By Day – Waterfront, on Niantic Bay
Cheryl Auerbach and her daughter Brittany Auerbach Hebert are the Auerbach-Hebert team at Mystic Brokerage of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. This week, they put 28 Shore Road up for sale to Niantic and introduced their client, the seller, to Welcome Home.
Bruce MacMillian and his wife, Karen, bought the house with the intention of using it as a beach house for their family, but eventually they came to enjoy the house and the setting so much. their main residence.
They inherited a house in good condition, with renovated interiors, but decided to make a number of improvements to the exterior. They enlisted Old Lyme-based Christopher Defiore who served as the architect and general contractor. His company renovated the third level, adding windows overlooking the water – where there were none before.
They removed the vinyl siding and added concrete shingles, which have the look of a traditional cedar shingle, but are more durable in salt air and salt water environments. They replaced all the windows with more efficient windows, replaced the gutters with copper and added a cornice roof to the architecture, for “more character and depth”.
The house debuted on the site in 1930 and was only eight years old when the 1938 hurricane hit the Connecticut coast. MacMillian said the way the house is built on a ledge rather than sandy ground may have allowed it to survive that fateful onslaught and what happened much later with Hurricane Sandy.
The only thing the MacMillians did inside was paint and remodel the kitchen, modify the cabinets, install new countertops and add professional-grade appliances, including a 48-inch stove. .
The island has seating, and there’s also room in the floor plan to accommodate a larger dining table that seats up to eight people.
“We can have all of our children and their loved ones here, all sitting around the table,” he said. “So even though it’s a small space, we made the most of it,” MacMillian said.
The house has three levels. The main level includes a spacious living room with a gas fireplace; a eat-in kitchen, with an adjacent dining room and a partial bathroom. There are windows all along the back of the house to maximize the view, and there is access to a terrace overlooking the water’s edge.
Upstairs, on the second level, there are three bedrooms, a shared full bathroom, and a convenient linen closet. The master bedroom is on the upper level, with a full bathroom, two walk-in closets and, now, incredible views thanks to the renovation and added windows.
This home is part of Niantic’s Oak Grove Beach Association, which maintains a sandy beach just steps from the property.
With direct frontage on Niantic Bay, the setting is a kayaker’s or fisherman’s dream. MacMillian fondly remembers coming home for work and going fishing for stripes before dinner.
The Sellers family also enjoyed the proximity to Niantic’s Main Street and its charming seaside village vibe. Niantic – and more broadly, East Lyme – is well-regarded for community-building events, festivals, and parades.
“It’s just a big community,” he said. “Everyone is friendly. There are a few rental homes, but most people live here in the summer – as do some of our older residents, who winter in Florida – where they live here all year round.” Many neighbors have owned their properties for generations, passing them on as treasured heirlooms.
Property: 28 Shore Road, Niantic
Square area: 1,962
Asking price: $1.495 million
Seller’s Agents: Cheryl Auerbach and Brittany Auerbach Hebert, The Auerbach Hebert Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, New England Properties; Cheryl’s Mobile: (860) 235-9099; Mobile from Brittany: (860) 912-9902;