Home of the Week: Waterfront contemporary features cottage for rent, multiple decks, and dock

Home of the Week
The back of the home.
A view of the back of the house, which offers multiple decks. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

186 Fort Pond Inn Rd., Lancaster


Style: Contemporary

Year built: 2003

Square feet: 4,950

Bedrooms: 5

Baths: 3 full, 2 half

Sewer/water: Private

Taxes: $11,441 (2016)

It’s as if the designer of this waterfront home were a big fan of those black-and-white cookies (the ones with the dark chocolate frosting slathered next to white vanilla frosting), because the second-story deck outside the master suite of this contemporary is a perfect echo. Consider: The left half of the deck is darkened by shade from towering trees, while on the other half, bright sunshine coats the hot tub, all of which overlooks Fort Pond. In fact, this Lancaster home has multiple decks with water views.

The master suite deck is only one of the serene spots in this 4,950-square-foot house perched above Fort Pond, which a 2011 state study says is 76 acres and 45 feet at its deepest point.

Stepping back into the suite via the slider, you’ll find an expansive bedroom with two walk-in closets. The bath has a double vanity and a separate oval soaking tub underneath a skylight and next to a frosted window. A large, tiled shower with a glass door sits next to that. The suite includes a separate office.

A door from the master leads to the heart of the house, a great room with 18-foot ceilings and a country cabin motif. The floors and ceilings are clear-stained resawn old timber: white pine above and oak underfoot. The space features a wall of windows, some triangular.

This open space encompasses dining and livings areas and, in the rear of the room, a kitchen with long dark-granite counters, a pantry, and a propane stove tricked out to appear as if it were an antique wood-burning stove.

Two bedrooms, connected by a bath, run off the great room, and a wooden corkscrew staircase leads to a carpeted loft. A half bath completes this floor.

A set of broad stairs goes to the front entry and then on to a plushly carpeted family room with knotty-pine walls and ceilings and a set of windows with views of the pond.

Off to one side of the family room is another bedroom suite, and on the other is an office with pond views — so distracting — that can serve as a fifth bedroom. A half bath completes this floor.

The 1.07-acre lot slopes to the pond, past a large screened-in gazebo with electricity and a cable hookup, and ends at a 201-foot stretch of sandy waterfront that includes an aluminum dock on wheels. The home has an outdoor shower.

The property is on a private road. Membership in the homeowners association is voluntary, but residents pay into a fund for maintaining and plowing the road.

The property includes a roughly 600-square-foot rentable cottage with one bedroom, a full bath, a kitchen, and a living room. The sale price reflects a credit for up to one year of prepaid rent from the seller, who wishes to live in the cottage part time without beach rights.

The listing broker, Rhonda Sprague of Harvard Realty in Harvard, will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. Her website is

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