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Built for Captain John Cross (mariner) in 1804, this stately classic is a breathtakingly gorgeous blend of Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities with the unique ability to adapt easily to 21st Century lifestyles. This residence has a few extra perks, too.

 

ADDRESS: 8 Washington Square, Marblehead

BEDROOMS: 5

BATHROOMS: 3 full

LIVING SPACE: 4,399 sq. ft.

PRICE: $1,650,000

 

Built for Captain John Cross (mariner) in 1804, this stately classic is a breathtakingly gorgeous blend of Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities with the unique ability to adapt easily to 21st Century lifestyles. This residence has a few extra perks, too.

One is that iconic Abbott Hall is a constant backdrop. Another is that this home has nine fireplaces, a scuttle and offers the option of a luxurious first-floor (no stairs) in-law unit or rental. Oh, a private porch is also part of the package!

We’ll come back to all this in a moment, but first let’s go see “the” house.

 

Main home

A gracious staircase with raised paneled wainscoting in the spacious common entry in this classic center entrance Federal beauty is one clue that this residence is special. Multi-width pine floor boards in exceptional condition — they gleam regardless of the time of day — are another but absolute proof is the extraordinarily large rooms with ceilings that are close to 10 feet high.

The living room, for example, is grand in scale with elegant details like a double chair rail, crown molding, marvelous six-over-six windows (these are throughout the house) and an extra-wide fireplace with a brick surround and an understated mantel. An adjacent large closet (with a window) has wraparound shelving.

As for the dining room — well that falls into the stunning category for several reasons. One is size. This space is massive and easily accommodates 10 diners, but as its proportions are excellent, the room feels comfortable and inviting. The fireplace, which most likely was the original 19th Century cooking stove, has a beehive oven and is huge. A closet with wraparound shelving is great for storage. In a nod to contemporary lifestyles, an oversized passthrough/server goes into the gigantic eat-in kitchen.

21st Century functionality, however, thrives in this U-shaped cookery with a beverage cooler and an abundance of cabinetry that includes closed- and glass-front doors. Still in this masterful design, modern stainless-steel Viking appliances like the four-burner gas range and refrigerator juxtaposed to traditional soapstone countertops, four wonderful windows and those gorgeous pine floor boards create a timeless ambiance.

 

So much more …

Not surprisingly, every bedroom on the next floor is big with great natural light from those large windows and has character to spare, i.e., the flooring and a fireplace or two. One chamber, however, is simply unforgettable.

In this room, a fully exposed queen post literally (and deservedly so) takes center stage. This architectural feature is a type of roof truss that has two vertical posts that rise up from a tie beam at the bottom to support the rafters with the posts connected by a horizontal support. Original hand-hewn beams make this a magnificent focal point.

An exposed brick fireplace with a driftwood mantel from Lake Superior and reclaimed wood flooring are other eye-catchers in this king-bed size suite. By the way, the view includes the lighthouse and Children’s Island. Believe it or not, it gets better.

The en suite bathroom — nicknamed the loo with a view as it enjoys the same vista — even has a skylight. Tucked within a glass enclosure, the step-in shower uses wide subway tile as the surround.

Not to worry, another bedroom on this level feels just as large and also handles a king-size bed. The adjacent bathroom has a glass enclosed, step-in shower with a rain shower head and a hand spray.

Oh, a bonus room (family room, guest space, etc.) on this floor has access to a private deck with 180-degree views that include the harbor. Labor Day races take place in front of you and the Frostbite races to your right. Nice!

 

A ‘few’ extras ….

The scuttle, a delightful leftover from previous eras, is at the top of regulation size staircase. You may have to scooch down a bit but once the skylight is open, charming Marblehead rooftop views are straight ahead.

The bonus — one of many — is natural air conditioning. Open the skylight and windows (four of them) in the second bedroom and fresh air comes rushing in. Definitely cross-ventilation at its very best.

 

The in-law apartment…

Two large, beautifully scaled main “living” spaces (former parlors) have so, so many exquisite period details (and that’s in addition to fireplaces). The current living room, for example, has triple crown molding and inset shutters on four windows, several of which have original panes with “wavy” glass. Paneled wainscoting is a plus.

The ceilings on this level are over 10-feet high.

A “cooking” fireplace in the huge dining room has a beehive oven but the real treat is direct access to a private porch and an enchanting Beacon Hill style, brick paver courtyard. Nary a blade of grass to mow in this outdoor oasis with colorful plants, bushes and flowers.

Maine slate countertops and the matching farmer’s sink are statement makers in this surprisingly spacious kitchen. Four windows ensure this room is always filled with natural light. In keeping with the fact that no detail was overlooked, laundry facilities are just off the kitchen.

Did I mention the one-car garage and off-street parking for two cars?

 

Contact Lori Cressy of J Barrett & Company at 617-922-3354 or by email: [email protected]

 

 

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