, Salem, MA

August 16, 2013

Generous spaces and glorious views abound in this Rockport home

By Nancy Mades-Byrd
The Salem News

---- — Like a sea breeze on a clear morning, this Rockport home radiates warmth and contentment. Situated in the desirable South End and offering stunning ocean views of Thatcher Island, the residence is close to the best beaches in town and the shops, galleries and restaurants that maintain Rockport as a mecca for those who appreciate fine living.

“This is a home where a lifetime of memories are made,” observes listing agent Amanda Armstrong of By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty of Beverly Farms. “It’s really a soulful house full of nothing but positive energy. It’s a joy.”

The home’s 1,721 square feet of living space are ingeniously well-designed to create substantial rooms that simultaneously respect the way we live now and embrace the grace of traditional New England seaside living. The home is structured around a series of short ascensions creating an idyllic residence for those whose preference or lifestyle requirements favor fewer stairs to climb. The living spaces on the main floor include an eat-in kitchen, a large living room with a dynamic coffered ceiling, built-in bookcases and a red brick fireplace. The main level’s dining room features a custom sideboard and china cabinet and is modeled for both intimate family suppers and extended dinner parties. The dining room’s French doors open to the private terrace and handsomely landscaped gardens. Gleaming blond hardwood floors throughout the home add even more to the sense of sunlit warmth.

Up a short flight of steps are two good-sized bedrooms and a full bath that could easily be repurposed to create a spa-like master-bedroom suite. The next level offers another generous bedroom and full bath, and the fourth bedroom is just a few short steps up from there. Every room offers spectacular views of Thatcher Island – a 52-acre island just off of Rockport and home to a 22-acre national wildlife refuge.

“A view of Thatcher Island is something special,” says Armstrong. In addition to supporting local nesting species of herring and black-backed gulls, Thatcher Island also hosts songbirds and other migrants. It’s not unusual to be treated to the sight of seals, waterfowl, loons and other species that make the island their temporary or permanent sanctuary.

The grounds of the home offer an elegant counterpoint to the nearby wildlife refuge in that here nature has been planned, planted and brilliantly executed. Manicured lawns and two well-established perennial gardens offer Old World charm, says Armstrong, while the two huge trees create a shade-giving canopy that lacks only a hammock hung between them to be complete. World-famous Rockport granite enhances the patio, creating the perfect setting for relaxing or entertaining.

The home and grounds offer expansion possibilities, enabling it to serve as either a main residence or second/vacation home, adds Armstrong. “It’s an ideal setting for a vacation home or a year-round home,” says Armstrong. An attached single-car garage additionally houses the utility area and laundry.

This property is offered at $925,000. Listing agent Amanda Armstrong, By The Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Farms,, 978-879-6322.