Artist's Notebook

Artist’s house for sale: Mystic, Connecticut


UPDATE (Dec. 23):  We have a contract on the house, but there’s a contingency clause–we agreed to give the buyers time to sell their house–so we can still entertain other offers!

When I was a full-time faculty member at a nearby university, we bought this beautiful historic house at 9 Pearl Street in Mystic, Connecticut. The entire attic was my studio, and it was here that I began blogging at Two Coats of Paint. Now, after nearly ten years, we’ve decided to sell the house. If any readers are interested in relocating to a small town on the shoreline, or in buying a lovely second home two hours outside the city, or starting an artists and writers residency program, this might be a good opportunity. Priced at $495, 000 (the price of a studio apartment in New York!) it might be worth a visit. I’d be happy to give you a tour of the studio and archive or take you to Mystic Pizza for a slice.


The house features a nice kitchen with good appliances, a washer and dryer, pantry, back staircase, and doors out to the back patio and front porch. I usually host our families for Christmas here.


 The dining room has a Jotul wood stove that heats the whole first floor pretty efficiently. Note that the real estate agent asked me to take down some of the art work because it was distracting. People wanted to stop and talk about the more challenging pieces so I replaced them with groups of framed etchings that used to belong to our families and other small prints.
The living room(pictured above), dining room and kitchen all have amazing floor-to-ceiling windows and glorious morning light.

Built in 1862, the house has many of the original details, such as this handcrafted banister and etched-glass front door. At one time it was a two-family and could easily be divided into two apartments again. The floors already have separate heat and electricity controls.

The second floor has three bedrooms, and we use this one for an office/family room. Two rooms on the third floor could be used as bedrooms, too.
 The house has three full bathrooms–this one has beautiful morning light and a claw foot tub.


 The over-sized, very private backyard features a brick patio and a little shed. Unlike many of the houses in downtown Mystic, our property is big enough to put in a pool, a garage, or a tennis court. The patio is summer HQ for Two Coats of Paint.
The house is located in the historic district of downtown Mystic, one block from Main Street (pictured above), ten steps to the local Irish pub the Harp and Hound, The Mystic Disc (they specialize in vinyl), the Finer Line Art Supply, and within walking distance to the Mystic Arts Center.
Please forward the link to this post if you know anyone who is looking for a charming antique home with a rich New England history. For more information, and to check out more images, click here. Or send me an email at twocoatsofpaint {at} gmail dot com if you’d like to arrange a visit.
 Now back to work on my post about “The Forever Now.”


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  1. Yes, Mystic is a cool town, and the schools are pretty good, too. This seems like a good deal.

  2. That part about taking down the art work is too funny.

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