NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 29, 2013

Rare opportunity for new construction in Marblehead

BY LILLIAN SHAPIRO
DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE ADVERTISING

---- — If you have been shopping for new construction in Marblehead, you’ve undoubtedly found your quest to be a challenging one. Although it is rare in this desirable seacoast town, Dick McKinley of Harborside Realty is currently marketing not one, but three such offerings ... just in time for your holiday wish list. With one home well underway and the remaining two ready to get started, the buyer who acts quickly could be nestled in shortly after the New Year.

Spanning more than 3,300 square feet, the first home to be completed will boast five bedrooms, two full and two half-baths, and a combination of formal and leisurely rooms. While decorative touches such as hardwood flooring and crown moldings are already in the plans, there is time to be involved in the customization.

“This home could presumably be finished in as little as two months, but there is still a window of opportunity in which to choose colors, finishes and even the kitchen package. When dealing with new construction, those who act earlier rather than later can come in and move things around to suit their individual tastes,” says the Realtor.

The main level is to feature what McKinley describes as an “aspirational” kitchen with high-end stainless-steel appliances, gleaming granite and a separate dining area. Thoughtfully adjacent is a sprawling family room with fireplace, custom built-ins and sliders to a covered deck. Ideal for entertaining, the living and dining rooms with detailed trims are elegant, yet inviting.

Upstairs, find spacious bedrooms including a master suite featuring a large sitting area/office, a walk-in and two additional closets and an en suite bath with double vanities, soaking tub and separate walk-in “rain” shower. The remaining bedrooms share both a full and a half bath. Bearing in mind that homebuyers have varied needs, the Realtor points out that the fifth bedroom might alternately serve well as a second family room.

Rounding off this fabulous home is an oversized two-car garage, a generous attic for storage and a basement that can be finished upon request. Aside from the obvious aesthetics that make this home so appealing, it is important to note that only the most current and energy-efficient techniques have been used in the building of all three of these homes.

“Mike (Kehn) uses only the latest and most effectual supplies in his construction, such as Hardie Board siding, AZAC trims, closed-cell insulation, composite decking and so much more. The key here is ‘low maintenance,’” says McKinley.

Listed for $989,000, this home is sited on a generous 28,000-plus square foot lot set well off the road. Just next door, the foundation is slated to be poured shortly for a five-plus bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home of similar style. Soon after, ground will be broken just down the road for the third home, which will be slightly smaller and moderately priced, with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

“We have some really good options for folks looking to live in Marblehead,” says McKinley. “These houses are all about style, location and actually being part of the process. It’s a great time for new construction here.”

For more information on any of these homes, call Realtor Dick McKinley at 617-763-0415.

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