SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 26, 2013

Ocean views abound from Bass Rocks stunner

BY LILLIAN SHAPIRO
DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE ADVERTISING

---- — In true New England style, this breathtaking Colonial in Gloucester takes complete command of its seaside location. Complete with covered porches and walls of windows from which to enjoy the indescribable vistas, this is a property that most only dream of.

“What is perhaps most unique about this house is that it was intentionally designed to offer the very best views,” says listing agent Joan Oliver of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Be it Bass Rocks, the Twin Lights or the ocean itself, they are spectacular from every room.”

Perched above an expertly crafted stone wall on a corner lot selected for its privacy, the house was custom designed in 2000 by its original and current owner with the skilled help of an architect. The intent, according to the Realtor, was to construct a comfortable, livable home that would take full advantage of its stunning surroundings. One step in and it is clear that plan was attained.

A gracious foyer with extended ceiling opens thoughtfully to a fluid main level where each room boasts hardwood floors, walls of windows and French doors to the outdoors. Large gatherings are easily accommodated in the exquisite living room with gas fireplace, while a relaxed office with custom shelving and a built-in window seat offers a more peaceful respite. Further down the hall, the gourmet kitchen with sprawling dining area is sure to be the envy of any chef. Featuring copious white cabinetry and counter space, this is a room with all the “bells and whistles,” including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, refrigerated drawers, double wall oven, granite island with cook-top and sink, a generous pantry and access to a patio for al fresco dining.

Rounding off this level is the master bedroom, designed to take full advantage of the landscape with multiple windows and a covered porch overlooking the seascape. His and hers walk-in closets lead the way to an en-suite bath complete with a Jacuzzi tub, custom vanity and pendant lighting.

Upstairs, find two additional bedrooms, two full baths, a sitting room/library with built-in bookcases and a second home-office with what is perhaps, the pièce de résistance; a spiral stairway leading to an observation room offering inexpressible panoramic views of Cape Ann and beyond.

Additional amenities include a finished TV/exercise room, central vac and air, state-of-the-art security system, two-car garage and a professionally landscaped lot with irrigation system.

“This is an easy-to-care-for home that was intended, from the start, to be enjoyed,” says Oliver. “So many homes of this type are sterile and formal, but this is a home that you can come into and really put your feet up. At the risk of using a sometimes overused saying, it really is a ‘must-see’.”

Listed for $2,500,000, this property is shown by appointment only. For more information or to schedule a private tour, call Joan Oliver at 978-729-5895.

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