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July 12, 2013

Lovely Manchester condo feels like a private home

Cheerful, airy spaces abound in this Manchester condominium that both looks and feels like a single-family residence, but offers the convenience of association living. Thoughtful design crafts this stylish 1,393 square-foot home into your personal sanctuary in a community known as a seaside haven since the mid-19th century, when such notable architects as John Hubbard Sturgis designed the houses along the coastline that would establish Manchester as the summer choice for the smart set of Boston society.

“When someone thinks of a condo they think of a unit in a building that doesn’t have any land or a yard,” observes listing agent Deborah Brown of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Beverly. “What makes this home so unique is that it’s an attached single-family Cape Cod-style home that’s tucked behind an antique home. It’s very private with its own wonderful yard lined by mature trees and a glorious perennial garden.”

The yard — at once ideal for outdoor entertaining and as a play yard — has also provided the current owner with such wonderful bird-watching opportunities that it became the source of a personal blog on the Web. Veteran or aspiring birders might look to check off from their lists such common North Shore species as the red-tailed hawk, the blue jay, and the white-breasted nuthatch. Or, you might be treated to a rare glimpse of the more elusive little blue heron, Cooper’s hawk, or piping plover.

The home’s main floor features two generous bedrooms, a sun-filled, airy kitchen and bath. The space is completed by the warm, entertaining-friendly living room. The kitchen, dining and living rooms offer slider doors out to the expansive deck ideal for dining al fresco during the warmer weather or enjoying the well-established perennial garden.

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