By NANCY MADES
---- — 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.
Almost unheard of in historic, downtown Rockport where “quaint” can too often mean tiny grounds, the yard here is nearly a quarter-acre. The well-established vegetable garden complements the ivy-covered granite wall, perennial flower garden, and screened dining area of the patio perfect for outdoor dining. Everyone will want an invitation to your Fourth of July parties where you and your guests can enjoy the backyard fire pit or relax in the pergola while watching Rockport’s fabled annual “Firemen’s Parade,” which marches right past the house every July 4.
Within an easy walk to downtown Rockport’s wonderful shops and galleries, the residence is situated on a quiet tree-lined one-way street. Or, walk down the lane to Old Garden Beach or the “Headlands” oceanfront park.
Mark your calendar or create a mobile phone reminder to visit this gem during its Open House, at 45 Mt. Pleasant St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, or, call for a private showing.
This property lists for $595,000. Listed by Janet Deedy, Wentworth Realty Group, Rockport, email@example.com, 978-879-8196. Take an online tour by visiting www.tourfactory.com/998807.
AT A GLANCE 45 Mt. Pleasant St., Rockport 3 bedrooms Chef's kitchen Hardwood floors Seasonal harbor views $595,000 Open House Sunday, June 8, 1 to 3 p.m. LISTED BY Janet Deedy Wentworth Realty Group, Gloucester firstname.lastname@example.org 978-879-8196 Online tour at www.tourfactory.com/998807