For those with an affinity for the classic, this stunning stone mansion sited at the end of a private 3 1/2 acre cul-de-sac with direct water frontage on Beaver Pond will feel like a delightful step back in time. Built by a prominent Boston designer for his family in 1929 and featured in House Beautiful magazine just two years later, this Beverly home still retains all its magnificent 20th-century enhancements from a grand vestibule with sweeping bridal staircase to 12 lavishly appointed rooms. Listed for $1,499,000, this one-of-a-kind offering is presented by Team Crowell of J Barrett & Company.
“Because it was to be his private residence, the architect made sure he included all of the gorgeous features of that time period, such as exquisite moldings, arched doorways, custom built-ins, and multiple fireplaces,” says Laura Crowell. “When you enter the foyer, you can’t help but imagine the beautiful cocktail parties that were held here all those years ago. That is the magic of this house.”
Though the home is intrinsically formal, it features lovely rooms that are stylishly casual. A cozy library complete with a baroque fireplace, walls of built-in bookcases and views of the pond affords the perfect spot for relaxation. Should you need a more structured space for indoor/outdoor entertaining, a splendid “ballroom” has been repurposed as a “music room” sporting 10-foot-high mahogany French doors that lead to a sweeping patio and a literal “oasis” featuring mature plantings, a recently renovated heated Gunite pool with spa, and a tremendous stone fireplace.
Back inside, and reflective of the home’s early roots, is a formal dining room accentuated by period floral wall covering, intricate wainscoting, a wood-burning fireplace and a turn-of-the-century fire hose. Meals will be a delight to prepare in the adjacent eat-in kitchen highlighted by stainless-steel appliances including a double wall oven, an oversized soapstone sink, recessed lighting, and sumptuous pond views. Rounding off this level is a convenient mudroom, an intimate den, a bedroom with bath with in-law or au pair potential, and a charismatic “morning room” (renamed “The Beaver Pond Room”) with a hand-painted mural.
Five impressive bedrooms share the upstairs, including the en suite master with fireplace and “his and hers” changing rooms.
“By keeping the original features, the current owners have maintained all the charm and architectural integrity that is wrapped up in this home,” says Crowell. “And with your very own dock, you can enjoy the serenity of your surroundings while kayaking or canoeing on the pond. This is a very private property yet it is placed in a lovely neighborhood with easy access to restaurants, shopping, major routes and the commuter rail. This is the best of both worlds.”
An open house is planned for Sunday, Aug. 13, from noon to 2 p.m., at 5 Wadsworth Place in Beverly. For additional information on this special offering, call Laura Crowell at 978-578-6570.
AT A GLANCE:
5 full and one-half bath
7,516 square feet
J Barrett & Company