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June 7, 2013

Don't miss this elegant, warm Rockport stunner

The perfect combination of vintage charm and modern sensibility are around every corner of this lovely antique home located in the heart of Rockport. Updated with the contemporary conveniences one expects in a fine home, the residence manages to lose none of its classic 1855 New England seacoast ambiance starting with the lovely covered porch leading you through the double doors inside.

“That house is like the Tardis on ‘Dr. Who’,” says listing agent Janet Deedy of Wentworth Realty Group of Gloucester. “It looks like a quaint little house when you drive up to it and then you walk inside and it’s huge. It’s the open concept design of the first floor.

“When people first come in they are always taken aback by what a large house it is,” adds Deedy. “Then you go upstairs and the three bedrooms are very private. It’s just a really nice house.”

Designed for home entertaining on both a large — there two fabulous dining area options — or small scale, the open-concept main floor opens to the adjacent sitting and dining rooms. The dining room, with its original lovingly-maintained maple floors is at the same time cozy enough for an intimate dinner an expansive enough to host a large scale formal dinner. The chef’s kitchen has hosted the filming of nationally-broadcast cooking videos and boasts a powerful 17,500 BTU propane five-burner stove and full-size double-wall convection ovens. The top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances round out the kitchen and create the perfect setting to whip up the simplest weeknight supper or a gourmet dinner. Luxurious hardwood floors are maintained throughout the home and a delightful wood pellet stove brings cozy warmth to the living room during the most robust nor’easter.

From the first floor, a handcrafted winding staircase leads you to a master bedroom suite with seasonal views of historic Rockport Harbor, a private bathroom, and a spacious shower for two. The additional two bedrooms — also on the second level — have skylights and seasonal ocean views. A tribute to smart design, the laundry room is tucked away in its own hallway between the bedrooms.

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