On the Market: A Well-Crafted Beauty by the Sea in Rockport
Enjoy the salt air and cool ocean breeze from this stunning turn-of-the-century home.
20 Phillips Avenue, Rockport
Size: 5,321 square feet
Rockport is often hailed as the best of New England beachside living. Not only does the area’s long history of artists in residence offer ample sightseeing to art lovers, you also get to enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean whenever your heart desires. This Rockport home in the “Avenues” section of town embodies all there is to love about the town. This home is so close to the water that you can taste it—literally. Cool salty ocean breezes are your wakeup call here as you enjoy coffee in the four-season sunroom. The gentle crashing of waves will become your lullaby. And the proximity to the ocean is only one of the things the current owner says is so special about the house.
Built in 1899 and once used as an inn, this home also has a rich history reflected in its architecture, from the Mercer tiles in the sunroom dating back to the Arts and Crafts movement to the remainders of a Prohibition-era speakeasy in the basement. Throughout the home, oak and granite work and inlaid mahogany hardwood elevate the house from well-designed to a work of art.
Modern amenities include a chef’s kitchen, a grand foyer, and a pool house/studio/office out back with a deck and full kitchen. While the interior is stunning on its own, the current owner says it’s the landscaped backyard where this property really shines. The private corner lot offers plenty of privacy, while a saltwater pool, pergola, outdoor fireplace, and sheltering oak tree make the yard the place to go for summer parties. And if you want to take the party elsewhere, there’s easy access to the ocean and nearby Halibut State Park, just in case you needed another reminder as to why this is such a special place to live.
For more information, contact Sally Cote, Keller Williams Realty, kw.com.
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