Away from the town and in a world of its own are the homes of Ipswich with views of the ocean, river and marshes. These Homes are 4 examples of homes with scenic water views, of which Ipswich has many. Despite all of the houses having wonderful views, each has a significantly different character.
“Seaplumb” is located on Great Neck overlooking Clark Pond. A former lodge for duck hunting, it is now a fabulous two story, contemporary, shingled cottage home with open floor plan and rows of glass windows. Come to experience nature, the sloping lawns, the gardens and the expansive ocean view that stretches to Halibut point in Rockport. The owners have tastefully decorated this home with comfortable modern furniture, period antiques, case clocks and an extensive art collection. The home is a virtual art gallery featuring the work of owner and the couple’s extensive collection of pieces done by local artists. Originally, an L shaped ranch house built by the Mosely family in 1970, come to experience first hand this beautifully transformed home sitting on a knoll on Great Neck.
Built in the early 1920′s, on a hill used as summer grazing for cattle, the builders of this lovely home were gentleman duck hunters. Originally, it was a retreat that afforded them access to Clark Pond. This prominent home stands on the crest of the hill. The stone chimney and outer walls are original to the house. Two separate renovations were added by former owner, Leah, designed to accommodate her family of four after WW2. The home is surrounded by a lush landscape designed by Leah as her thesis requirement at Radcliffe College Garden design course of study. She carried this out with little assistance, bringing in rocks for the rockery, building the grape arbor and planting a wide selection of trees, shrubs and plants appropriate for a windy seaside climate. The current owners have enriched the landscape with additional plantings through out the grounds. You will find a wide variety of trees in the yard: Andromedas, a tulip tree, a Bradford Pear and a curly maple. The perennial beds are enhanced with annuals seasonally. You will also see a range of shrubs, rhododendron , a spindle-tree and a number of roses among the beds. The tender shrubs, large ferns and flowering maples spend the winter indoors. This home is decorated with antique furnishings, artwork, exotic personal collections and large cultivated jade plants. The interior decor, the garden rooms, the circular drive and the soothing ocean views all add to the beauty of this special home.
Located on Great Neck, the owners fell in love with Ipswich after discovering Cape Ann’s beauty, turning their summer home, a single level 1950s ranch into their permanent residence. Extensive remodeling has turned this house into a spectacular 3 level home with an open floor plan great room and designer kitchen, multi-level decks, a pool and dramatic ocean and conservation land views. The many details of this house make it a great example of an Ipswich coastal dream home. Ipswich designer Larry Levesque created the plans which were built by Cary Johnson of Open Meadow Homes, also of Ipswich.
Small with elegant simplicity, the owner purchased this house 5 years ago and opened the floor plan up to let in more light. The walls are painted off-white to best display the pictures and oddments from years of cruising on sailboats. Most floors were done in pickled and varnished wood, while a screened porch was added to allow the open air feel of sailing. Located off Jeffrey’s Neck with an expansive view of the Ipswich Marsh to Great Neck, this house is a great example of an affordable, smaller footprint house that has been tastefully rehabilitated to provide a great quality of life.