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June 21, 2013

Magnolia retreat boasts in-home studio

If versatility is at the top of your wish list, this Magnolia (Gloucester) multilevel single-family home will surely be of interest. Whether the prerequisite is in-law living space, a teen suite, a dream studio or simply room in which to roam, this custom built contemporary is a “must-see.”

“The 21-foot-by-22-foot bonus room over the two-car garage with a separate entrance and full bath presents endless possibilities. It is light and bright with skylights and track lighting, making it a very desirable home for anyone in need of a private home office or home studio,” says Realtor Mary Ciaraldi of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “The entire house has a practical floor plan that would work well for any type of buyer.”

Beyond the welcoming foyer, find an open and spacious living room with beamed ceiling and oversized windows, flowing effortlessly to an in-home office or additional bedroom. The large country kitchen, ideal for entertaining, is complete with ceramic flooring, a brick hearth for a wood stove and easy access to a wraparound deck overlooking a secluded backyard. Rounding off this level is the thoughtful first-floor master bedroom; a true retreat with sliders leading to a four-season sunroom with vaulted ceiling, cedar tongue-and-groove paneling and a hot tub.

The adaptability lingers to the finished lower level, where the options are limitless. Complemented by custom shelving and a stone fireplace with gas insert, a sprawling room provides generous space for a family room or media room. An extended family or au pair perhaps, will have everything they might need here, including a nice-sized bedroom with cedar closet, a full bath and a new granite kitchenette with ceramic tiling and sliders to the outdoor patio.

This home, which has been beautifully maintained for the past 30 years by the current owners, has seen countless updates including a recently pavered walkway, a new four-bedroom septic system and a newer roof. The brand new, forced hot air propane heating system is complemented with an energy-efficient, in-house Honda Freewatt generator system. Perfectly positioned on 1.3 professionally landscaped acres, the property affords stunning woodland views and is just minutes from Magnolia Village and area beaches.

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