Listed: For $865,000, a contemporary farmhouse on the North Shore

Buying Fall House Hunt
The 2,000-square-foot Gloucester home offers three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Julie Gaunt

For modern farmhouse living minutes from the ocean, this new-construction abode on the market in Gloucester offers equal parts privacy and charm.

The home at 36 Bennett St. is set on 2.11 acres in Annisquam, a close-knit village along the waterfront, and was completed by local architect Henry Louis Miller this year. Miller sought to fuse the feel of a New England farmhouse with an urban loft, resulting in a contemporary residence that strikes a balance between old and new.

Inside, craftsmanship abounds across the home’s 2,200 square feet. The kitchen steals the show — anchored by an oversized Carrara marble island with a farmhouse sink, the room exhibits Miller’s handicraft talents. His custom-designed cabinets feature picture-perfect dovetail joint drawers and drawer glides, while his sleek open shelving is accented by a striking light fixture overhead. Beyond the island, a gas fireplace with a mantel is set in copper-washed panels. And, aside from a door to a large pantry, the kitchen features glass sliders that open to a back patio.

Miller designed much of the home’s furniture himself, including tables, chairs, and stools. Some pieces are made from reclaimed lumber, which he sourced from a dismantled New Hampshire barn and a sugar maple tree that had fallen in his neighbor’s yard. He says his design philosophy is to blend old-world craftsmanship with 21st-century techniques to achieve a minimalist look. He said purchase of the furniture is negotiable.

His bespoke dining table in the living and dining areas is brightened by a wall of windows that let in sunlight and overlook the home’s backyard. A master suite on the same floor makes room for two closets, a bathroom with a double vanity, and a laundry area. Upstairs, two more bedrooms and another bathroom bring the home’s total to three bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

Miller also designed all of the steel railings on the property, from the one in the lofted living area to what’s been called the “basket” above the front door. The balcony-like addition is meant for holding plants, trees, and flowers.

The yard, meanwhile, is topped with a sizable driveway with enough room for four cars — it leads to a one-car garage attached to the home. There’s also a grassy backyard on the lot, though more wide-open spaces like hiking trails, nature reservations, beaches, and coastal walks near Annisquam Lighthouse are a short drive away.

The Murray Brown Group of Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty have listed the property for $865,000.

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