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June 27, 2014

Sun-lit stunner affords incomparable sweeping views

Pleasing “all of the people, all of the time” may seem a monumental task, but this breathtaking shingle-style Colonial in Manchester-by-the-Sea might possibly come close to doing just that. For when it comes to real estate, whether you gravitate toward the historic or you prefer the more current, you will definitely find a lot to love about this property. Though built just a mere seven years ago with every contemporary amenity imaginable, the grounds on which it sits were once part of the well-known Walker Estate. Affectionately known at the turn of the century as “Highwood,” this lush property was built on one of the most elevated points in town, affording sweeping views of the coastline and beyond.

Newly listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $2,950,000, Realtor Chris Brown believes this to be a perfect mix of old and new.

“This property has an interesting background. According to town records, a number of land purchases were made by William Walker of Chicago back in 1895, for what would be one of the grandest estates in all of Manchester. It is said that honorable guests here included, amongst others, the son of President Lincoln,” says Brown. “Following Mr. Walker’s death and, subsequently, that of his son, the estate was divided up into a housing development, and the house was razed. The original structure may be gone, but the history definitely remains.”

Anchored by granite walls and fronted by a long, winding drive and portico, this house makes a stunning first impression. Once inside, it does not disappoint. A thoughtful open floor plan spans a generous 6,100 square feet of living space composed of both proper and leisurely rooms. Highlights in the formal living and dining rooms include crown moldings, gleaming hardwood floors, coffered ceilings and French doors, while an in-home office/study is more private and relaxed.

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