, Salem, MA

April 26, 2013

Rare-to-market Rockport gem is sure to go fast

By Nancy Mades

---- — Don’t miss this rare opportunity to live in a historic home within walking distance to downtown Rockport and Bearskin Neck. Rockport remains one of the country’s most revered and visited historic areas for both the artists who flock there for inspiration and the visitors who follow them for the quaint shops, great restaurants and memorable galleries.

“This home’s location is just about perfect. You can walk out the front door and down the hill to everything Rockport and Bearskin Neck have to offer,” says listing agent Janet Deedy of Wentworth Realty Group. “You and your guests will have a front-row seat for Rockport’s famous Fourth of July Parade. This is the type of home that doesn’t come onto the market very often or stay on the market for very long.”

Classic New England elegance and simplicity radiate from every space starting with the covered porch that leads you to the welcoming double doors. Updated to provide all of the modern comforts you expect in a fine home, care was taken to preserve the historic charm of this three-bedroom, 21/2-bath, circa 1855 residence.

The first-floor living space includes a spacious living room where the pellet stove guarantees you’ll remain warm and toasty when the New England winter lives up to its reputation. The room is the ideal size and style whether you are planning an intimate or large-scale gathering of family and friends.

Someone whose passion is cooking and kitchen design obviously planned the full chef’s kitchen.

“It’s a really well-thought-out and expertly designed kitchen,” Deedy says. All of the kitchen appliances are high-quality stainless-steel, including the oversized French door refrigerator.

You’ll be delighted to prepare the tastiest meals with the powerful 17,500 BTU propane five-burner stove and full-size, double-wall convection ovens. Convection ovens are a cook’s first choice because, unlike many conventional ovens, they distribute heat evenly and reduce cooking times by about 25 percent.

This home boasts two charming dining areas. The first is off the kitchen and offers a lovely seasonal harbor view. When the weather gets warm, dine al fresco in the screen house with its private courtyard, perfect for summer entertaining. “It’s perfect for an evening dinner party outside with candlelight and the sounds of rippling water from the courtyard’s two water elements,” Deedy says. The pergola with swing seating and fire pit add even more charm and ambiance to outdoor entertaining.

The handcrafted winding staircase takes you to the home’s second-level living space, where a master bedroom suite creates a private sanctuary with views of historic Rockport Harbor. There is also a private bathroom and spacious shower for two. All three bedrooms all have skylights and seasonal ocean views. Forget about lugging loads of laundry in this house. The upstairs stacked laundry is tucked away in its own closet in the hallway between the bedrooms.

A delight for the aspiring or veteran gardener, the thoughtfully designed grounds include a wonderful perennial herb garden with red raspberry canes, vines and bushes. The vegetable garden is well-established and right next to the garden shed to make for easy tending.

The yard is nearly one-quarter acre — something very rare for historic downtown Rockport. However, even more extraordinary is the driveway for three vehicles in a town famous for elusive parking spaces. If you are looking for a home that offers the best of everything that is Rockport, you’ll find it in this special residence.

Mark your calendar or create a mobile phone reminder to visit this gem during its open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at 45 Mount Pleasant St. Or call for a private showing.

AT A GLANCE: 3 bedrooms 2 1/2 bathrooms Full chef's kitchen Seasonal ocean views $595,000 LISTED BY: Janet Deedy Wentworth Realty Group 978-879-8196