Home of the Week: For under $850,000, a Saugus four-bedroom with a dreamy ‘she shed’

Buying Home of the Week
Hammocks, egg-shaped rockers, and wicker chairs line the back porch of the "she shed" on the property. Kenneth Hodgson

5 Hammersmith Drive, Saugus

Style: Garrison Colonial
Year built: 1989
Square feet: 2,542
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3 full
Sewer/water: Public
Taxes: $8,010 (2020)

Call it serenity anytime, not just now.

A recent addition to this Saugus home is 272-square foot “she shed.’’ It’s not a “man cave’’ with curtains, but a stand-alone structure deep on this 1.04-acre lot reached via a winding pathway of washed pebblestone and stepping stones.

Behind the cedar clapboard exterior is a working wood stove and wood-like laminate flooring underneath a vaulted ceiling. Best, though, may be the covered porch, upon which sits two hammocks. Sipping coffee on these rockers? Only for the steady hand.

Adjacent is a hot tub, and just beyond, down a second pathway, is a half basketball court. A fire pit offers a great way to socialize, when you want to.

The main house, located in the Hammersmith Village neighborhood, is a Garrison Colonial with a modern kitchen, a ground-level bedroom/office suite, and a third-floor suite with a balcony.

Entrance is via a multicolored slate walkway to a front door flanked by sidelights. The foyer is so spacious that it currently hosts a grand piano with enough room for listeners to congregate.

On the left, four wide steps connect to the living room. The space features a trio of windows topped with a half-moon one, a working fireplace with a brick surround and a wood mantel, and a towering ceiling. The flooring here is cherry hardwood.

Back out in the foyer, the first-floor suite is on the right. It features two closets (one is a walk-in), beige carpeting, a dome light, and a wide window. The room is connected to the first full bath, which has a shower behind a frosted-glass door, a white ceramic tile floor, beige ceramic tile with accents on the walls, and a white single vanity topped with cultured marble.

The foyer also connects to a formal dining room that boasts exposed brick, a pellet stove, recessed lighting, and an 8-foot slider to one of the home’s three patios. The flooring here and in the foyer is cherry hardwood. A dogleg hallway off the dining room leads to doors to the backyard and the two-car garage, as well as a laundry room with a sink. The dining room also connects to the kitchen and living room. They are four steps up.

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In the kitchen, the color scheme changes dramatically from natural wood highlights to a space surrendered to sunshine and varying shades of gray and white. The kitchen boasts a breakfast area with a slider to the deck, a nook perfect for a coffee bar, and enough space to accommodate a table for six. The kitchen offers gray picture-frame cabinets with soft-close drawers and doors and undermounted lighting; polished granite counters; stainless-steel smart appliances (double oven, refrigerator, and hood vent); a farmer’s sink; a blue-gray glass subway tile backsplash; and a roughly 9-foot-long island with a sink and a granite counter that has a beveled edge. The flooring is gray oak planks.

Stairs between the kitchen and living room lead to the third floor and the home’s other bedrooms and baths. The first bedroom has two windows, two closets, and built-in seating, while the second offers two windows and a double closet with a sliding door. All of the bedroom floors are cherry.

The owner’s suite comes with a slider to the deck, a half-moon window, a vaulted ceiling, and a walk-in closet. The en-suite bath offers a whirlpool tub-shower combo, a bidet, a toilet, a white porcelain tile floor, porcelain tile with a mirrored look on the walls, a window, and a long dual vanity with oak cabinetry and a man-made material on top.

The main full bath offers a tub/shower combo, a single oak vanity topped with a cultured-stone sink, and white ceramic tile for the floor and the shower backsplash.

The attached two-car garage surprises with a vinyl-composite tile floor in a checkerboard design. Additional house features include an updated electrical system, a central vacuuming system, air conditioning, a new roof, and high-efficiency forced-hot water heat by oil.

There is no basement.

Candice Pagliarulo Hodgson of Lyv Realty in Middleton has the listing.

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