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March 28, 2014

Salem beauty is more than meets the eye

It’s hard to imagine this fabulous residence as anything other than what it is today — a stunning house with a gracious floor plan and space galore. However, delve into its past and you will find some pretty astonishing roots, for this Salem home was formerly a machine shop from which the current owners ran their business.

Once they decided to restore it to its original single-family status, the ambitious couple got to work overseeing its transformation to what is now, a beautifully modern home with all the “bells and whistles.” With every contemporary amenity imaginable and absolutely no more improvements left to be made, this striking property is now being offered for sale.

“Nothing but the very best was put into the restoration of this house,” says Realtor Betsy Merry of Merry Fox Realty. “It was completely gutted and lovingly rebuilt to the highest standards using only top-notch materials.”

Thanks to the removal of walls and a total reconfiguration of the initial layout, the main level is thoughtfully fluid. Wide open and clearly designed with entertaining in mind, the gourmet kitchen is attractive and purposeful, complete with double wall ovens, six-burner stove, Corian counters, a generous breakfast bar and a wood-burning fireplace. Conveniently adjacent, both the living and dining rooms feature hardwood floors, recessed lighting and French doors to a cobblestone patio flanked by a private fenced yard offering views of Collins Cove.

Back inside, a billiard room affords recreation, while an in-home office provides a quiet respite for work or relaxation. Should you be looking for a home with flexible space, this house has it covered. Newly added, the 950-plus square-foot great room with separate entrance and zoned heating and air conditioning would serve well, believes Merry, as a media room, exercise room, au pair or guest quarter.

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