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September 6, 2013

Private setting enhances stunning country home in Hamilton

Situated on nearly 4 acres of sweeping grounds, this private estate-like residence offers the best of graceful living in prestigious South Hamilton. The gabled roof, sash windows and symmetrical façade respect the Colonial revival aesthetic around which this special home was planned. Indeed, approaching from the long, paved path to the residence, it’s easy to forget that this is not the work of a late 19th-century architect, but a modern place with every sort of contemporary convenience one expects in a fine home.

“At once prominent yet secluded, off-limits to passers-by, the property does not fall into any easy category,” observes listing agent Amanda Armstrong of By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty of Beverly Farms. “The home has been thoughtfully renovated and enhanced by a multitude of features rivaling most country clubs, including tennis and basketball courts, patios, walkways, gardens, grounds, pool house, and commercial-grade utilities and systems.

“The physical plant and grounds have been meticulously maintained and landscaped by a small team instead of a commercial service to enable active year-round enjoyment by the owners and their family, guests and clients,” adds Armstrong. “It is one of only a handful of properties for sale now in any North Shore community that offers a family compound within an estate-like setting, and in impeccable condition. Compared to all other homes for sale in this category at this time, it offers considerable value for a buyer seeking the opportunity to enjoy a dynamic, efficient 21st-century residence complete with extensive grounds and unrivaled privacy on nearly 4 landscaped acres.”

The main-level living space opens to the awe-inspiring foyer with its stunning columns, arched, handcrafted staircase and magnificent custom mural. This work of art doubling as a home entrance guides you to the large living room, the equally generous family room, the dining room with its stunning views of the grounds, and the home office that just might make you want to start a business from home. Fireplaces enhance the living and family rooms. The chef’s kitchen boasts the best of stainless appliances, granite countertops and enough custom cabinet space to buy out Sur La Table. Flooring throughout the main living space level is gleaming hardwood. The open-concept design provides ideal spaces for home entertaining, from small family suppers to an old-fashioned New England holiday open house. Two baths complete this level.

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