 Colonial is on Water Street, which backs onto Stonington Harbor's piers and docks (the closest sandy beaches are a couple of minutes away by boat, in Westerly, Rhode Island). Stoddard's home is across the street from the water, but never mind: She's got pretty, pocket-sized gardens—the lot measures just .07 acres—where she's cultivated a "forest of Nikko blue hydrangea," a flower for which she has an "irrational passion," so she says. It's in the garden that Stoddard sets up an outdoor writing table, which she shows on her website (www.alexandrastoddard.com), where we also learn that she writes with "a fountain pen on smooth white note pads made in France," a detail that fits the traditional style seen throughout her house. It's meticulously maintained, with all the period details in place. The designer has done extensive work on it over the years, ripping out Formica in the kitchen, putting on a new cedar shingle roof, restoring wainscoting, etcetera.

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