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May 23, 2014

A taste of the Mediterranean in Manchester-by-the-Sea

Should your taste in real estate lean more toward the “extraordinary” than the “ordinary," this striking Mediterranean-style villa in Manchester-by-the-Sea may be just what you’ve been hankering for. Built as a wedding present in the early 1900s, the house boasts a remarkable interior that masterfully blends Moroccan, European and Grecian elements not often seen in this part of the world, according to listing agent Alice Miller of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“This is an extremely unique property that has been compared to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a gorgeous building designed to emulate a 15th-century Venetian palace,” says Miller. “The estate was kept in the Stockton family for over 70 years, and now, it is ready for the personal touches of a new, discriminating buyer.”

Setting the tone for what lies beyond, the grand foyer with travertine and marble flooring is simply awe-inspiring. Featuring a two-story atrium lined with arches and a trellised gallery, the architecture literally brings the “outside in.” Flanked by semi-circular archways, this arresting space looks more like a ballroom than a simple entryway.

Equally commanding is the library/living room complete with rich walnut paneling, walls of custom shelving, a wood-burning fireplace, sunny Palladian windows and original old-growth fir flooring. Formal dinners are sure to be enjoyed in the truly elegant dining room highlighted by ornate moldings and trims, a fireplace, built-in settees and French doors to a bluestone patio. Thoughtfully adjacent is the spacious eat-in kitchen and a sunny morning room overlooking private grounds.

Looking down upon the aforementioned foyer and resembling a gallery of sorts, six bedrooms on the second floor will undoubtedly accommodate guests or the larger family. Each with its own fireplace and hardwood flooring, the master also features a large walk-in closet, separate sitting area, en suite bath and a charming Juliette balcony from which to take in the beautiful views below.

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