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September 20, 2013

Classic Salem Colonial offers location, location, location

Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, along comes a property that combines the excitement of cosmopolitan living with the solitude and serenity of a waterfront location. Offering the best of both worlds, this North Salem Colonial cottage, circa 1920, eliminates the burden of choice.

Sited on a corner lot on a peninsula along the scenic North River, this Kernwood neighborhood home offers lovely views of the city, a well-maintained exterior and loads of potential.

“This is a very neat house with a nice flow,” says Realtor Pat Brotchie of Tache Real Estate. “Though it lists as a two-bedroom, its wide open design would allow for any number of possibilities. For example, the den on the main level could easily be made into a third bedroom. There is also plenty of room should someone choose to expand off the back of the house.”

On the first floor, the living room, dining room and eating area with wood-like laminate flooring blend together to create a fluidity ideal for entertaining or simple day-to-day living. Recently renovated, the kitchen is well-equipped with stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, a gas cooktop on the center island and eye-catching blue cabinetry. The sitting room is warmed by a gas fireplace. For a seasonal respite or al fresco dining, perhaps, a generous wraparound deck is accessed by French doors. Rounding off this level is a half-bath and laundry closet.

Upstairs, find the master bedroom complete with cathedral ceiling, three deep closets and a private deck overlooking the water below. Sharing this space is a second bedroom with skylight and a full bath with Jacuzzi and separate tile shower.

Additional features include forced hot-air gas heat, central air-conditioning, new wiring and a walk-out basement for storage. A meticulously manicured yard is surrounded by mature trees and shrubbery to afford the utmost of privacy.

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