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November 29, 2013

Rare opportunity for new construction in Marblehead

If you have been shopping for new construction in Marblehead, you’ve undoubtedly found your quest to be a challenging one. Although it is rare in this desirable seacoast town, Dick McKinley of Harborside Realty is currently marketing not one, but three such offerings ... just in time for your holiday wish list. With one home well underway and the remaining two ready to get started, the buyer who acts quickly could be nestled in shortly after the New Year.

Spanning more than 3,300 square feet, the first home to be completed will boast five bedrooms, two full and two half-baths, and a combination of formal and leisurely rooms. While decorative touches such as hardwood flooring and crown moldings are already in the plans, there is time to be involved in the customization.

“This home could presumably be finished in as little as two months, but there is still a window of opportunity in which to choose colors, finishes and even the kitchen package. When dealing with new construction, those who act earlier rather than later can come in and move things around to suit their individual tastes,” says the Realtor.

The main level is to feature what McKinley describes as an “aspirational” kitchen with high-end stainless-steel appliances, gleaming granite and a separate dining area. Thoughtfully adjacent is a sprawling family room with fireplace, custom built-ins and sliders to a covered deck. Ideal for entertaining, the living and dining rooms with detailed trims are elegant, yet inviting.

Upstairs, find spacious bedrooms including a master suite featuring a large sitting area/office, a walk-in and two additional closets and an en suite bath with double vanities, soaking tub and separate walk-in “rain” shower. The remaining bedrooms share both a full and a half bath. Bearing in mind that homebuyers have varied needs, the Realtor points out that the fifth bedroom might alternately serve well as a second family room.

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