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March 14, 2014

Beachside auction presents golden opportunity

After weeks of frigid temperatures, you’d be hard pressed to find two words more engaging than “beach vacation.” Imagine the fresh scent of ocean air, the twinkling of soft sand and the alluring sound of the surf — all just steps from your front door. Dream no longer, for this versatile property with breathtaking backdrop could soon be yours for the taking.

To be sold at auction to the highest qualified bidder, this three-bedroom, two-bath home may be just what the doctor ordered to cure those winter doldrums. Though currently used as a seasonal getaway, Realtor Jeanne Lovely of Tache Auctions and Sales is quick to point out that this deceptively spacious house on tranquil Plaice Cove in Hampton, N.H., could easily accommodate year-round living.

“This home is in absolute ‘move-in’ condition, and the location cannot be beat,” says Lovely. “The house is sited on a corner lot surrounded by like homes in a nice, family-oriented neighborhood that is just five minutes to the beach, three minutes to the cove and 10 minutes to downtown. It would be a great fit for anyone looking for a summer retreat or a year-round home.”

Thoughtfully updated to accommodate today’s modern lifestyle, this home boasts a rustic, relaxed character incorporating wood flooring, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, bead-board wainscoting and a soft color palette throughout.

Designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind, multiple French doors on the main level lead to a large wraparound deck, perfect for seasonal dining or simply soaking up the sun. Should you opt not to brave the elements, a four-season room is a nice compromise. Back inside, an enormous two-story stone fireplace is the focal point of a spacious living room and dining room combination with whitewashed barn-board paneling and gleaming teak floors. Steps away, find a newly renovated eat-in kitchen complete with new appliances and ample work space.

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