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September 13, 2013

Montserrat cape is more than meets the eye

Lovingly cared for and turn-key ready, this charming three-bedroom in Beverly’s desirable Montserrat neighborhood is simply awaiting an auspicious buyer. As is suggested by its exterior, this home is pristine, boasting countless updates and pleasing features throughout.

From the curb this storybook cape is classic in appearance with signature gables, pitched roof and center chimney. However, once inside, its interior is anything but ordinary, says listing agent Deborah Brown of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Because this house was built in the late 1940s, it has all of the period details you might expect, such as hardwood floors, built-ins and solid wood doors with original glass knobs. The surprise though, is all of the thoughtful expansions and improvements that have been made over the years.”

One such project is the chef’s kitchen complete with cherry cabinetry, recessed lighting, a tin ceiling and pellet stove. A bump-out breakfast nook with Palladian window and a vaulted ceiling with skylight lends easy access to a recently refurbished redwood deck with hot tub. Adjacent, find a generous family room with gas-fired woodstove, walls of windows and skylights for added natural light.

More formal spaces on the main floor include a charming living room with wood-burning fireplace and the dining room complete with a built-in china cupboard and French doors. Rounding off this level is a bedroom and a half bath, though the Realtor suggests opportunity here.

“While there are two more nice-sized bedrooms and a full bath on the second floor, if a buyer were to be looking for a home with a first-floor master, it could be done very simply. A classic cape such as this one presents a wonderful, flexible floor plan that allows for any number of options depending on one’s needs. A home like this can easily accommodate a person’s inevitable changing lifestyle.”

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