This pristine and private colonial presents the perfect opportunity for the inspired entrepreneur, would-be innkeeper, or the antique-loving homebuyer. Set on nine idyllic acres on Chebacco Lake in Essex, this first period saltbox would serve well as an air b&b or a charming boutique hotel, suggests Engel & Volkers By the Sea Realtor Amanda Armstrong, who lists the stunning property for $1,490,000.

Built in 1684 by David Burnham of the infamous Essex ship building family, the home’s characteristic design features stunning period details such as diamond pane casement windows, a massive central chimney, wide pine floors, beamed ceilings, and tall cedar siding. In the living, dining and family rooms, find other distinctive appointments including original wood burning fireplaces, rich paneling, decorative wainscoting, and custom built-ins. A sprawling sunroom with ceramic tiling and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and doors lends more of a contemporary vibe while the kitchen is also somewhat modern with bright white cabinetry and appliances and vaulted ceilings with multiple skylights. This remarkable 5,674 square foot house also brings five bedrooms and four full baths. However, this home is by no means the end of the story.

“This is a true Gentleman’s farm complete with several properties on site, including a sleeping cabin, a two-bedroom attached cottage, an impeccable four story period barn, and a detached one-room space that would be ideal for a writer or an artist perhaps,” says the Realtor. “The flexibility of this listing is tremendous in terms of the amount of land, the unique outbuildings and the main house itself. It has been lovingly restored and reborn as an elegant country retreat offering numerous options for living, recreation, and even income.”

On a long list of additional highlights, find a three car carport, a full basement, a deck with water facing hot tub, and masterfully built stone walls.

“When you step onto this property, you are instantly transported to a time when this nation was young,” says Armstrong. “You can’t help but fall in love with the surrounding landscape, its gorgeous grounds, its carefully nurtured English gardens, and its lush lawns that sweep down to the lake and forest. This property is utterly enchanting and loaded with potential.”

For more information on this rare opportunity, call Amanda Armstrong at 978-879-6322. To view additional photos, go to .




· 5 bedrooms

· 4 full baths

· 5,674 square feet

· 9.29 acres


· Amanda Armstrong

· Engle & Volkers By the Sea

· 978-879-6322





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