Never before offered! As the first private waterfront property north of the center of Essex village, this exceptional pocket estate of nearly one acre offers an abundance of privacy, plus immediate access to village marinas, shops, restaurants and yacht clubs. Designed by a renowned architect, this stunning home has been the winner of several prestigious architectural awards. Close to all; yet quiet and a world apart! Walls of windows afford ample opportunity to drink in views of North Cove, the CT river, hills of Lyme and a parade of wildlife. Those who simply want the finest in waterfront living will appreciate the quality, detail, exceptional floor plan and incredible views this home offers. French doors from the first floor master suite open onto a deck overlooking a peaceful tableau of natural landscaping, distant hills, water and sky. Sit by the fireplace in the dramatic living room with twelve-foot high ceilings. The kitchen features mahogany cabinetry, Wolf, Subzero and Asko appliances and informal banquette seating. Other dining choices include a formal area, dining on one of two three-season porches, or alfresco dining on the upper or lower wrap-around decks. Media room with cathedral ceiling and built-ins is conveniently located next to the kitchen. A secondary first floor kitchen with outdoor access affords an easy entertaining option.The separate 600SF shingled "cottage" with bedroom, full bath and studio is an artist's or guest's dream! Paradise found!