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March 21, 2014

Manchester estate exudes character and charm

Suggestive of the grandiose architecture found more often “across the pond” than “down the road,” this magnificent shingle-style Tudor in Manchester-by-the-Sea is simply spectacular. Complete with features indicative of this design — a steeply pitched roof, front-facing gable, massive chimney, herringbone brickwork and half-timbering — this home is clearly one that is rich in character and turn-of-the-century charisma.

“This is a striking property that would make an amazing investment for the right buyer,” says Realtor Jessica Tully of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “It is a very gracious house set on nearly 2 acres of the most beautiful grounds. Composed of lush, mature landscaping and rolling hills, it is simply a dream from every angle.”

Beyond the attractive curb appeal and impressive façade lies a center foyer where handsome French doors open to a deck spanning the entire length of the house. Should the weather not be conducive to outside entertaining, back inside is a relaxed family room, as well as more formal living and dining rooms, all featuring period details such as fireplaces with ornate mantles, wooden beamed ceilings, hardwood flooring and leaded glass windows with multiple panes. A large kitchen with double wall ovens and generous cabinetry has not one, but two, well-appointed pantries for extra space. Rounding off this level is a convenient in-home office.

A commanding carved wood staircase original to this home leads the way to a second floor boasting tremendous versatility. Should you need a billiard room, second family room, playroom or extra bedrooms, there is ample flexibility here. For those desiring space, tranquility and the utmost in comfort, there is a lovely master suite with his and her walk-in closets and baths that is sure to fit the bill. Undeniably a bonus, many of the rooms on this level have balconies from which seasonal ocean and marsh views are most certainly enjoyed.

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