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July 5, 2013

Elegant, stately living in an ideal Merrimacport setting

Once the family home of the locally-renowned Dr. Frederick N. Sweetsir and built at a time when Merrimac was known worldwide for its horse-drawn carriage industry, one can almost hear the rhythmic clip-clop of a coach and four as you approach this stately brick Colonial Merrimacport home. Built in 1828, the home’s historic integrity has been lovingly maintained while at the same time allowing for modern living like Sub-Zero and DCS appliances, central air conditioning, Radiant heated floors, and central vacuum — all welcome amenities in such a fine country home. Smart planning and a good design aesthetic are why this 10-room residence avoids the pokiness that can come with an antique house and instead is a home with approximately 3,600 square feet of open airiness and light.

“It’s such a spectacular home,” says listing agent Karol Flannery of William Raveis Real Estate, Newburyport. “It’s the house in Merrimacport that everybody admires. It overlooks the Merrimac River and every room provides spectacular water views.”

The first-floor living spaces include the charming fire-placed dining room perfect for sophisticated dinner parties or boisterous holiday suppers, a generous living room, half bath, and a home office. The first level is completed by the gourmet cook’s kitchen featuring top-of-the-line appliances, soapstone and reclaimed wood counter tops, extensive cabinet and counter spaces and a fabulous 9-foot island that can serve double duty as a homework center by day and cocktail party headquarters by night. The kitchen additionally affords access through elegant French doors to the lovely fenced patio with fabulous perennial gardens and gorgeous waterviews in summer and the coziness of the adjacent fireplaced sitting room in winter.

The second level boasts four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a master suite that is truly a retreat featuring custom-built closets and cabinets, a cathedral ceiling and recessed lighting. The luxurious master bath has an oversized tile shower, a double vanity and all brushed nickel finishes. The home’s attached two-car garage includes the second floor great room — a generous space for extended entertaining or cozy game nights with the family.

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