By NANCY MADES
---- — Sturdy and charismatic, for more than 100 years this Rockport home has watched as the tides of the Atlantic rise and fall. With direct access to the beach, the residence has the amenities one expects in a fine quality home all wrapped up in a visage of classic New England charm.
Its Back Beach setting makes the home one of the most desirable locations in an area where everybody already wants to be. Magic happens during your morning coffee when the sun ascends and casts its light over all of Rockport as seen from your front steps. Evening vistas are equally beautiful granting the lucky viewer unparalleled panoramas of Bearskin Neck and Straightsmouth Lighthouse.
Solidly built in 1889, the home’s two working fireplaces and appealing coffered ceiling living room with wood stove create a welcoming space after a summer day at the beach or warm sanctuary in which to snuggle by the fire with a good book during one of our famous New England winters.
The chef’s kitchen features top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances including a propane gas range and convection oven with a dough-proofing setting for the home baker. The Liebherr refrigerator — including a wine rack — affords the finest in modern, efficient home refrigeration.
Lovely, custom flair continues in the dining room which features impressive bull’s-eye trim and a useful and charming built-in china cabinet. The room’s working fireplace completes the setting for the perfect intimate dinner party or larger scale holiday open house buffet.
In addition to the kitchen, living and dining rooms, the home’s garden level also includes a good-sized bedroom and full bath. Upstairs, the generous bedroom with two closets, full bath, and den with sweeping views of Sandy Bay are just waiting for your imagination to transform into a relaxing and elegant master suite.
The grounds include three custom cedar-fenced areas including a private courtyard just off the kitchen where the stunning ocean views are the perfect entertainment to your summer cocktail party. The younger set will adore the double swing held up by the offspring of a Johnny Appleseed tree — all while enjoying their own stunning ocean views. The well-established vegetable garden’s soil is fortified with seaweed and fed by well water — ideal for the veteran or novice gardener. You can easily store your gardening tools in the 10-by-25-foot shed which includes electricity as well as a backup generator for the home.
The ample Beach Street driveway allows parking for four cars and a boat and the second — yes there’s a second driveway — is a one-car private spot on Granite Street.
“It’s a spectacular spot,” says listing agent Janet Deedy of the Wentworth Group Realty. “From July 4 through Labor Day you can listen to the band concerts at Back Beach while relaxing in the courtyard or while you’re gathering your vegetables from the garden for the dinner salad.
“The house is a prime spot to enjoy Rockport’s annual July Fourth bonfire,” Deedy adds.
This property lists for $649,000. Enjoy a video tour of the special home by visiting www.tourfactory.com/998903/r newspaper or contact listing agent Janet Deedy, Wentworth Group Realty, 978-879-8196.
AT A GLANCE: 45 Granite St Rockport, MA Lot size 12,015 square feet; approximately 0.28 acres Approximate living space 1,430 square feet Outstanding ocean views 2 driveways Parking for 5 cars Open House Sunday, 1-3 p.m., 45 Granite Street LISTED BY: Janet Deedy Wentworth Group Realty 978-879-8196