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On the Market: A Manchester Home with Its Own WWII Watchtower

Dating back to 1943, the bonus 11-story tower has been converted into a yacht-like guesthouse, crowned by a "champagne room" with a walk-around deck and panoramic ocean vistas.


Manchester by the Sea home with watchtower

Photo by Lanse Robb

12 Smith’s Point Road, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Price: $11,400,000
Size: 5,944
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 8

Home design experts who are also military history buffs—your day has come. This unbelievable estate clocks in at $11.4 million, but has the space to match. The beachside single-family could actually house several families, not to mention keep them entertained.

The exquisitely landscaped grounds comprise a tennis court, koi pond, fireplaced gazebo, terraced patio, infinity pool surrounded by a mahogany deck, outdoor kitchen and bar, and two-car garage. Oh, and there’s also a separate movie theater with its own bathroom, converted from an old garage.

Head spinning from that slew of amenities? That’s all to say nothing of the house itself, which is filled with pale hardwood and bright white walls. The cruise ship-like interior boasts dazzling elements such as floor-to-ceiling windows, columns, a gym, and a stunning breezeway that leads to a cathedral-ceilinged office space with a fireplace and ocean views. Which, by the way, you can also use to store a car, if the ample garage and driveway parking isn’t sufficient.

But let’s address the watchtower in the room. The 111-foot tower neighbor comes with the main house. Though the beacon, which dates back to 1943, was once used to eye German U-boats from a distance, these days it serves as an 11-story guesthouse. And whatever you’re picturing, it is infinitely cooler. Each level offers a new circle of living space, creating a total of 2,000 extra square feet, in addition to the main home’s nearly 6,000.

The architect channeled the luxe and nautical feeling of a yacht in the extensive redesign, so white, blue, and rich wood play starring roles in the tower’s interior. In total, the guest house includes two full bathrooms and two half baths, plus two extra bedrooms—one with a cute pair of bunk beds that feels just like a cruise ship cabin.

There are also several sitting and lounging levels, as well as a bar, an observation floor “with 360 degree walk-around deck,” and a “champagne room with a deck” on the penthouse level. Grab some bubbly and take in those views.

For information, contact Lanse Robb, LandVest, Inc., landvest.com

Photo by Greg Premru

Photo by Greg Premru

Photo by Greg Premru

Photo by Greg Premru

Photo by Greg Premru

Photo by Greg Premru

Photo by Greg Premru

Photo by Greg Premru

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Photo by Lanse Robb

And now for a glimpse into the epic watchtower:

Fifth floor bedroom with bunks/Photo by Greg Premru

Sixth floor full bathroom/Photo by Greg Premru

Eighth floor bar/Photo by Greg Premru

Tenth floor sitting room/Photo by Greg Premru

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