SHANGRI-LA, BRISTOL HIGHLANDS
Extraordinary estate on 1.8 acres of private shoreline in Bristol Highlands.
This stylish and carefully curated collection of four waterfront residences is a result of talent, time, and love of place. The estate consists of two guest houses, a main house, staff quarters, two green houses, a tea house and garages. A private sandy beach, heated infinity pool, koi pond and abundant outdoor living space expertly placed among the residences are designed to capture the dramatic sunset views of Narragansett Bay. Named Shangri-La from James Hilton's famous novel, Lost Horizon, this seven bedroom utopia is a result of over 30 years of carefully chosen landscape and architectural design to lend an experience for the most discerning. The plantings for each residence have been uniquely chosen for texture, color, privacy and sculptural quality transforming this coastal gem into an experience similar to the earthly paradise described in the famous novel.
Bristol Highlands is an historic seaside community offering a dock, mooring field, boat ramp, clay tennis court and other activities. Enjoyed by generations, The Bristol Highlands Community is known for warmth, hospitality and joie de vivre.
Shangri-La originated as a classic Bristol Highlands cottage on a private road. The privacy, beauty and love of community inspired the owners to acquire the neighboring properties and created a collection of residences nurtured by award winning architects and designers to enjoy family, community or a quiet retreat. The Main House and Guest House are flanked by two recently built architectural tour de forces, The Glass House and The Tea House.
This wonderful compound can be sold in its entirety, or each subdivided lot can be sold separately.
MAIN HOUSE AND GUEST HOUSE with POOL CABANA AND STAFF QUARTERS5135 square feet, 5 bedrooms, & 8 baths
The Main House and Guest House are the heart of the estate, and joined by an artistically designed heated infinity pool perfectly placed to take in the breathtaking southwestern vistas of Narragansett Bay. The Main House offers single level living. Cathedral ceilings are accented by timber beams reaching to a series of glass doors opening to an expansive teak lanai to enjoy the sparkling views of Narragansett Bay. The master bedroom features a generous stone fireplace, expansive spa bath and loft space. Textured walls, exotic woods and soft hues of limestone create an intimate experience.
The Guest House offers two levels of living, with generous en-suite bedrooms on the second floor. In the living room, a series of unobstructed glass windows act as a gallery wall framing the dynamic water views of Narragansett Bay. The generous use of steel, glass, and cerused wood throughout the house enhance the experience of the dynamic luminosity as an art form.
The comfortable flow of the living space is ideal for entertaining, featuring a state of the art kitchen, climate controlled wine room and butler's pantry. A pool cabana and staff quarters is included.
THE GLASS HOUSE – 3513 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 3 bath, Greenhouse.
The Glass House was designed in 2007 by Snider Architects. The dramatic property features a soaring two story great room with the west wall almost entirely of glass embracing the luminous water and sky. It becomes a breathtaking aerie with architecturally invigorating elements that pique and awe you. You simply do not want to leave! One is surrounded by art and light. A state of the art kitchen sited to the north opens to a generous outdoor deck and includes a fireplace. The lower level is an expansive guest bedroom en-suite and leads to a generous outdoor shower that leads to the private beach. Included in this experience is a greenhouse and very fun koi pond.
TEA HOUSE -600 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Greenhouse
The latest addition to the property is the Tea House, created in 2016 by Andreozzi Architects. Sited at the quiet end of the road, this beautiful Tea House is an experience of levity and quiet majesty, elevating the location's natural beauty to a high art. An enormous veranda with Japanese seating acts as a majestic platform to view the Bristol Highland's yacht races or the magnificent sunsets. The landscape design showcases outdoor sculpture inspiring infinite opportunity for the senses and mind play. A greenhouse and a one bedroom guest house is included.
Very few properties capture the unfolding of time and life as Shangri La. The architectural diversity and dramatic use of outdoor space elevates the natural beauty into a high art. One is inspired to play, love, express, think, breathe, and be awed. Shangri-La has a unique life to it, resulting only from time, talent and love of place.