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Homes of the Week

October 4, 2013

Enjoy panoramic views year-round in this Rockport jewel

With stunning views of the Pigeon Cove Harbor and the vast Atlantic beyond, this charming Rockport home evokes images of Gull Cottage and the lovely Mrs. Muir carefully recording the colorful tales of her ghostly sea captain in the classic 1947 film “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.” However, unlike Gull Cottage, happily, there’s no Monkey Puzzle tree here that needs cutting down to enjoy the full splendor of watching the boats in the harbor or the infinite horizon while sipping your morning coffee.

Constructed as a sturdy barn in 1855, the 1,560-square-foot home’s conversion from a place for the chickens to a place for people was accomplished with only the highest-quality materials and the efforts of master craftsman. The fully insulated walls have been hand-plastered, the original brick fireplace lovingly restored, and gleaming maple hardwood floors have replaced the more rustic barn flooring.

While the home is currently in use as a single-family residence with two bedrooms and 11/2 baths, the structure’s zoning actually allows for it to be converted into a two-family.

“The way that the home is designed, it would be very easy to recreate it as a two-family,” says listing agent Julie Oulton of Beaton Real Estate of Rockport. “The intelligence of the design is in its flexibility to suit whatever your housing needs are.”

The main level of the home features the lovely fireplaced living room that is perfect for a cozy evening by the fire listening to the sounds of waves and wind whipped up by a New England winter. The room is an ideal setting for gatherings large or small and offers sliding doors opening to the glorious oceanside deck. The galley kitchen is equipped with top-line appliances and smart spaces for work and storage. A bedroom that could easily be repurposed as a home office or study and a powder room with bead-board details completes this level.

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