If you’re looking for “the” ideal location, look no further than Fluen Point, known for its neighborhood camaraderie, deeded beach rights and an association dock. Imagine jumping off the dock on hot summer days, searching for beach glass, or the first day thrill of launching the kayak you’ve lovingly cared for all winter….
Let’s not forget a potential mooring in Salem Sound.
An amazing home comes with the location, too—a custom designed beauty (with a huge in-law suite) built by the Whitmore Brothers and surrounded by beautiful landscaping that includes a statement-making beech tree that is bright orange in the fall, colorful perennials like rhododendrons, azaleas and the most gorgeous hydrangeas. Five large bay areas add character and architectural interest—and a tremendous amount of natural light.
Yet as attractive as these are, the effect on the interior is absolutely sensational.
The family room exemplifies the significant benefits of the bay windows. While flooding the room with natural light, the huge windows make this space feel gigantic. Keep in mind it’s not small to begin with….
Of course, the front-and-center view of the back yard is marvelous but so is the stone-front (to the ceiling) fireplace. Warm and inviting, this room is guaranteed to be a favorite gathering spot. That it’s fully open to the kitchen is such a plus!
Large, attractive and exceptionally efficient, the kitchen has an oversized, step-down quartz-topped island with a five-burner gas range that seats five. Integrated panels on the dishwasher and refrigerator blend seamlessly with an abundance of cherry cabinetry that includes pantry cupboards. Adjacent casual dining space with direct access to the deck makes indoor/outdoor entertaining a breeze.
The rest of the main level floor proves you can have it all—large open spaces for today’s lifestyle preferences and specific purpose spaces that fit effortlessly within the free-flowing layout. It’s wonderful.
So are the formal dining and living rooms. The dining room has an extra-wide three-window bay, a dramatic tray ceiling and seats eight easily. Access to the mini butler’s pantry (complete with sink) at one end of the kitchen is so convenient when entertaining.
A wood-burning fireplace with a detailed mantel is the jewel in the spacious living room that has a mesmerizing view of the entrance to Salem Harbor. Double crown molding and detailed bump boards are timeless elements in this gracious room.
A roomy office—or fabulous library—is quite impressive but the hands-down scene stealer on this floor is the sunroom.
Everything about this space is wonderful, period. For example, this three-season getaway is surrounded by three walls of almost floor-to-ceiling full glass pane windows and has access to the deck. A corner gas fireplace does more than turn on with a flick of a switch—it makes this a cozy, comfortable space on chilly days/evenings in late fall or early spring.
A turret-like wide bead board ceiling and cherry accents around the room including an extended mantel over the stone-front fireplace are simply beautiful. What makes this appealing space even more special is what isn’t immediately obvious. Composite materials are used everywhere—even on the walls. Yep, it’s all practically maintenance free!
Oh, the mudroom just off the side entry (y’know the one that everyone uses) includes a half bathroom with bead board wainscoting, a huge double closet, entry to the garage, and access to the in-law suite. We’ll go there in a bit.
Life on the second floor is exciting, too. Closets in each of three bedrooms are appropriate to the size of the rooms: big, bigger and huge. Another closet is in the hall. The shared bathroom has one, too and that’s in addition to a tub/shower combo and a sizable vanity with two sinks.
Still the award for closet space goes to the master, with five closets including two massive, lighted walk-in affairs with custom inserts and an area to store seasonal items. Nothing is left to chance in this home.
But the master suite has even more bragging rights, like a wood-burning fireplace with a cherry mantel and access to a 104-plus square-foot deck sheltered by trees with views of the water. Talk about a serene retreat…
The en suite bathroom exudes peace and relaxation, too. This spacious, spa-like loo has a steam shower, a jetted tub and a privacy wall for the commode. Two separate vanities and a makeup area reflect the attention to detail that are hallmarks of this home.
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The in-law/guest suite—a 618-square-foot space with a large sleeping area, full kitchen and bathroom plus all kinds of storage and display areas. A bonus in more ways than one or two, this makes a fantastic home office away from the daily hubbub that these days could include home schooling.
Location is one more plus. In addition to having a separate entrance off the mudroom (thus creating a separate wing), this multi-purpose suite has the option of connecting directly to the second floor, providing the best of both worlds.
Fully finished and the entire footprint of the house, the lower level has something for everyone. A gigantic workshop and a spacious utility room bookend two enormous open areas, each large enough for a pool table. A bonus room and a full bathroom with a corner shower ratchet up the convenience factor.
Did I mention the three-car garage?