MILFORD — Joan Campbell said her house at 40 Shell Ave. used to be beachfront property — more than 100 years ago.

That’s when the Nantucket Colonial, built in 1865, was allegedly moved across the street. It’s still just mere feet from the beach, (though far enough away that no flood insurance is required) and, once upon a time “our whole street was part of a summer-cottage-type scene” Campbell said. Today, it remains a cozy home, which the Campbells have lived in since 1991.

The 2,599-square-foot house is now for sale, and listed at $635,000. Past city historian Richard Platt said he didn’t know much about the house, or its former history as a beachfront cottage. But he pointed out that the home is close to a local landmark — the beach cottage at 889 East Broadway, where former President Bill Clinton lived in the 1970s when he was a student at Yale University Law School.

As for the Shell Avenue home, Campbell said they “fully overhauled” the house in 2000, adding such features as a sunken living room, a newly remodeled bathroom and a front porch that might be a little too comfortable. It’s a vast space that stretches over much of the front of the house, and provides ample opportunities for both people-watching and relaxing. It’s also cozy, with a wood-paneled ceiling and charming columns in front.

The home’s listing agent, Stephanie Ellison, said, during open houses, she’s assumed guests have left after touring the residence, and has later found them sitting on the porch, just chilling and enjoying the view. Campbell said she’s faced similar issues with guests to her home over the years.

“Everybody loves it,” she said.

Despite the overhaul, Ellison said some of the elements of antique home’s former self remain, like the original wainscoting on the ceiling in the house’s great room. The house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

In addition to its much-beloved front porch, the home also has a private patio off its eat-in kitchen, and a deck off the second story master bedroom. And it may no longer sit right on the water, but the beach is still accessible via a pathway between two house across the street from the home.

Though they’ve decided to move on, Campbell said she and her family will always have fond memories of the Shell Avenue house.

“It’s been a wonderful home,” she said. “We get lots of compliments on it.”

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