Those who were raised on Cape Ann know it as The Old Corner Inn. Those who read about it today may see it as a wonderful investment or perhaps an unrealized vocation of a lifetime. For sale for the first time in more than 40 years, this iconic piece of real estate is yours for the taking for $1,999,906.43.

Built around an earlier 18th century home, this enlarged house served as the Dutch Summer Embassy during the Gilded Age in Manchester, according to Realtor Julie Smith of Engel & Völkers By The Sea. Having once served as a boarding house, it reopened after World War II as the inn it is today. As times changed she recounts, this charming guest house became very popular amongst visitors drawn to the seaside town for its peace and quiet, scenic harbors, and sandy beaches.

“This is a true Bed & Breakfast complete with adorable rooms, a welcoming wrap-around front porch and an ideal location within minutes to Tuck’s Point and the Manchester Yacht Club,” says Realtor Julie Smith of Engel & Völkers By The Sea. “Around the turn of the century, the North Shore was called Boston’s ‘Gold Coast’ because it was a summer playground for Boston’s high society. This was and still is, the only inn in Manchester.”

Featuring nine rentable rooms (seven of which have private baths), a cozy parlor, a large dining room, a working kitchen, an office, and lower level manager’s quarters, the property also boasts a detached two bedroom carriage house with a full bath, kitchen, living room with pellet stove, garden, garage and separate parking. The previous owner, who was the proprietor for 44 years, had always operated the inn as a hobby and enjoyed the tax advantages it provided. Recently has there been an effort to establish an online booking presence. Results have been very positive and are expected to continually increase as the inn’s online exposure grows.

While repairs and updates were initiated when necessary, the house retains many charming period details such as original hardwood floors and fireplaces, built-in window seats, and even a ball and claw foot soaking tub in one of the guest suites.

“For years people have been renting rooms at The Old Corner Inn, its super convenient for families visiting their children at Landmark School and Gordon College but also for wedding guests and family celebrations” says Smith. “Sited right on Route 127, it’s an easy stroll to the center of town and the train station, making it the perfect spot for Salem tourists who want to avoid the inevitable craziness in the fall. It is very impressive to have something like this in Manchester.”

For more information on this very exciting opportunity, call Julie Smith at 978-337-9644.

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