It is not often that a writer finds herself at a loss for words, but a listing like this one is nearly impossible to describe. Aptly named for its breathtaking oceanfront setting in the scenic seaside town of Swampscott, “Wavecrest” is a true masterpiece, offering sweeping panoramic water views from virtually every room and an architectural pallet quite unlike any other. Presented exclusively by Shari Sagan McGuirk of Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty, it lists for $3,900,000.

“This 16 room residence has the details of a bygone era with the modern amenities of today’s discerning buyer,” says the realtor. “Watch the sun rise and set from the expansive living room or elegant dining room, or enjoy your afternoon tea in the delightful tea room with intricate woodwork, all atop of a sandy beach that stretches along the coast. This gracious home has it all.”

Acquired as a summer residence by the Cobbs family in 1895, this shingle-style home has been meticulously reimagined for the 21st century. Just a few steps from the beach, it sits regally on more than ¾ of an acre between the Atlantic Ocean and the grounds of the former Hotel Preston. Its light-filled open floor plan is heightened by rich hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, custom built cabinetry, period crown moldings, walls of over-sized windows, and six wood burning fireplaces. The updated gourmet kitchen with separate sitting space and dining nook is state of the art with professional grade appliances, an over-sized granite island, a two-sided gas fireplace, and a tremendous butler’s pantry. Those in search of a quiet respite have their choice of the handsomely paneled library with built-in seating and fireplace, the sun-lit family room, or the ocean facing mahogany deck when the weather permits.

Atop the grand staircase, find the most luxurious of master suites complete with two custom walk-in closets, a dressing room, a large sitting area, and French doors to a private ocean-facing mahogany deck. Rivaling the finest of spas, the en suite marble bath features double sinks, a jetted soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower. Sharing this immense level are five guest bedrooms and three other full baths.

Just above, a third floor offers great storage, an open play/game room, and a small kitchen and studio space. If all this still leaves you longing for more, the partially finished walk-out basement level boasts three flexible rooms ideal for a home gym, media room, arts and crafts room or wine cellar. In addition, there are two large storage rooms and a full bath.

“All homes start with an inspiration, and inspiration starts with our surroundings,” says McGuirk. “Home is family, friends and a sense of place. It is all part of what makes a space a home. This extraordinary property is best experienced in person. Call me today at 781-589-7720 to make this oceanfront retreat your next great move.”

AT A GLANCE:

· 16 rooms

· 6 bedrooms

· 5 full and 3 half baths

· 8,000 square feet

· $3,900,000

LISTED BY:

· Shari Sagan McGuirk

· Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty

· 781-589-7720

· www.sothebysrealty.com

It is not often that a writer finds herself at a loss for words, but a listing like this one is nearly impossible to describe. Aptly named for its breathtaking oceanfront setting in the scenic seaside town of Swampscott, “Wavecrest” is a true masterpiece, offering sweeping panoramic water views from virtually every room and an architectural pallet quite unlike any other. Presented exclusively by Shari Sagan McGuirk of Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty, it lists for $3,900,000.

“This 16 room residence has the details of a bygone era with the modern amenities of today’s discerning buyer,” says the realtor. “Watch the sun rise and set from the expansive living room or elegant dining room, or enjoy your afternoon tea in the delightful tea room with intricate woodwork, all atop of a sandy beach that stretches along the coast. This gracious home has it all.”

Acquired as a summer residence by the Cobbs family in 1895, this shingle-style home has been meticulously reimagined for the 21st century. Just a few steps from the beach, it sits regally on more than ¾ of an acre between the Atlantic Ocean and the grounds of the former Hotel Preston. Its light-filled open floor plan is heightened by rich hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, custom built cabinetry, period crown moldings, walls of over-sized windows, and six wood burning fireplaces. The updated gourmet kitchen with separate sitting space and dining nook is state of the art with professional grade appliances, an over-sized granite island, a two-sided gas fireplace, and a tremendous butler’s pantry. Those in search of a quiet respite have their choice of the handsomely paneled library with built-in seating and fireplace, the sun-lit family room, or the ocean facing mahogany deck when the weather permits.

Atop the grand staircase, find the most luxurious of master suites complete with two custom walk-in closets, a dressing room, a large sitting area, and French doors to a private ocean-facing mahogany deck. Rivaling the finest of spas, the en suite marble bath features double sinks, a jetted soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower. Sharing this immense level are five guest bedrooms and three other full baths.

Just above, a third floor offers great storage, an open play/game room, and a small kitchen and studio space. If all this still leaves you longing for more, the partially finished walk-out basement level boasts three flexible rooms ideal for a home gym, media room, arts and crafts room or wine cellar. In addition, there are two large storage rooms and a full bath.

“All homes start with an inspiration, and inspiration starts with our surroundings,” says McGuirk. “Home is family, friends and a sense of place. It is all part of what makes a space a home. This extraordinary property is best experienced in person. Call me today at 781-589-7720 to make this oceanfront retreat your next great move.”

AT A GLANCE:

16 rooms

6 bedrooms

5 full and 3 half baths

8,000 square feet

$3,900,000

LISTED BY:

Shari Sagan McGuirk

Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty

781-589-7720

www.sothebysrealty.com