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Envy of the NEIGHborhood: Carriage house home has a horse stall dining area

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The kitchen is open to the living areas and features a dining area in a former horse stall. Dan St. John/Lightshed Photography

It’s not every day you find a property with a horse stall in the kitchen.

But that’s exactly what you’ll see in this turn-of-the-century carriage house in Manchester-by-the-Sea. The property at 11 Highland Ave. has hit the market for $1,425,000.

Set on 1.32 acres, the expansive four-bedrooom, 2.5-bath home, was built around 1900 as a carriage house. The property — part of a much larger estate that included the massive home next door, as well as several other smaller surrounding homes — has since been broken up, allowing the carriage house to become a unique home of its own.

Owner Alex Morris and his wife purchased the property two years ago, and were determined to transform the 4,224-square-foot space into a family home that stayed true to its history. They found a furnace in the middle of the kitchen, as well as multiple food troughs with a feeding bin upstairs that funneled down into the troughs. Despite the challenges, Morris was confident they could convert the space while maintaining its historic significance.

“We walked in and said, we feel like we could live here almost how it is,” said Morris. “With the lightest touch, we could keep the integrity of what it was all about.”

The horse stall in the kitchen space was converted into a dining room, with concrete and hardwood walls and a stylish swinging door. The industrial-style kitchen, which features high-end appliances and low, wooden cabinets, also has an island with metal legs and a long wood top. It’s flanked by the original industrial pole and a log the owners found on the property. The former tack room — where saddles, bridles, and other equipment was stored — was converted into a gathering space, perfect for playing games or reading. While the upstairs originally served as the living quarters for barn hands, it was transformed to create several bedrooms, including an owner bedroom with a balcony. The room where the feeding troughs sent food down to the kitchen is now a bathroom, and the hay loft was converted into an office with a massive door that opens out to the leafy property and water views.

“You can have that door wide open in the summer,” said Morris. “It’s amazing to be working in there.”

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. —Dan St. John/Lightshed Photography

There are several additional touches that are reminiscent of the property’s past, such as the old intercom, where the barn hands who lived upstairs would get the call from the main home to saddle up the horses. Underneath the home is the former chicken coop space, which could easily be converted into another stylish nook. In the basement, Morris found a pair of barn doors and repurposed them as sliders to insulate the home during the winter.

“Everything is very modern living, but keeping sort of this older look,” said Syndi Zaiger of Nest Real Estate, the listing agent.

While Morris is a bit hesitant to let the property go, he says it’s time to move on.

“Both our kids have left home — our last one just left a couple months ago — so there’s only two of us rattling around,” said Morris. “So it’s probably the right time to go.”

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