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May 3, 2013

Salem townhome brings together comfort and 'cool'

Perfectly situated within walking distance to everything everyone loves about Salem, this Essex Street townhome has achieved the impossible — an equal balance of antique charm and hipster cool. Just blocks to the Collins Cove Beach, Salem Common, Pickering Wharf and all that downtown Salem has to offer, the home is also ideal for the commuter.

Check the weather in the morning and then decide whether to take the express commuter rail to North Station or the ferry boat to downtown Boston — both are just a quick walk from this home. There is also convenient, off-street parking for two cars. In addition to being a commuter’s dream, the home is also convenient to shopping, a public park and tennis court, and walking/jogging trails.

Built in 1854, the home’s private entrance reveals an open-concept main living level where tall ceilings are softened by exposed brick and beams and warmed by the antique charm of the living room’s wood-burning fireplace. The impeccable wood floors are dramatically accented by a rich color palette. Designed with the cook in mind, the kitchen goes for modern opulence with dark wood cabinets, lush granite countertops and sleek stainless appliances. The home is heated by natural gas, and flooring is a combination of wood, tile and wall-to-wall carpeting.

With 1,000 square feet of living space that includes two bedrooms and 11/2 bathrooms, the home is a second-floor/penthouse residence with its own private roof deck. “Perfect for hosting your Fourth of July party,” says listing agent Eric Towne of Tache Real Estate.

The second floor offers two good-sized bedrooms, where either could be used as a master bedroom, and the Jack and Jill designer bathroom features a whirlpool tub, glass tile shower and opulent chandelier. The bedrooms also boast cathedral ceilings and skylights to create spaces filled with relaxing natural lighting.

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