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September 26, 2013

Country roads bring you home to Wenham estate

Boasting stunning lines, scrupulous rooms and nearly 8 acres of meticulous grounds, this contemporary Wenham home exudes a sense of timelessness. Sited on one of this area’s most enviable and scenic country roads, this pastoral property in its entirety represents the very best the North Shore has to offer.

“One of the greatest attributes of this solid, attractive home is its location and the privacy that it offers,” says Realtor John Farrell of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “It is set back about a quarter of a mile from Dodge’s Row, so it is quite secluded. At the same time, though, it is close to the commuter rail and downtown Beverly, Hamilton and Wenham.”

Beyond the front door, a sunken foyer with a terrazzo of bluestone leads the way to a main level bathed in natural light, thanks to a thoughtful combination of a neutral pallet, oversized windows and high ceilings. Whether you desire a formal or more leisurely space in which to entertain guests, this home has it covered. A gracious living room features a wet bar, fireplace with raised granite hearth, transom windows and 10-foot glass sliders to the patio. The dining room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling opens to heated sunroom complete with skylights, tile floor and a wall of windows.

Feeling quite contemporary and sleek, the kitchen boasts stark white cabinetry with a built-in breakfast table and computer work station, a center island with electric cook top and stunning views of the perfectly landscaped backyard.

“This house possesses a wonderful balance of large, open rooms and more intimate spaces such as the paneled den,” says the Realtor. “With its rich wood, custom shelving and wood-burning fireplace, it feels very relaxed and comfortable.”

Upstairs, find four bedrooms, including the master with built-in bureaus, fireplace, a private balcony overlooking the grounds below and an en suite bath with granite flooring and “his and hers” sinks. A second full bath completes this level. Two flights down, the walk-out finished basement with exercise room, bedroom and full bath could make the perfect guest quarter or au pair suite, suggests Farrell.

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