Eco-Friendly Principles and Striking Architecture Shine at This $4.5M Home Above the Connecticut River

There is no one architecture style associated with Connecticut. Indeed, “Connecticut style” can mean anything from the Colonial-era saltbox to the midcentury modern-and the new-back when. In Lyme, a spectacular 18-acre estate popped onto the market recently asking $4.5 million. Now already contingent, there are many reasons it may have received interest so fast.

Acclaimed architect Stephen B. Jacobs, along with interior designer Andi Pepper, crafted this eco-conscious modern to take advantage of the site’s open, lofty views over the Connecticut River. Green features include a solar system that supplies most of the electricity needed and a geothermal system for heating and cooling. It’s a stylish place, too, made of natural wood and stone, inside and out.

The most dramatic room is the living room, with its double-height ceilings, 18-foot-high stone wall-inset with a modern gas fireplace-and glass that open onto the outdoor terrace. There’s also a cool staircase that leads all the way up to the third-floor library and roof deck, and, on the grounds, a spa-like saltwater pool.

Colette Harron of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty holds the riverfront listing.