By Nancy Mades-Byrd
---- — Like a perfectly planned surprise party, the Residences at Middlewood in Wenham meet you in the driveway with a traditional New England-style home and then astonish you when you walk through the front door to find all of the modern amenities that define 21st-century living.
Built to suit every lifestyle — from those scaling down to those starting out — the homes are designed as true townhouses with the main floor consisting of the generous living room, kitchen and half bath, two or three bedrooms and two baths on the second level, and an impressive third-floor family room that offers endless expansion possibilities. So thoughtful is the design that there is even an affordable option to install an elevator for easy access to all three levels.
“It’s really been well thought-out,” observes listing agent Arthur Thompson of J Barrett & Company of Beverly Farms. “The materials used for the exteriors may look like classic New England, but they’re cutting-edge products created specifically to maximize energy efficiency and minimize maintenance.
“If your current lifestyle requires the use of an elevator or if it’s something you want or need down the road, the home is designed to easily accomplish this. And, it’s really an elevator that ‘dings’ and two doors open, not the kind that’s a chairlift attached to a staircase.”
Designed with the cook in mind, the kitchens offer recessed lighting, granite countertops, stainless appliances and a fabulous breakfast bar ready to work the night shift for your buffet or cocktail party. The dining area adjacent to the kitchen is ideal for small- or large-scale entertaining.
Many of the luxuries that are considered “extras” are included as standard at Middlewood, says Thompson. “They’re really the best of everything. They’ve got high, smooth ceilings. The hardwood floors are real oak that’s been sanded and finished; there is nothing prefabricated. There is granite and stainless in the kitchen and all granite counters in the bathrooms — something that is usually extra.”
The spacious bedrooms feature walk-in closets and highest-quality wall-to-wall carpeting. Relax after a long day in the master bathroom with heated floors and double vanity. Smart design proffers the laundry on the second floor.
Multizone central air-conditioning, wiring for cable and high-speed Internet make for modern living, while gleaming hardwood floors throughout the first level, the living room chair rail, fireplace and sumptuous crown molding remind you that you’re at home in historic Wenham, whose men fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and alongside George Washington.
“Wenham defines quaint little New England town but is at the same time perfect for commuters because of its easy access to Route 128, Route 1A and nearby commuter rail stations to Boston,” says Thompson. “The center of village has wonderful shops and restaurants and, of course, the historic Wenham Tea House.” Established in 1912, the Wenham Tea House is one of the county’s oldest tea houses.
The two-bedroom property is offered at $464,000. The three-bedroom property is offered at $499,000. The listing agent’s information is Arthur Thompson, 978-882-4335 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Henry Pizzo, 978-317-6139 or email@example.com.
AT A GLANCE
Private yards in both style units
Offering both first- and secondfloor master bedrooms
Furnished model open weekends noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment