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May 31, 2013

This stately French Provincial offers gracious living, lots of space

This stunning brick French provincial mini-estate is an entertainer’s dream home. With three full wet bars and a game room that could double as a dance hall, this residence was built to party — or at least to entertain extensively in a nice tasteful way.

“It’s not enough to just call it a house,” says listing agent Glenn Thibodeau of Century 21 North Shore, Danvers. “It’s really a mini-estate.

“Even your initial impression of the house when you drive up to it at the secluded, private end of a cul-de-sac will just blow you away,” Thibodeau adds. “The grounds are all professionally landscaped and so perfectly designed and maintained that it reminds you of parts of Central Park or some other posh garden.”

Situated on a little more than an acre, this 11-room home offers the ideal venue for both family life and extensive entertaining, with three fireplaces for intimate evenings at home and three wet bars to host the ultimate New Year’s Eve bash. But why wait until winter to send out those e-vites, when the in-ground gunite pool and patio are ready for your July 4 cookout?

The main floor living space includes the spacious family and dining rooms, the kitchen and fireplaced great room with a breathtaking barreled, triple-arched ceiling as well as a bedroom and one of the four full and one-half baths. The separate au pair/in-law suite completes the first level with its own bedroom, a living room that could be re-purposed into an additional bedroom, two bathrooms and its own kitchen.

The upstairs master suite is a large and welcoming retreat with a lovely circular balcony overlooking the pool and herringbone brick patio area and storage-friendly walk-in closet. “The closet is so big you could iron in it,” jokes Thibodeau. The full master bath features a luxurious marble double vanity, glass shower, and separate Jacuzzi tub. The finished basement offers yet another room for entertaining — this one in the form of the fireplaced game room with its own wet bar. The lower level additionally provides a terrific home office and workshop area for the home hobbyist.

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