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On the Market: A Beach-Meets-Traditional Hingham Colonial with a Backyard Sanctuary

Wander the mature elms, while a beachy palette with bead board ceiling awaits inside.


Image via Alex Lore Photography

7 Fort Hill St., Hingham
Price: $1,250,000
Size: 3,676 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2 full, 2 half

Can’t decide between a historic home and a breezy beach house? The John Marsh Jr. house combines the best aspects of both, just a skip from both downtown Hingham and the hiking trails and open acres of Bare Cove Park.

Built in 1790, the current owners are only the fifth family to inhabit the historic home, which boasts thoughtfully preserved detailing. The curb appeal cues in on its history, from those stately columns to the widow’s peak and the mature plantings that dot the 1.17-acre property. Inside, the original fir bead board ceiling, painted white for a unified feel, harkens back to the home’s history. Two fireplaces with ornate, carved mantles—outfitted with modern gas inserts—beckon for fireside chats in the formal living room and main room, while two more closed-off fireplaces add charm to bedrooms.

But a modern design brings the home from the history books to the beachside. The mudroom exudes a nautical vibe with shiplap walls painted the white of seafoam. The kitchen, too, infuses a traditional space with bits of a modern beach house. The shiplap walls find balance with the quartzite countertops, subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel sink and appliances, including the Moen touchless faucet. The antique free-standing island with its wood top is particularly inviting for family breakfasts, with the butler’s pantry and four-season porch just within reach. The copious windows and the palette of white, sandy neutrals and beachy blues infuse the over-sized rooms with a sense of lightness.

Elsewhere, two half baths offer quick freshening-up for guests, while two full baths await for pampering. The generous main suite features a deep walk-in closet, sitting area, and a remodeled adjoining bathroom that’s a fusion of shiplap walls, wood, stone, and tile. And in a time of remote working, the two-room home office with a half bath and separate entrance carves out a productive business bubble from the rest of the hubbub of the home.

Outside, the orientation of the house crafts a private oasis for the patio that’s fringed by planting gardens. Here, you can sip ice tea in the warmer months while the breeze plays over the mature elms and oaks, or take a ride on the tree swing for a bit of childlike joy.

For information, contact Jeff Alexander, Compass, compass.com.

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

Image via Alex Lore Photography

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