By Linda Greenstein
---- — Standing on the deck of the architecturally designed home gazing at the panoramic vistas of the Cochecco River is like stepping into an exquisite landscape painting.
The peacefulness of the place is magical, calming and breathtaking.
The 5.7-acre of waterfront property is truly stunning, but equally impressive is the custom-design home that offers a European flair conjuring up images of classic homes in the French countryside. Every detail of the home has been painstakingly executed to reflect the ultimate in style, craftsmanship and comfort.
Situated on a cul-de-sac in income-tax-free Dover, the home offers the perfect balance of privacy, convenience and fun. The waterfront home features easy access to the rivr is like being able to step into an exquisite landscape painting.
An expanse of verdant woodlands touched with brilliant blazes of crimson and gold reflect into the still, blue river. er, a deep-water dock and a rear ground-level garage that works well for boat storage.
The home has been custom designed to fit into the landscape and maximize the spectacular location with amazing views from just about every room. The use of natural stone and other materials respects the environment and complements the beauty of the waterfront. A covered veranda and multiple patios and balconies link the home’s interior to the landscape and make for seamless indoor-outdoor living.
The home itself is a marvel of style and craftsmanship with 8-foot solid mahogany interior and exterior doors, world-class mill work throughout and enrichments such as the powder-coated belly railings that line the curved balconies and the four working exterior gas lanterns that add ambiance at night.
Entering the two-story great hall is an awe-inspiring experience, the wood floor gleams, the two-story wood-burning fireplace soars, while the curved staircase wraps around the space to create visual texture with its custom-designed wrought iron railings and hand-carved stair risers. Straight ahead oversized windows frame expansive river views. The space is impressive, open and filled with natural light.
To the left are the remarkable front-to-back kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is sure to please even a gourmet chef, with multiple prep sinks and Thermadore appliances, including a six-burner gas stove with a hand-forged copper-vaulted hood. Practicality is balanced by beauty with custom-crotch mahogany cabinets, leather-granite counters, multiple arched windows framing serene views and a gorgeous natural tile floor that ties the whole design together.
Best of all, there are doors out to the covered veranda, perfect for a gas grille and outdoor cooking, and French doors open out to a stone riverfront balcony large enough to entertain dozens of friends. The veranda is adjacent to a patio, outdoor heated pool and firepit, allowing for great entertaining options. It would be equally amazing to sip coffee and watch the sun rise up over the river or to dine al fresco under the glistening stars on the riverfront balcony or patio.
The main floor includes a lovely living room with a gas fireplace and remarkable river views. An elegant bathroom conveniently located off the main entry and next to the garage entry is noteworthy for its design and extensive use of marble including a custom-made marble sink and vanity, shower and wainscoting.
Up the grand staircase, the bedroom level offers heart-stopping vistas of the river and Juliet balconies. The openness of the staircase and the extensive array of windows and glass doors bathe the space in natural light.
The master bedroom suite is reminiscent of an apartment in a chateau. A glass door opens out to an enchanting covered balcony overlooking the waterfront. The two-story bedroom is simply stunning, a walk-in closet is really a whole dressing room with built-in storage, and the master bath is impressive,with a vaulted ceiling, custom arched windows, back-to-back vanities, enormous jet tub, separate tile shower and every luxury imaginable.
The guest bedroom is lovely, with its own beautiful en-suite bath, and a third room is currently used as an executive office but could be an additional bedroom, offers great river views and access to a riverfront balcony.
This truly special home has so many refined details and amenities, it is impossible to highlight them all. A state-of-the-art, multi-zoned geothermal heating and cooling system is amazingly efficient; the annual heating and cooling cost is approximately $3,500.
Additional highlights include heated garage space for six cars, fenced-in heated pool with outdoor shower, bedroom-level laundry, generator, security system, irrigation system and a ground-level unfinished space with direct walk-out access to the sweeping lawns and riverfront, perfect for a family room, media room or additional guest quarters. The location is private yet only 10 to 12 minutes to the urban pleasure of downtown Portsmouth with its wide range of restaurants, entertainment and arts. Charming downtown Dover is only two miles away and there is easy access to major commuter routes, and the beaches are minutes away.
Marketed by Peggy McEachern of Carey & Giampa Realtors at $1,689,000, this is an immaculate home with such an outstanding level of detail and materials it would be impossible to build at that price. It is extremely rare to find a home with such a beautiful location, high-end style and impressive state-of-the-art systems. To schedule a private showing of this one-of-a-kind executive property, contact McEachern directly at 603-502-5235, at Carey & Giampa, 603-964-7000, or online at www.careyandgiampa.com.
AT A GLANCE Where: Cullen Bay, Dover, N.H. Designed for: Those who appreciate a stunning waterfront home only minutes from downtown Portsmouth Price: $1,689,000 Listing agency: Peggy McEachern, Carey & Giampa Realtors, 603-502-5235, www.careyandgiampa.com.