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November 22, 2013

Seaside stunner must be seen to be believed

Search if you must, but you’d be hard pressed to match the views enjoyed from this remarkable property affectionately known to locals as “Cliff Walk.” With over 6 acres of direct ocean frontage and overlooking Gloucester’s Folly Point from atop its dramatic bluff, this classic Cape Cod-style cottage is surrounded on three sides by the sea. While its $2,395,000 price tag nearly rivals the grandeur of its setting, few could argue that some things are quite undeniably “priceless.”

“This home offers an alluring combination of timeless natural beauty, along with an expansion potential rarely found in today’s market,” says Realtor Amanda Armstrong of By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty. “Though its 1,685 square feet of living space is very manageable, it’s a house that could easily be enlarged to accommodate the needs of a modern family or a socially active lifestyle.”

With remarkable touches such as elegantly carved wood panel doors, weathered hardwood floors and colorfully accented windows, the interior of this house is just as delightful as its exterior, exuding what Armstrong refers to as a “romantic charm.” Formal spaces here include the spacious dining room and a living room featuring beautiful and purposeful built-ins, a fireplace and exquisite garden and ocean vistas. Sharing those views is the eat-in kitchen, complete with stone flooring and a lovely sitting area. Should the weather be uncooperative, fear not, for in addition to oceanfront patios and sprawling terraces, there is a charming sunroom from which to relish the views. Rounding off this first floor is a generous bedroom with gleaming wood floors.

One flight above, two additional bedrooms share a marble bath boasting gold-plated fixtures and a panorama of the landscaped gardens below. For those in need of more space, an in-home office or a private suite perhaps, the lower level offers an office/bedroom with custom shelving and a second full bath.

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