, Salem, MA

September 26, 2013

Magnificent Ipswich contemporary home is beautiful inside and out

By Nancy Mades

---- — Situated atop 15 glorious acres of Ipswich’s Heartbreak Hill and commanding views of the Atlantic all the way to Southern Maine, this contemporary stunner is a tribute to what happens when innovative design meets impeccable décor aesthetic.

The surrounding natural world of woods, wildlife and ocean become a part of the interior design creating a sort of domestic orchestration in which the setting plays counterpoint to the geometric precision that guided the architect. The home is strikingly unique even as it evokes images of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most influential work Fallingwater.

“To live in this house feels something like what it must have been like to command a clipper ship in the great age of sail where you feel at once utterly self-contained, secure in the sense of being one with the elements,” observes listing agent Amanda Armstrong of By The Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Farms. “There is a sense of vastness both inside and out, encouraged by the sprawling grounds and oversized rooms that flow into one another, that is liberating.”

Throughout the residence are large, open spaces filled with light and purposeful design. The open concept design still provides a number of areas stylized for private contemplation, reading, studying, enjoying music and art or just relaxing. There are four bedrooms and a master suite with a fireplace and spa-like bath. The home also includes spacious guest and au pair suites that are smartly set apart from the main living spaces allowing guests and live-in help their privacy.

There is a wonderful wine cellar that’s really more like a wine living room with its beautiful wall of wine and comfortable sitting area. The fireplaced dining room with deck and inspiring views is ideal for large or small scale entertaining. With very few interior walls, this iconic home is constructed so that the structure is supported by a series of steel beams allowing for exterior walls that are nearly all glass. The dining area and kitchen are at once contemporary and warm. The kitchen’s top-line appliances and sleek design will inspire the novice and the gourmet and here, as throughout the home, the radiant floors add even more warmth to the areas given beauty and depth by the marvelous design choices of gleaming deeply-colored wood. The laundry room, with custom cabinetry and two sets of washers and dryers, is larger than many people’s kitchens. Just off that room is a private sitting room for reading, sewing, or just contemplating the beauty of the setting.

While you are treated to glorious views of the ocean, you need only stroll down the hall to take a swim in the home’s resort-style indoor swimming pool and hot tub. Year-round poolside entertaining is at hand in this room with an average temperature of 80 degrees whether it’s the dog days of summer or there is a February nor’easter battering the coastline. Additional amenities include central air-conditioning, central vacuum, intercom system, and a state-of-the-art security system.

Careful design — warm woods, cool tiles, and lots of glass — create a relaxing and soothing environment. At 10,211 square feet with 19 rooms on over 15 acres, the home offers the privacy of an estate-like setting and yet is just a half-mile from the charming shops and restaurants of downtown Ipswich. The town’s commuter rail makes it an ideal setting for those whose work or pleasure takes them into Boston. “It is a property that inspires action and possibility, a fitting base for the doers and achievers of the world,” adds Armstrong.

The residence is offered at $3.7 million. To view a video tour of the home, visit Listing agent Amanda Armstrong, By The Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Farms,, 978-879-6322.