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October 18, 2013

Sweeping oceanfront retreat on Beverly Farms' West Beach

As they say in real estate, “location is everything”; it’s a sentiment not lost on this spectacular Beverly Farms oceanfront estate. Set high above West Beach on nearly 2 acres, this elegant arts and crafts stucco mansion boasts all-encompassing views of the coastline from Manchester to Marblehead. Be it the breathtaking grounds or the spectacular interior, this is a rare offering according to listing agent Peter Dorsey of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“This is the ‘Grande Dame’ of the North Shore. Built in 1891, it is said to be earliest stucco oceanfront arts and crafts house,” says the Realtor. “Set in a gated enclave, this property would be ideal for the extended family or frequent traveler because it has so many parts to it. A buyer could live in the six-bedroom mansion, house extended family in the detached five-bedroom guest quarter and even accommodate a live-in caretaker in the two-bedroom apartment above the garage. There really is no other oceanfront property on the market right now that can offer so many possibilities.”

Also unseen in today’s more contemporary homes, find striking architectural touches such as original turned oak balusters; marble fireplaces, imported French, Italian and Egyptian antique doors and repurposed imported paneling. Thoughtfully added in the 1930s, there is even a ballroom wing adorned by classical “egg and dart” moldings and fluted Doric columns. “Throughout this house you will also see design elements that draw strongly from the Middle Eastern to the European, features you would never expect to see in this part of the world,” says Dorsey. “It is what I would call ‘an artistic house’ with a whimsical feel.”

Other spaces ideal for entertaining include the grand living room, the formal dining room with custom built-ins and a generous family room complete with tile flooring. For more intimate gatherings or perhaps simple solitude, find a library warmed by one of this home’s five fireplaces.

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