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Homes of the Week

February 28, 2014

Renovated Gloucester Victorian with harbor and ocean views

Sitting “front and center” on Gloucester’s Western Avenue, where it has stood for more than 100 years, is this stately Colonial-style Victorian. Classic in its outward appearance, a passer-by could not even begin to envision its interior. With total renovation in mind, this home was purchased and completely transformed in just one year. According to listing agent Dick McKinley of Harborside Realty, the property now represents the perfect blend of “old and new.”

“This house was a typical two-family residence, but it is now a beautiful restored single-family with a mix of modern-day conveniences and period charm,” says the Realtor. “They were very careful with the restorations by paying respect to traditional details such as the oversized windows, original crown moldings and paneling. At the same time, they reconfigured the infrastructure, capturing and creating additional living space. It is a remarkable alteration.”

Central to the main living area is a kitchen that is both spectacular in its appearance and sensible in its design. Complete with generous cabinetry, Venetian gold granite counters, top-of-the-line Jenn-Air appliances, built-in wine cooler and hardwood flooring, this room blends seamlessly with the family room for easy casual entertaining. Should you require spaces more formal, the adjacent living and dining rooms afford that flexibility.

Spanning the upper two levels of this home are five bedrooms and three brand-new full baths. In the master suite, find large closets and a sumptuous bath featuring a free-standing MAAX JAZZ Jacuzzi tub and a rain shower with custom glassed enclosure. For stunning views of the nearby ocean, one needs only to step out onto the newly added second-floor deck.

While far too many to list here, some notable amenities include new high-efficiency plumbing and heating, maintenance-free cedar shingling, rain-sensor ceiling windows, Energy Star replacement windows throughout, central air and generous parking. Sited within steps of the boulevard, this home offers unobstructed views of both the harbor and the Atlantic from the front of the house to the back.

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