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Home of the Week
The house — and its neighbors — straddle the Atlantic Ocean and South River. Craig F. Walker/Globe staff

244-246 Central Ave., Scituate

Style: Colonial
Year built: 2005
Square feet: 2,386
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3 full
Water: Public
Sewer: Inspection required for sale
Taxes: $11,980 (2018)

Moving to this house in Scituate’s Humarock neighborhood means never having to mow a lawn again, and not because someone else will be handling the laborious task. There is no grass on this lot at all — only softball-sized stones underneath the house and its thick wooden pilings.

The house — and its neighbors — straddle the Atlantic Ocean and South River, and when nor’easters hit, the water often flows underneath the house as the two bodies of water make a concerted effort to unite. But because the house is on stilts on the 0.61-acre lot, there is no basement to worry about.

A set of wooden stairs — which can be raised, depending on the weather’s mood — leads to the deck and the riverside door of this expansive house. Stepping inside, there are two bedrooms, one on either side of the hallway.

To the left is the master suite. The floor here is a brilliant cherry hardwood, and the full bath has a large whirlpool tub. The single vanity sports a blue bowl, a ceramic tile floor, and a cabinet clad in Nantucket beadboard.

The bedroom on the right is about the same size, with carpeting. Next door there is a full bath with a shower and a pedestal sink, as well as a laundry closet.

Both rooms have sliders to a deck that wraps around the house. The rooms are painted light blue, as is much of the rest of the house.

The first level is essentially an open floor plan only slightly interrupted by columns. The space contains the kitchen and dining and living areas, which has one of the visual treats of this house. One corner is filled floor to ceiling with a wood-burning fireplace clad in natural stones that appear oceanic in origin: There are no sharp edges, and the material is the color of sand.

The flooring in the living area and hallway is carpet, but it shifts to navy blue tile in the kitchen and dining area, where a wooden ship’s wheel has been turned into a chandelier. The kitchen area features stainless-steel appliances, a propane-fueled gas stove, and lovely cherry cabinets. The counters are blue Corian. There is a bi-level island with seating for five.

Dishpan hands are actually worth it in some kitchens, and this is one of them. Standing over the sink and in front of a windowed bump-out, the dishwasher can look right and take in the South River; looking left brings the ocean. (There is a real dishwasher, by the way, if you’d rather forgo the task.)

A sliding French door leads to a deck overlooking the Atlantic and the sandy beach, which is part of a double lot down to the low tide mark. This is the real viewscape visitors seek at the rate of $4,700 a week during summer. (The home is rented through August.)

Back inside, a broad stairwell leads to the second floor, where there are two bedrooms and a full bath. The first bedroom is positioned on the ocean side and has its own spacious deck reached by a glass door flanked by six-over-six windows. The roofline intrudes but gives the white-painted room welcome visual breaks.

Down the hall is what one might loosely define as a Jack-and-Jill bedroom setup: It has a half wall that breaks it into two spaces, now equipped with trundle beds.

The full bath has a shower with rounded sides, a single unit of white plastic with a translucent half-moon glass door. The flooring is linoleum.

A short stairwell leads to the widow’s walk.

The sale includes a 0.24-acre unimproved lot across the street on the South River.

The listing agent, Kimberly Andrew of Andrew Anderson Team Raveis, will hold an open house on Sunday, June 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. Her website is

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