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November 23, 2013

Grand home offers an amazing waterfront location

Open house today, noon to 2 p.m. at 471 Main St., Amesbury

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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.

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