Of the distinctive styles in the American architectural vernacular, one of the most easily recognizable is the Cape Cod beach home.
This classic design, with its low, broad silhouette, dates back to the 17th century and is distinguished by its wood-shingled façade, gambreled roof, turrets, verandahs, and quite often, bushes of fragrant, colorful hydrangea outside.
That delightful rambling exterior is readily evident at this enchanting Wianno estate, sited on more than three acres with views of West Bay and Oyster Harbors and more than 120 feet of private shoreline.
The 7,488-square-foot residence was renovated by the award-winning Patrick Ahearn, whose firm is recognized for finely crafted and detailed work, in order to maximize its sense of openness and grace.
At the heart of the home, the kitchen and breakfast room adjoin a spacious great room in a configuration ideal for relaxed getaways and gatherings year-round. In the well-appointed kitchen, storage is plentiful, and touches of white are paired with rustic wood grain and deeply hued island cabinetry for a cool, casual feel.
The great room includes living and dining areas and offers expansive views of the water through floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that open to a breezy covered and columned patio. A river-rock fireplace creates warmth and furthers the charm of Americana.
Tucked at the top of the home, an inviting recreation room with a wet bar encourages carefree leisure and amusement.
The residence includes two master bedrooms, one on each story. The lower-level suite includes a curving bay window and a luxurious bath with a glass-enclosed shower, a soaking tub, and handsome Romanesque tile accents.
A balcony with an iconic vista adjoins the upper-level master bedroom, which is also accompanied by a lovely bath with a deep freestanding soaking tub and a spacious shower with elegant white tilework.
A whimsical guest bedroom — one of four in the home — sleeps four in bunk beds, each with a “porthole” window appropriate for this waterside locale.
Sited at the base of the turret, a classical stone-paved sunroom is lined with windows, creating a cheerful retreat for reading, relaxing, or simply enjoying the timeless view. Surrounded by native vegetation, verdant grass, and marshes, the estate faces west, an orientation that affords idyllic views of sunsets at the end of the day.
The lawn rolls gently toward the waterfront, with its sandy shoreline and deepwater dock. Channel access allows for easy trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
$10,975,000 | 75 Bayberry Way, Osterville, MA 02655