Call 781-248-7373 - 25 miles southeast of Boston, in the bedroom community of Norwell, nestled in an established and desirable neighborhood, is a unique opportunity to purchase a special home that combines luxury and practicality, privacy and easy access, as well as pristine marsh and ever-changing river views.
Norwell is one of the most desirable towns in the south shore with a school system that consistently ranks among the top in the state. With a population of about 10,000, spread out over its 20 square miles, Norwell has the right mix of a small town community spirit and a meaningful commercial base providing services and supporting the tax base.
Tucked in the southern part of Norwell is a neighborhood that traces its roots to Norwell's colonial shipbuilding heritage. The boulevards and streets in this master planned community along the North River feature names honoring the majestic sailing ships that were constructed there in the 17th and 18th centuries: Barque Hill Drive and Brigantine Circle. Even the small community park, a short walk from the house and aptly named Shipyard Park, was once the site of a thriving shipyard. Now it's a peaceful wooded park with an open field for sports and community events and leads to the North River where you can launch a canoe or kayak, or just go for a swim or a picnic at the water's edge.
The home at 82 Brigantine Circle, originally built in the early 70s, was completely redesigned, renovated and extensively expanded in 2000 by an award winning architect and skilled craftsmen into an expanded Cape style family home.
From the front yard, the home exhibits its understated, classic, traditional façade. From the rear however, the home takes every advantage of its 180 degree views of the North River with a full three stories of wall to wall windows looking across the broad marsh and river to the conservation land across the river in Pembroke. The peaceful setting not only appeals to people, but also to the myriad of wildlife that passes through the expansive lawn in the rear of the house. Deer, fox, turtles, turkey are regular visitors while red tail hawks and osprey soar overhead, and a multitude of songbirds fill the air and perch in specimen flowering trees in the yard. With the kaleidoscope of views, one will always want to have a camera and binoculars at hand.
Inside, the home beckons with its inviting layout and flowing floor plan. The foyer, with its dramatic barrel vaulted ceiling, welcomes guests with its hand painted murals and is exemplary of what is to come. The marble floored foyer opens to the 35 foot wide combination living and dining room which takes advantage of the river views through multiple picture windows with a sliding door providing access to the expansive mahogany deck off the back of the home. Boasting gleaming red birch floors and a wood burning fireplace with a granite hearth, marble surround and custom paneling designed and built by a local craftsman, this space has been the center of many gatherings.
The custom cherry kitchen is a chef's delight and has a large walk in pantry that accommodates an additional refrigerator. The garage is deceptively large because although it appears to be a two-car garage from the front of the house, one of the bays is 48 feet deep. The back portion can be closed off from the front converting it into a workshop, or used to store a third car. There is also an attached shed in the back of the house.
Also on the main level, set off from the living area with a pocket door, are three of the home's five bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has an en-suite three quarter bath while the other two share a full bath.
Upstairs is the expansive master bedroom suite with a connected separate office. His and hers walk-in custom closets eliminate the need for bedroom dressers or seasonal wardrobe storage. Also upstairs is a large bonus room with built-in surround sound, which creates a theatre-like movie experience. There are two large additional closets, one of which is cedar-lined, and a cozy room that can be used as a small office, library or reading room. Above the garage is an attic with loads of storage space.
The full walk out lower level offers another family entertaining area enabling the home to handle large groups or provide multiple areas to get away from it all. The solid walnut paneling is warm and inviting making the large space feel cozy. Also on the lower level is a private guest suite with full bath as well as additional storage area or workshop where many projects have been completed. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the house is a hidden wine room complete with racks, storage cabinets and closets.
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