, Salem, MA

September 26, 2013

Summer never ends in this stunning Ipswich Cape

By Nancy Mades-Byrd

---- — This Cape Cod-style home, situated on almost a full acre and elevation of nearly 100 feet, is a warm, welcoming home and the centerpiece of a magnificent seascape. With striking views of the ocean or the Ipswich River from nearly every room, the residence brims with custom details and elegant features. The open-concept design and enormous windows of the main level evoke legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of organic design in which the inside and outside of the structure blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature — particularly the glorious perennial gardens which adorn the grounds.

“There is nothing stereotypical or ordinary about this house,” said listing agent Philio Cushing of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Beverly. “It’s so unique in terms of the custom design and highest quality construction.

“When the owners walked into the home in 1982, it was a very modest and simple home, but they fell in love with it and with its spectacular views,” adds Cushing. “They went on to add an additional 2,000 square feet to the original structure and to completely remodel the property into the elegant home it is today.”

The main level features the sun-filled living room with a cathedral ceiling, fireplace, and a delightful loft that offers a perfect spot for a home office or quiet spot to finish the latest best-seller. The family room, with its stunning ocean views and gas fireplace, is ideally designed for entertaining on both a small or large scale. The wood-paneled dining room with yet another fireplace creates the ideal setting for a simple, cozy family supper or an elaborate holiday meal. The kitchen’s stunning custom granite counters and stainless top-line appliances are designed with the chef in mind and this room’s views of the Ipswich River are spectacular.

“The southwestern orientation of the property adds to the sense of brightness and light that makes it such a special home,” adds Cushing. “The lot size is also equal to five lot sizes in the area so it’s just a spectacular setting.” From the property you can walk either to the private beach reserved exclusively for neighborhood residents or to the Pavilion Beach, which is open to the public.

The lower level houses the home’s four generous bedrooms including a spa-like master bedroom suite with a private bath, skylight, walk-in closet with custom cabinetry, and separate dressing room. Three additional bedrooms and two full baths — all with gleaming hardwood floors and optimal home organization and design options — and the laundry complete this level.

“This is the most exceptional property offered on the Neck,” says Cushing, referring to the beach-ward section of Ipswich which for so long was home to simple summer beach cottages but which, over recent years, has evolved into an ideal year-round home for those who favor seaside living.

Settled in the mid-17th century, Ipswich is one of the oldest towns in Massachusetts. Whether you’re picking your own pumpkins at Russell Orchards, antique hunting at one of the town’s many quaint shops, or collecting seashells on Crane’s Beach, Ipswich remains a seaside paradise for both visitors and lucky residents.

This property is offered at $1,590,000. Call Listing Agent Philio Cushing at 978-882-4194.