Tour a New England Classic

For Merle Thorpe Architects, an integral part of designing a home “lies in advancing the conversation between a building and its broader surroundings, by considering the unique array of influences that enhance a particular property’s sense of place.”

They certainly succeeded in their mission with this enchanting seven-bedroom 6,419-square-foot American shingle–style estate in the quintessential summertime community of Osterville on Cape Cod.

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Its details — custom millwork, gracefully curved walls, sloped roofs, curved bays and dormers, and handsomely railed balconies — reinforce its connection to the woodland environment and Cape Cod’s shipbuilding traditions.

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Elements throughout focus on the movement of light and recall life on the sea, with delightful nautical flair that ranges from brass light fixtures and hardware to a mahogany ship’s bar. The home’s interiors exude a timeless quality and a relaxed but classical ambience, striking an ideal balance between formal spaces designed for entertaining and comfortable spaces planned for private repose.

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Formal living and dining rooms feature classical yet subtle paneling and hardwood floors.

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Equipped with top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances, abundant cabinet and counter space, and a thoughtful butler’s pantry, the kitchen is open to informal living and dining areas that are cheerful and full of light.

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Each of the bedrooms is a charming, quiet sanctuary. Numerous covered terraces and screened porches encourage enjoyment of the lush outdoors and create a vibrant flow between indoors and out.

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Ultimately, though, life on Cape Cod is all about the water, and this home fits right in. Its impeccably landscaped 1.22-acre grounds also include a gunite swimming pool accompanied by a stone terrace, deeded beach rights at Nantucket Sound, and access to Eel River.

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850 Sea View Ave, Osterville, MA 02655 | $4,500,000 | Peggy Rowland 339.927.0261

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