On The Market: 53-55 Western Avenue, Gloucester

This isn't one of your run-of-the-mill beach houses; it's better.

53-55 Western Avenue, Gloucester

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Beware, folks: this beachfront property is anything but ordinary. A mix of the historical, the architectural, and the out-there, this place is worth a look.

What makes it exceptional are the quirky architectural details that have been added to the home, a clear reflection of the current owner’s interest in design. Almost every room in the building has incredible ceilings, with intricate construction and intriguing patterns. Though some of the beams were part of the original construction, many of the details have been added by the current homeowners, who have also tried to keep some of the influence of the period of the original home.

The architectural intricacies don’t end there, however, as there are secret details throughout the house, including hidden doors. One bedroom even has an entrance through a bookcase.

“The house has been a labor of love,” says Engel & Völkers listing agent Dara Cipollone. “They did it over a number of years.” Originally built in 1741, the home was expanded in the 1800s, and then renovated again in the ’90s.

Though the property is currently being used as The Inn at Babson Court, a bed and breakfast with three en suites and one unit as a long-term apartment, Cipollone says that it could easily be turned into a lovely one-family home, allowing for versatility.

This unquestionably fun property also rests in an inviting neighborhood, and coming in at under a million, it’s a steal. Right in the middle of Stacy Boulevard, all you have to do is walk out the door to be right on the ocean, perfect for a quick run, a relaxing walk, or a good book by the shore. The neighborhood has a welcoming feel thanks to the boulevard lifestyle, making this property even more of a catch.

53-55 Western Avenue, Gloucester
Price: $850,000
Size: 4610 square feet
Year Built:1741
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half
Deck: Yes


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