On the Market: An Essex Estate with a Cranberry Bog
The grounds of this 17th century residence include elegant English gardens, a separate office and cottage, and a path to the nearby lakeside.
57 Pond St., Essex
Size: 5,674 square feet
The diamond-paned casement windows are this home’s first sign of its antique appeal, but they’re certainly not the last. Wide-planked pine flooring, oak woodwork, maple paneling, and nine fireplaces dating back to 1684 help the living areas feel warm and inviting. There are smaller charming details, too: electric lanterns suspended from ceiling beams throughout the home; a cathedral ceilinged kitchen with a golden weather vane affixed to one of the joists; and a huge sunroom with picture windows and red ceramic tiling.
As you sit in the sunroom, looking out at nine sprawling acres of land, you may start to realize: As glorious as the five-bedroom residence is, it’s almost eclipsed by the grounds around it. About two acres have been lovingly tended into English gardens—lovely enough to mistake the locale for the Essex across the pond—showcasing stone-paved pathways and a sunken rose bed.
Also occupying the estate are two smaller buildings. The first is a small shingled edifice, which was moved from its original location near the entrance of Pond Street, where it served as a guardhouse during the property’s past life as a 300-acre farm. Now, the interior is dressed up with built-in shelves and soothing blue walls, making for an excellent office space or painter’s studio. The second structure is made up of a 17th century chapel and an old boathouse, which were long ago moved and combined to create the cottage that stands today. Outfitted with more built-ins and a gorgeous wooden accent wall, the space is a cozy place to pass the time on a brisk autumn day.
And beyond those two acres, the remaining seven give way to natural wetlands, a cranberry bog, and a walkway to the shore of Lake Chebacco.
For information, contact Amanda Armstrong, Engel & Völkers By the Sea, amandaarmstrong.evrealestate.com
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