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February 15, 2013

Centerville Colonial is more than meets the eye

Complete with an infinite list of notable improvements, this stunning Beverly offering is so much more than its categorization of “center-entrance Colonial” suggests. While all of the likely components of the style are there, the unexpected is the wide-open fluidity of its floor plan. Pair that with updates such as new lighting, fresh paint, a remodeled kitchen and refurbished baths, and you have a home that quite simply has it all.

“This is, in no way, your typical eight-room, four-bedroom home,” says listing agent Pam Spiros of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “This whole house is very spacious with sun-drenched light thanks to the innovative use of exceptionally large windows in every room. When the original owners built the house, their mission was to ensure it had loads of light. They most definitely accomplished that.”

Gleaming hardwood floors flow throughout the main level, while thoughtful recessed lighting serves to enhance an already luminous home. Gracious spaces include a front-to-back living room with brick-faced fireplace and a formal dining room boasting wainscoting and detailed moldings. A family room, with multi-paned windows, glass sliders and a toasty gas stove, meets up effortlessly with the kitchen. Here, find bright white cabinetry with Corian countertops and a sea glass backsplash, stainless-steel appliances and a breakfast bar with ample seating for two.

“This is a fabulous home for entertaining because every room is easily accessible to the dining areas,” Spiros says. “It is a true ‘earshot,’ from one end of the house to the other.”

Four bedrooms upstairs boast plush wall-to-wall carpeting, interesting cathedral-like ceilings and generous closet space. The astonishing 21-by-15-square-foot master is “to die for,” according to the Realtor, thanks in part to a walk-in closet with custom shelving and a renovated en-suite bath with double vanity, granite counters and a heated floor. A second ceramic bath shares this level.

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