, Newburyport, MA

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.

Upstairs boasts a spa-like master suite. The vaulted ceilings, skylights and open-concept design of the master suite create a space that is full of light and remarkably serene.

“The master suite is the perfect place to come to relax after a busy day,” adds Oulton. The upstairs deck offers panoramic views of Pigeon Cove and beyond.

Pigeon Cove — one of the few remaining working harbors in the area — is historically one of the most revered areas of Rockport. “You have not seen Rockport until you have seen Pigeon Cove,” wrote author Arthur Morley in his 1924 homage to the community, “Rockport: A Town of the Sea.”

The home is situated on the inlet to the harbor, and the grounds are partially landscaped to provide the ideal play or outdoor entertaining space, while the gentle slope toward the sea could be expanded to provide an additional finished yard if desired. There is a full walk-out basement and parking for three vehicles. The wonderful shops, galleries and restaurants of downtown Rockport are just a 1-mile scenic walk or bike ride away.

This property is offered at $879,000. You can visit the property during an open house scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact listing agent Julie Oulton, Beaton Real Estate, at 978-491-0623 or