Home of the Week: For $950,000, a cottage that hugs a R.I. river

Home of the Week
The garage is tucked under the house, which has been remodeled inside and out. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

122 Driftwood Drive, Tiverton, R.I.

Style: Cottage
Year built: 1968
Square feet: 2,968
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 3 full
Sewer/water: Private
Taxes: $12,266 (2018)

Cape Cod has beautiful beaches, traffic jams, a flyover built to ease those traffic jams, and ice cream. Tiverton has ice cream, beaches, and, traffic, too, but a calming welcome to the summer home community awaits — roads lined with rolling hills, salt marshes, and farms.

The last house on Driftwood Drive is a 51-year-old, two-bedroom shingled cottage that could not be built today because it sits so close to the Sakonnet River. It was this proximity to the Narragansett Bay feeder that inspired the overhaul of this home — particularly the addition of plate-glass windows that offer unobstructed views, thanks to narrow white framing. In another nod to the setting, slabs of schist, an iridescent fish scale-like stone with a stippling like waves, line the wraparound patio.

The renovations maintained the home’s original footprint. The walk-out lower level is built for play — with a pool table, a family room with a wood stove, engineered-wood floors the color of dry sand, built-in seating, and windows to enjoy the view.

There are two bedrooms on this level, both with fantastic views, as well as a full bath that has a tub/shower combo with a stone surround, flooring with radiant heat, a heated towel rack, and a single vanity with a stainless-steel cabinet and a porcelain sink.

Stairs with a cable railing lead to the second floor, where the windows, view, and open floor plan combine to offer a cohesive experience.

Here, the dining area can accommodate a full-sized table and has a slider to a wraparound ipe hardwood deck with white-metal corkscrew stairs and a swath of clear plastic that allows sunlight to filter down to the patio.

To the right is a kitchen where the counters are a dark schist, the appliances are high-end stainless steel, and the slow-close cabinets are black.

The living area takes up the rest of the L-shaped space. The flooring on most of this level is engineered wood.

The master suite is behind a door made of slats that look like driftwood and a natural stone slab step. (Note: The home has a septic system approved for only two bedrooms.) The bedroom has a slider to the deck. The closet is hidden behind a pocket door. The bath offers a shower with a tile surround, stone flooring with radiant heat, and a single floating porcelain vanity.

The guest bedroom, found at the rear of the house, offers a skylight.

The final full bath features a floating porcelain trough sink with two faucets, a stone backsplash, river rock flooring with radiant heat, a heated towel rack, and pocket doors.

The home, which sits on just shy of a quarter acre, has a circular driveway of crushed shells. The plumbing, electrical, and heating systems and the roof are new. The one-car garage is tucked under the cottage, and the property comes with a mooring licensed by the harbormaster.

Dina Karousos of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport, R.I., is the listing agent. As of press time, an offer with contingencies had been accepted on the property.

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