4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Large screened-in porch, water views from most rooms
About Maya Blue
My grandparents bought this house when they lived in New York City. They spent the entire summers here with my mother and aunt. My grandfather would take the train up on the weekends. Now my aunt and uncle own it and rent it during the season. They spend a week or so at the end and beginning of the summer, vacationing and making improvements on the house. I help them with the online listings like this.
Maya Blue purchased this Cottage in 1945
Why Maya Blue chose Old Lyme
My mother, aunt and myself and our families have been coming to this house since we were babies. It's a safe and special place that still shuts off the water for six months during the winter. The beach house is a warm and welcoming, well loved home full of lots of happy memories.
What makes this Cottage unique
The mile long walk to Griswold point, a bird sanctuary protected by the Nature Conservancy. The small front lawn and the house are shaded by 2 large maple trees. There is a wraparound screened-in porch where one can watch the water and listen to the waves. We now have an outside shower. Tenants can take part in a recreation program for kids and there's a Community Center for events. White Sands Beach is a quiet and safe community, great for the summer and peaceful and beautiful in the spring and fall.
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Steps from the beach; quiet community; older house which could use some updates (like new mattresses), but had everything we needed. All about the location! Great for our kids ages 7 & 10.
Location, location, location
If close to the beach is what you want- this house is great. Nice private beach, great family neighborhood. The house has plenty of room for gatherings. It is rustic and beachy- but has everything you could possibly need. House was immaculate at check-in! Owners great to work with. We would return here again for sure!
THe location was outstanding and we enjoyed the screened in porch very much
Then backyard and picnic table were terrific, and the view of the beach was fantastic. The house was well-stocked with beach chairs, an umbrella, and a variety of other beach-related gear. The towels provided could have been better, and we appreciated that sheets were supplied although they typically are not included and you are asked to bring your own. A large supermarket, package (liquor) store, seafood market, and farmers market are located within five minute drive. There is also a wonderful ice cream stand & hamburger shack nearby that had great fried clams. We had a wonderful time with our family over 4th of July.
The Beach and Yesteryear!
As others have commented, the location of this house couldn’t have been better. It’s about a minute from the beautiful beach. You can actually hear the ocean waves from the bedrooms. As for the house itself, it’s unique, with its vintage feel and decorations. Stepping into it is like entering another era. The living room is super large, and the sun porch is perfect for relaxing, reading, or enjoying the view. Everything we needed was available, from utensils to spices, and we had plenty of hot water for bathing, which most rentals don’t offer. Yes, the house could use a few updates (maybe air conditioning for those 90 degree nights) but overall, we wouldn’t change anything. Maya was welcoming and responded quickly to my questions. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our week at the red house. It was just what we needed, and we plan to return as often as we can.
Excellent location, beach was nice, lots of shells to find. House was nice but could use a few basic upgrades, new tv, dvd player, maybe ceiling fans.
Fantastic location steps from the beach
Location can't be beat! Very "cottagy" inside but spacious downstairs with huge screened in porch where you can sit and see the beach. WSB is one of the best beaches in CT, in my opinion.
White sands beach is in Old Lyme CT, a charming small town with an art school and shopping plaza with a hardware, super market and other stores. The larger town of Old Saybrook within 15 minutes, is a full size town on Interstate 95 with an Amtrak train station and commuter rail to the Metro North and other transport in New Haven, CT. Within about 20 minutes in New London, are large malls, major box stores, a ferry, etc. A casino is within 30 minutes.