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May 24, 2013

Palatial Manchester estate boasts European flair

Like many Manchester buyers, the current owners of this breathtaking 13-room estate originally concentrated their search on ocean frontage or water views. However, once they saw this property they were captivated by the irreplaceable architecture, the stunning gardens and the total tranquility of this incredible piece of real estate.

“They were instantly enchanted by the serenity and the promise of their very own micro climate on 7-plus acres, along with the lower tax rate and proximity to the beach,” says Realtor Lynda Surdam of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “While the original part of this home was very cleverly planned to house the pool on the Dexter Estate, this enclosed pavilion with 14 Palladian windows was restored and expanded in the 1990s to accommodate the beautiful, tech-savvy new home that it is today. This part of the house which overlooks the terrace leading to formal gardens and fountains includes an extraordinary great room with fireplace ideal for entertaining large groups and two additional bedrooms and a bath.”

The main house, designed to complement the Romanesque limestone architecture of the original structure, is simply magnificent. The central foyer with a 30-foot ceiling, Corinthian columns, skylight and sweeping staircase leads the way to a vast library and living and dining rooms adorned by custom woodwork, wood-burning fireplaces with marble mantels, coiffured ceilings and French doors. A recently remodeled kitchen offers generous cabinetry, a double oven and sink, two dishwashers, a large center island and a butler’s pantry.

Ascend the aforementioned staircase to the upper level where the master suite is sure to surpass your wildest dreams. Complete with his and hers water closets, private balconies and a two-sided fireplace, the crowning jewel is the adjoining room featuring a sunken marble bath, ionic columns and four walk-in closets. Sharing this level are three additional bedrooms, two full baths and a tremendous terrace overlooking the grounds.

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