For Sale/Rent

On the Market: A Glorious Gloucester Compound on the Oceanfront

Walk across the radiant heated floors and plunge into the heated pool all year long.


Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

9 Drumhack Road, Gloucester
Price: $9,000,000
Size: 10,400 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 6

Depending on your perspective, a compound comprising two-and-a-half acres, five structures, 10,400 square feet of indoor space, and 14 rooms in the main residence alone can either sound like a dream come true or a massive chore. Luckily, this Gloucester property takes care of all the mundanities so that its owners can fully relish the privilege of living on such a glorious estate.

Let’s talk about the grounds: The Arts and Crafts-style home is stationed between lush woodlands and a rocky shoreline, with perennial gardens and pristine grass stretching out around it. How does it stay so green? A 24-zone irrigation system automatically waters the 1.5 acres of lawn. Outside the home, a curving heated pool looks almost like a natural pond. In keeping with its organic look, it contains no chlorine—instead, a computer controls the pools pH and water levels and antibacterial treatment. “Since the heated pool can be entered from the inside of the building with its radiant heated floor, it can be used year-round,” explains listing agent Keith Shirley—even “below freezing and in a snowstorm.”

Bordering the swimming hole is a pool house, which sports a full wet bar, built-in grill, indoor-outdoor fireplace, a dining and separate lounge area, and an eight-person whirlpool spa. Before taking a dip, you can suit up in the dressing room, and before toweling off, you can rinse off in the multi-head shower and steam room. For those quarantining in Massachusetts this winter, the best news of all may be that the entire pavilion closes off with electric glass sliding doors at the push of a button.

Inside the granite and cedar-shingled primary home, the circumstances are not any less opulent. Softly burnished oak and pine woodwork appoint the library, where a wide bank of windows lets you get lost in the ocean and a great book at the same time. A plush, carpeted living room; a spacious, paneled study (which can double as a guest bedroom); and a grand drawing room furnished with a fireplace, balcony, and porthole-like windows distinguish the home. Though it contains three bedrooms, any guests seeking extra privacy can settle into the separate guest cottage. Covered in ivy, the storybook-style building offers a kitchenette, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and, says Shirley, “some of the most spectacular views on the property.”

For information, contact the Post Shirley Team, Engel & Völkers Boston, killybrackenestate.com.

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

Photo via Engel & Völkers Boston

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