By Linda Greenstein
---- — Poised on the banks of the Merrimack River the historic Sea Captain’s house offers the unique combination of stunning location, exceptional period details, an amazing waterfront yard and the all the amenities that work well for a contemporary lifestyle. Located in the charming Point Shore neighborhood of Amesbury, this grand house sits high above the majestic Merrimack River overlooking Maudsley State Park. There are magnificent water views from almost every room and an enormous waterfront deck.
Entering the front foyer a visitor is immediately impressed by the stateliness of the home with high ceilings, loads of windows and wide openings that create a fluid and welcoming floor plan. The foyer is elegant with a staircase featuring a delicately carved handrail and risers with a finely crafted detail that evokes the image of waves.
To the left is the elegant formal living room with a large fireplace, one of eight fireplaces found throughout the home. The foyer then easily flows to the dining room with another amazing fireplace on one side and a bay window framing serene water views on the other.
Linking the dining room to the kitchen is a sunny room with storage that could be a butler’s pantry or used as a home office.
The kitchen space has a great wow factor, as it is wide open to a gorgeous waterfront family room and connected to the spacious riverfront deck by a glass door. The striking space offers the illusion of floating above the river and provides for seamless indoor/outdoor living or entertaining. The openness of the rooms is perfectly balanced by a two-sided fireplace that adds warmth and texture. The hardwood cherry floor provides a warm hue and senses of refinement.
The kitchen itself has extensive cabinetry and workspace including a center island that affords the cook with breathtaking views of the river and verdant state park.
The main living level has many conveniences including a half-bath and mudroom with great storage that connects to the two-car garage. This makes it easy to bring in groceries and to leave boots and shoes behind. A covered porch leads to a second less formal entry with another convenient staircase that also leads up the bedroom level.
The lower level is a real bonus with an oversized family room featuring wide-pine floors, original period paneling, full-sized windows and a glass door out to the backyard with a private patio and a rolling lawn that leads to a stonewall along the riverfront. As if that was not enough, the lower level has a kitchen, built-in bar for entertaining, a full bath and even banquet seating with water views. This is remarkable space that works well as a casual family-living area or could easily be used an in-law or long-term guest quarters with its separate entrance.
The upper level is delightful with three sunny bedrooms and two full baths.
The spacious master bedroom is wonderful with just the right amount of period details to give it character. An elegantly crafted antique mantelpiece and a chimney cupboard frame the large fireplace. Carpeted for cozy comfort the room offers direct access to a full bath.
A second bedroom overlooking the river is spectacular with windows that frame panoramic vistas of the sparkling river, historic boat yard and bathe the room in warm sunlight on a chilly autumn afternoon. It would be delightful to watch golden sunsets over the river from this lovely room.
There is a large third bedroom in the newer part of the home located over the garage. This area also includes a convenient laundry. An additional small room is currently used as a home office, but it could be a nursery or even a dressing room.
The second bath is truly spectacular. It has a graceful fireplace on one side and an inviting whirlpool tub, looking out over the river, on the other. It would be pure pleasure to relax in the tub in such a sophisticated room while watching the river flow by. The well-planned bath also offers a private water closet behind a hand-planed antique door and a separate freestanding shower.
One family has lovingly maintained the home for generations and it features many updated systems including central vacuum.
At just over a third of an acre, the picturesque riverfront lot is large enough for entertaining, privacy and play structures. There are astounding natural sea-stone walls, flagstone walkways, mature trees, lush evergreens and colorful perennials that only add to natural beauty of the location.
There is even space for a deep-water boat dock with ocean access.
Along with the two-car garage there is additional off-street parking for seven cars and a ground level heated storage room.
Other amenities include public water and sewer, along with natural gas heating and cooking.
The desirable Point Shore neighborhood provides easy access to major commuter routes and is located between downtown Amesbury with a vibrant shopping district and downtown Newburyport renowned for its waterfront, restaurants, boutique shopping and cultural venues.
Listed at $1,029,000, this spacious waterfront property is a rare find. To fully appreciate the location, period details and great flexibility of the home, it must be seen in person. There will be an open house today, Sunday, Nov. 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at 471 Main St., Amesbury. For a private showing contact Brian Mulcahy directly at 978-360-9165 or at email@example.com.
AT A GLANCE
Where: 471 Main St., Amesbury, MA
Designed for: anyone that desires a spacious waterfront home with space for a deep-water boat dock
Listed by: RE/MAX Insight, 603-952-4655