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April 25, 2014

Rockport contemporary offers best of views and more on Cape Ann

Imagine ending your day with incomparable water views, cool ocean breezes and the gentle lull of the tide. Dream no longer, for you could have all this and more in this shingle-style contemporary. Sited on one of Rockport’s most coveted streets with sweeping vistas up and down the coastline, this breathtaking property is being presented by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage just in time for summer.

Originally a seasonal cottage in the 1950s, this gorgeous home was greatly improved and expanded to create a thoughtfully fluid floor plan, all the while taking full advantage of the backdrop outside.

“While planning the renovations, they made sure that every room would have lots of windows from which to enjoy the outdoors,” says Realtor Scott Smith. “The result is a home with a bright and open feel and ocean views present wherever you look.”

On the main floor, the sprawling living room and step-up dining room are bathed in natural light and feature gleaming hardwood flooring and walls of oversized windows. For seasonal entertaining or simply basking in the sea air, an expansive ocean-facing deck is just steps away. Boasting exceptional views as well, the fully applianced eat-in kitchen is complete with recessed lighting, generous cabinets and French doors to a bluestone terrace.

Rounding off this level and affording great versatility are four rooms original to the home. Enhanced by a full bath and privacy door, these rooms offer the possibility of an in-home office suite, guest quarters or convenient first-floor master, Smith suggests.

Upstairs, find three bedrooms, a sitting room and two full baths. Offering what may be the best seat in the house, the master suite with copious closets and walls of glass overlooks Thacher’s Island, the Twin Lights and Loblolly Cove. Ascend the stairs to the uppermost level to a wonderful great room with an observation deck and breathtaking panoramic views of the water below.

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