Historic House Listings

Dreamy! “Round Island”, Circa 1920 in New Hampshire. $1,340,000

March 31, 2020

Beautiful Round Island! The house on Round Island was built in 1920. It is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The island is accessed via a work boat called the Round Island Ferry. The main house was restored in 2008-2009. It was renovated by architect, Ann Whitney. She designed it to look part Titanic and like a grand hotel. The home has hardwood floors and a barrel ceiling. The property also has a guest cabin. $1,340,000

Contact Tony Jalbert with Tate & Foss Sotheby’s International Realty: 603-964-8028

From the Zillow listing:


1 Round Island is a rare offering located in the “back channel” of Portsmouth, just off the shoreline of the notable living history museum, Strawberry Banke. Accessed by a private 17′ work boat, aptly named the “Round Island Ferry”, this year-round island home has panoramic views of the Portsmouth/Kittery shorelines & surrounding waterways.The Island estate main house, originally constructed in 1920, was renovated in 2008-09 by current owners who engaged local architect, Ann Whitney, to create a marine-like home that would combine elements of the Titanic & a grand hotel. This is exactly the sense you get when entering the 3 bedroom home. Approaching from the back entrance, you find yourself in a large open living area that leads to a grand two-step curved, columned threshold. Beyond this is a dining area, breakfast nook & galley kitchen. The 1st floor open concept was designed for entertaining, while at the same time small cozy areas used as a library & office create more intimate space. The barrel ceiling, crowned windows, storage holds, & nautical instruments add to the ambience. In the words of the owner, a “command central” station is aptly positioned by the front door where a calendar, notes & reminders are posted. Upstairs are 2 ensuite bedrooms. The master has a “veranda-like” wall overlooking the floor below & a “rigging” for access to the attic.”Below deck” is original space converted to a 3d bedroom/office, half bath and “engine room” where laundry & a workshop stand ready. Porches, decks & gardens that bloom with color surround the property. With entertaining in mind, the Island estate includes a 3-season guest cabin with its own deck extending out over the water. Round Island is truly “living with nature” on the shores of Portsmouth Harbor, Pierce Island & New Castle. Current access from a shore dock rented from the South End Yacht Club will be replaced by a permanent dock at the Mechanic St Pumping Station, providing secure access on a 20-year lease.


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