It is not often that a writer finds herself at a loss for words, but with a listing this superb, the challenge is daunting. Boasting expansive ocean views and vistas extending to Ram Island, the Boston skyline and beyond, this direct waterfront, shingle-style home embraces the Atlantic Ocean in its full glory. Newly listed for $3,995,000 by Dick McKinley and Matt Dolan of Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty, this home is just 9 years young, but it presents itself more like an early 20th-century seaside estate.

“This is the kind of place that is nothing short of extraordinary,” McKinley said. “It’s not the fact that it’s big or that it sits just above the water, but that it is so unique. With newer homes of this stature, you almost always see ‘vanilla,’ he says, “but this house is filled with all of the grandeur of a house built much earlier, with custom milled woodwork and ornate detailing. The extra effort and craftsmanship is evident throughout.”

While one would expect to see “lots of bells and whistles” in a house of this magnitude, this home sports unimaginable features, which include a salt- or fresh-water aquarium with a filtration system housed in the basement; a sky-lit dome atop what the owner refers to as the “stairway to heaven”; custom, mahogany-trimmed windows on the exterior; and a lower level encased in a waterproof membrane for the utmost in storm protection.

Dramatically landscaped gardens with a beautiful fish pond and waterfall lead the way to the welcoming wraparound porch. Once inside, enjoy spectacular ocean views spanning one end of the house to the other. To the immediate left is the library with a coffered ceiling, custom woodwork, and built-ins so intricate that it was necessary to build them off-site. Should you require formal rooms in which to entertain or something a bit less structured, this main level features a laid-back family room, a gracious living room, and a dining room complete with a barreled ceiling and oversized French doors, which lend a bird’s-eye view of the sea.

Leaving nothing to the imagination, the chef-inspired kitchen showcases custom-crafted cabinetry, professional-grade, stainless-steel appliances, a show-stopping island, and a breakfast bar solicitously facing infinite views of the open ocean.

Sharing the second level are four generous bedrooms, including a private guest suite and a sumptuous master.

“With great windows and French doors opening to a secluded deck overlooking the ocean, this is the most incredible master suite I have seen,” McKinley said. “The en suite bath is absolutely lavish with Carrera marble flooring, vaulted teak ceiling, a spacious steam shower and a large Jacuzzi tub strategically placed in front of expansive windows overlooking the ocean,” he added.

If all of this is not enough, the lower-level great room is a true entertainer’s delight, featuring a solid cherry bar, an oversized projection TV screen, plush seating, a pool table and a separate exercise room. Additional amenities include teak decking, an outdoor speaker system and a heated, two-car garage.

This magnificent oceanfront residence offers a lifestyle most can only dream of.

“An offering this elegant is almost indescribable,” McKinley said. “It is simply one of those properties that must be seen to be fully appreciated.”

This home is shown by appointment only. Call Dick McKinley at 617-763-0415 to schedule a viewing.

AT A GLANCE:

11 rooms

4 bedrooms

4 full and 1 half bath

5,640 square feet

$3,995,000

LISTED BY:

Dick McKinley; 617-763-0415

Matt Dolan; 617-816-1909

Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty

617-763-0415

www.harborsidesir.com

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