Many thanks to the homeowners that participated in the 2015 tour – truly one of the best house tours in Massachusetts! The 2015 homes are located in some of Ipswich’s most scenic locations and feature a diverse range of architectural styles.
Well away from the beach traffic on Argilla Road and on 24 acres overlooking the Salt Marsh sits this very contemporary, architect-designed luxury home. The heart of the home is a freestanding living pavilion—a beautifully crafted structure with exposed Douglas fir beams, a brushed steel frame and continuous high clerestory windows which provide abundant light and ventilation. The vast, open concept design allows for 360 degree views.
Originally a small ranch home, this property was expanded to its current design configuration in 2005. Now a modern classic, “Riverbend” is admired for its charming appeal both inside and out, as well as for its location on the Ipswich River. The custom colonial home surprises with cathedral ceilings and an open concept kitchen, living and dining areas for easy entertaining. The four-season sun room as well as the fourth floor widow’s walk offer spectacular views of the Ipswich River.
The Caleb Warner House, circa 1734, is also known as River House as it is situated on the Ipswich River overlooking the Norwood Bridge and its stone arches. Thought to originally comprise a small structure, the larger house was added in 1734 and the 3rd floor renovated in the mid 1800’s. The kitchen and mud room, renovated in 1995, have been featured in several magazines. The home features wide pine floors, eight fireplaces, period molding and lovely decorating throughout. The gardens were designed in 1950 by the Christian Scientists who used the home as a retreat. The lovely grounds have changed with Mother Nature’s ideas and the labor to retain its natural beauty.
Entering the property you will be welcomed by views of rolling lawns and the Ipswich Marsh. Situated just beyond Ghools’ Bridge, the home has been restored with an eye toward the nautical, a passion of the homeowners. After entering via the three-season porch, guests will be drawn into the open concept living and kitchen spaces, then charmed by the surprise in the study. A floor to attic roof- raising left the owners challenged to fill but not overpower the space. So why not suspend a restored skiff in the vaulted space, providing a most amazing feature to the room?
This hidden gem was designed to resemble a 17th century English timber-framed barn. Borrowing from the design tradition of “three bays”, its lofty, light-filled spaces frame distant views of the great salt marsh and Choate Island. But while its look is rustic, the home’s functionality is thoroughly modern. The open floor plan features heavy timbers against bright surfaces highlighting the natural woods. Apart from the main house is a freestanding screened structure that is used throughout the year for both work and quiet relaxation.
The current owners gave up city life to settle in this charming period home situated near downtown Ipswich. Over the past year neighbors have watched as fresh life was breathed back into the home and its spacious yard facing the river. The authentically restored front rooms date back to the 18th century, but the newer spaces feature a spacious and modern kitchen, office and den. Just over the threshold new meets old where beautiful antiques are mingled with unique and modern art pieces. This house is very comfortable for play no site spielautomaten.
An early period farmhouse with a view of Fox Creek, this former boarding house and farm became the family home of Dr. Eugene A. Crockett. The property and its grounds were the setting for the inspiring, must-read memoir, The Orchard. Though equipped with modern systems, the kitchen is decorated to capture a nostalgic feel and this is the room where Kitty Crockett slept to keep warm. The home features multiple porches, entrances, fireplaces, a butler’s pantry with formal living and dining rooms and a sleeping porch off the master bedroom.
The Day Dodge House, circa 1737, is located in what was once the center of Ipswich commerce, at the intersection of East, North Main and High Streets. This wonderfully restored home has multiple fireplaces from different early periods, a grand central space and retains many of its original moldings and trims. The new kitchen blends modern amenities with salvaged boards and opens onto a porch and to a private and lush back yard. Prior to the restoration, the home was in a difficult state. It came as no surprise that the Ipswich Historical Commission presented the owners with the Mary P Conley Preservation award in 2008.
Mostly unseen from the road, this custom-built home is perched on the side of a hill on Great Neck. From its expansive deck one can take in broad views of gardens, natural foliage, Plum Island Sound and the sea. Within its airy and light atrium and open floor plan the owners have beautifully blended old and new touches to create a spacious and comfortable abode with inspiring views. Artistic glass work by the owner is on display throughout the home.
One of Ipswich’s most prominent architects is the owner and designer of this modern Arts and Crafts bungalow built in 1999. With its open concept design one cannot miss the exquisitely detailed wood work, tone-on-tone custom cabinets in the chef’s kitchen, wood floors and charming windows. The owners maintain a vintage phone booth with a working phone for special calls… A large and airy 3-season porch is a special attraction.