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September 26, 2013

Pristine Ipswich Colonial is a design marvel

From the moment you enter the foyer and your eye is immediately drawn to the sweeping curve of the cantilevered staircase in this striking contemporary Colonial home, you eagerly anticipate what marvel you’ll find around the next corner. This home does not disappoint.

While it would be easy to focus only on the property’s “Wow!” factors — from the cathedral ceiling and gleaming hardwood floors to the gorgeous flagstone fireplace — the warmly designed living room and great room are happy reminders that this is a space designed to be called “home.”

“One of the many wonderful features of this residence is that it was built by and has been home to the original owner who has taken meticulous care of the property,” says listing agent Jay Burnham of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Beverly. “It’s immaculate — the tiled floors and the hardwood floors gleam as if they were just installed. In fact, it’s difficult to believe this is not a brand-new home.”

Upon entering the impressive foyer, you’ll find the formal living room and powder room to your left and a home office on your right. Unlike some “home offices” that are too often more like alcoves for your laptop, this is a generous workspace with ample room for getting things done. Past the office to the right, the dining room’s oversized windows offer inspiring views of the meticulously tended grounds. The cook’s kitchen features top-quality appliances, and the custom cabinets and counter space seem to just go on and on. Sip your morning coffee and enjoy the famed

Ipswich flora and fauna from the charming breakfast nook.

Step from the kitchen into the stunning great room that manages to be both impressive in its size and at the same time offers a cozy space to gather with family and friends. The first-floor living space is completed by the laundry room and the mudroom that leads outside to the flat, perfectly manicured yard. The home is framed on three sides by lovely mature trees and well-established plantings that add both beauty and privacy to the residence.

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