, Newburyport, MA

May 23, 2014

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

By Lillian Shapiro
Director of Real Estate Advertising

---- — 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.

For those in need of an au pair apartment or room for extended guests, the former servants’ quarters with full bath and separate entrance would easily fit the bill.

Set on a wooded 2.5 acres at the end of a long drive, this property is wrapped in mature greenery, quaint garden paths and handcrafted stone walls.

“The grounds are really lovely and quite private,” says the Realtor. “Additionally, this home is close to downtown and is within an easy distance to both White and Black Beach. It is an exceptional property just waiting for its next loving owner.”

This home, which lists for $1,495,000, is shown by appointment only. For more information or to schedule a private viewing, call Alice Miller at 978-314-0506.