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Luxury Home of the Week: For $25 million, the priciest Cape property on the market

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The sunroom dates to 1911. (Virtually staged) Hawk Visuals for Sotheby’s International Realty

The most expensive home on the market on Cape Cod has a fireplace in the dressing room and a family room ceiling that mimics a boat’s hull.

If sold, the Shingle-style home at 187 Penzance Road in the Woods Hole section of Falmouth would set the record for the priciest sale on Cape Cod, according to the listing firm, Sotheby’s International Realty. The honor currently goes back to the 2013 sale of philanthropist and horticulturist Bunny Mellon’s Osterville estate in Barnstable to billionaire Bill Koch for $19,500,000.

The Clark family, most known for their philanthropy and support of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, listed the 9.6-acre Woods Hole property Monday for $25 million. The coastal property consists of a six-bedroom main house designed by Rhode Island architect Michele Foster, a two-bedroom guest house, a workshop, a boathouse, a swimming pool, and a deepwater dock. The property boasts two stretches of sandy beach and views of Buzzards Bay, Hadley Harbor, and Naushon Island.

With its Gambrel roof, turrets, and verandas, the 9,387-square-foot home is a commanding presence on its Penzance Point perch. The two-story round foyer with its built-in benches, railed overlook, round-framed sidelight windows, and beautiful wood inlay flooring mimics the movement of the circular driveway.

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. —Hawk Visuals for Sotheby’s International Realty

The home offers a formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace — one of four — built-in cabinetry, and French doors that open to a deck overlooking the water. There is also a fireplace in the library, where the chestnut paneling is striking but does not equal the drama of the wood ceiling in the family room, which mimics a boat’s hull. The family room features French doors on two sides to usher in ocean breezes, as well as a wet bar, creating a perfect spot for entertaining. Guests can feast in a formal dining room with a lighted oval tray ceiling, a built-in china cabinet, and arched shelving. The kitchen has its own wet bar and butler’s pantry.

Four of the home’s six bedrooms are on the second level. The master suite offers a balcony with views of the water, a dressing room with a fireplace and a bay window, a walk-in closet, and dual baths. The other three bedrooms on this level have en-suite baths, and two come with balconies overlooking the water.

An elevator affords access to all floors, and stairs in the kitchen lead to the lower level, which houses the laundry, storage, two bedrooms, and a shared bath. The home has 6.5 baths in total.

The house was built in 1993, but “the heated brick-paved sunroom dates to 1911 and features a cathedral ceiling, a wall of arched glass, and doors to a deck overlooking” the water, according to the listing. The property’s workshop also dates to 1911.

The freestanding guest house offers two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a patio, a waterfront deck, laundry facilities, and a two-car garage.

The listing agent is Kerrie Marzot of Sotheby’s International Realty Falmouth.

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