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Home of the Week: In Newbury mansion, a 3-season porch big enough to host a dance

Buying Home of the Week Luxury
Flanking the house, in nice symmetry, are a three-season porch and a porte cochère. photos by Bella Casa Marketing LLC
$1,100,000
Style Colonial
Year built 1902
Square feet 2,826
Bedrooms 4
Baths 2 full
Sewer/Water Private
Taxes $7,666 (2022)

Should the next owner want to name this house near the Parker River in coastal Newbury, consideration should be given to this: The Amalgam.

Built in 1903, the home has a façade that is a fusion of architectural influences: The third floor has three dormers, the central and largest of which is in the Dutch Revival style. And directly down two stories from that dormer are a pair of Tuscan columns that hold sentry on the front porch and shelter a front door topped by a pediment. Flanking the house, in nice symmetry, are a three-season porch and a porte cochère, both framed with white railings. And the entire house is encased in cedar shingles, evocative of a Nantucket cottage and known to stand up to life on the New England coast.

The interior has undergone a revamping recently. To the left off the front door is the first of the home’s four bedrooms, but this one is serving as a sitting room/library. Being in a prime spot on the corner, it offers windows on two walls. Here, as is the case throughout the home, the flooring is a mix of hardwood and planked pine and has been refinished.

To the right off the entrance are combined living and family rooms anchored by a red brick fireplace (given its size, this is the proper verb) that looks something like a ziggurat as it rises toward the ceiling. The beams of the coffered ceiling are hefty and white, and natural light arrives through a pair of windows and French doors to the three-season porch. In this expansive area (the grand piano in the corner looks lonely), the sole heat source is a red brick fireplace, the sibling of the one on the other side of the wall. This one has the same heft but it is not as dramatic. Two ceiling fans will ensure a nice breeze in the summer, and the room is lined with white-framed windows that offer a look at the front lawn of the 1.64-acre parcel.

The room has a coffered ceiling with two light fixtures, French doors, two wicker chairs with blue and white throw pillows, and a blue sofa with blue and white throw pillows. A white-topped coffee table with skinny legs sits on a blue and white area rug. The room has a wood floor.
The family room features a working brick fireplace and a coffered ceiling. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
Cedar shake lines the far wall, which has two entrances on either side of a brick fireplace. The left wall is lined with windows.
The fireplace in the three-season porch extends the enjoyment into the fourth season. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
The walls are white and lined with windows that reach halfway down. The space has two ceiling fans. A grand piano sits to the left. Two small area rugs sit in the middle of the space.
The three-season porch. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC

There are two key rooms left on this level: the full bath and the kitchen. In the former, black ceramic tile lines the floor and the shower pan. In a pleasing contrast, the shower surround is white subway tile, and the single vanity is topped with quartz.

There’s a lot to share about the kitchen, which received a lot of attention during the renovation. It the largest room in the house (540 square feet). One section is set aside for a dining area, which a table for six currently occupies. The working part of the kitchen is worthy of a cooking demonstration: A long rectangular island topped with quartz has a sink with a pot filler and seating for eight. The appliances, including a double-wide refrigerator and stacked ovens, are stainless steel. The cabinets are white with raised-panel doors. Recessed lighting, three pendant lights with bulbous globe shades, and windows with wood shutters bring light to the space. A door leads to the backyard.

Six black stools with backs line a long island with a sink, a pot filler, and a quartz top. The flooring is wood. The appliances are stainless steel, and the cabinets have white, raised-panel doors. You can see a double-door refrigerator and stacked double ovens in the background.
Three bulbous glass-shaded lights hang over an island with seating for eight. Enough to hold a cooking demonstration. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
White cabinets with bronze handles line two walls. The flooring is wood. the walls are white. The island is topped with quartz and has a sink. The stove hood is stainless steel.
The cabinets have raised-panel doors and are painted white, making the room seem even bigger. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
The flooring is wood. The appliances are stainless steel, including two ovens stacked like pancakes. The counters are dark. The cabinets are white raised panel with bronze handles and pulls. A window with shutters shows an overcast day and bare trees. A heat register lines the wall to the left.
The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, including a double oven. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
A thick-legged wood table sits on a blue area rug and has six tall-backed chairs with white upholstery. The kitchen is in the background. The dining area has two windows and recessed lighting. the walls are gray. The floor is wood.
The dining area is open to the kitchen. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC

The second floor holds three bedrooms and a full bath. The latter boasts a double vanity with an antique appearance and a quartz counter that has an extension for folding the clothes pulled from the washer and dryer nearby. Other highlights include a soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower with a subway tile surround and a black ceramic tile floor. The flooring in the rest of the bath is also black ceramic tile, but white subway tile rises halfway up the walls.

The owner bedroom offers a custom walk-in closet, a ceiling fan, thin crown molding, four windows, and enough space for a king-sized bed, a love seat, and two chairs (247 square feet). Of the other two bedrooms, the larger comes with double closets and three windows. The smaller bedroom is set up as an office.

A king-size bed with an tufted, upholstered gray headboard takes up the foreground. It has white bedding and throw pillows. Most of them are white. One is gray. A gray bench sits in front of the bed. The flooring is wide-planked wood in a honey color. Two armless chairs in a gray-pattern fabric flank an end table and a window. A white radiator sits in the back corner. The back wall sports two windows and a couch. The couch is upholstered in a light-colored fabric. All of the windows have gray, gauzy drapes. Driftwood-colored end tables sit on either side of the bed.
The primary suite. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
A walk-in closet with white custom cabinetry and a wood floor.
The walk-in closet in the primary suite has built-in cabinetry. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
Black hexagon tile with white grout lines the floor of the bathroom, which is long. The walls have subway tiles halfway up, but gray paint for the rest. A shower with black tile on the floor and a white subway tile surround is off to the left. Light-colored towels hang just outside it vertically. The vanity is in the far background. It's wood with a light-colored counter and a black three-piece faucet. Round mirrors hang above it. A black front-load washer is visible.
The second-floor bath boasts an oval soaking tub. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
A wood dual sink vanity with six drawers, black handles, and open shelving. Two round mirrors hand from cording over it. A white four-paneled door is to the right.
A dual double vanity with open shelving and six drawers. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC

The third floor (remember those dormers?) is composed of four rooms and was recently plumbed for heat.

There are two detached garages, each with three bays. One has bay doors on both sides.

Richard LeMay of RE/Max by the River is the listing agent.

See more photos of the property below:

Cedar shake lines a home with white framing. Winter has set in. The lawn is brown, and the trees are bare. The sky is mostly sunny.
A view of the house on the sunroom side. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
The home has cedar shake siding, white framed windows with green shutters, white columns, and thick white railings. The porch deck is wood.
The view from the front porch. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
The first-floor living room with wood flooring, a couch with gray upholstery and two matching arm chairs, a coffered ceiling, two windows with lower-half shutters, a gold-framed oval mirror between the windows, and gray walls. The coffee table is circular. The throw pillows are all the same blue and white pattern. A n oval rug consisting of gold rectangles on a cream background brings the space together.
The first-floor living room. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
A teal blue couch lines the left wall. It matches the blotchy prints on white backgrounds on two walls. A window with shutters is in the background and is as wide as the radiator below it. A white coffee table with metal legs sits in front of the couch, which is on an area rug with two wicker chairs. Blue and white-patterned throw pillows sit on each.
This room has a coffered ceiling, wood flooring, and French doors. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
A shower lined with white subway tile has a black hexagonal tile floor and framless glass doors. The flooring of the bathroom is black tile.
Black ceramic tile lines the floor and the shower pan. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
The driveway sweeps around a tree with no leaves and then around the house. The grass is brown, but the sky is mostly sunny. Trees line the background. A mature bush sits high next to the sunroom.
The driveway wraps around the house. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
Wood floors add a pop of color to a space with gray walls; white, gray, and black art, and gray armless seating. A wide dark leather chair is in the background. End tables with X patterns and white-shaded lamps flank it.
An interior space with a modern vibe. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
A room with white walls, crown molding to match, and a ceiling fan with a light. A window has gauzy curtains. It is flanked by armless chairs with a gray pattern. There's a white arm chair to the left. The bed sits on a gray, dark gray, and white area rug.
The bedroom has three windows in all. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
A room with white walls, crown molding to match, and a ceiling fan with a light. A window has gauzy curtains. It is flanked by armless chairs with a gray pattern. There's a white arm chair to the left. The bed sits on a gray, dark gray, and white area rug.
One of the home’s four bedrooms. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
Three windows wrap around a queen-size bed with a white comforter, a blue throw, and blue and white-patterned pillows. A white end table sports a blue lamp with a white shade. A blue and white floral rug sits in front of the bed. A blue armless chair is off to the left and has a blue and white throw pillow too. The flooring is wood. The sun is shining.
This second-floor bedroom gets light from three windows. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
All of the bedrooms boast wood floors. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
Winter has set in. The trees are bare and the grass is mostly yellow. The house with its white framing and cedar shake siding is in the far background. There's a porch with a deck above it. Trees line the left side. A detached garage has cedar shake siding
The home sits on 1.64 acres. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC
The attic features an old wood floor painting a light gray, robin's-egg blue walls, and a quarter moon windows with spiderweb muntins. A window lights a small recess in the far right corner.
Quarter-moon windows draw the eye in the attic. —Bella Casa Marketing LLC

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