02 Sep Magic on Cape Cod
As far as East Coast summer retreats go, few balance privacy, geography and acreage with the sort of grace that defines this exceptional Cape Cod estate. Situated less than a half-mile from Nauset Beach and two miles from town, the enviable property remains hidden from the road, set behind a privacy gate.
A ¼-mile driveway leads to the stately main residence, surrounded by lush trees, foliage and verdant lawn. The architecture pays homage to the local Cape Cod vernacular with a classic, shingle-style exterior. Greek Revival-style columns elevate it to a timeless state of elegance.
Despite its scale, the residence has been designed to embrace the comfort and charm of the Cape. A thoughtfully conceived floorplan harmonizes grand spaces for everyday family living, entertaining and moments of solitude. Pitched ceilings, French doors and a dramatic wall of two-story windows fill the entryway and living room with wonderful natural light. The living room is anchored by tradition: a wood-burning fireplace, custom built-ins and bookshelves. The formal dining room flows into the family room with a wet bar, fireplace and custom TV niche. Opening to the family room, the full professional-grade chef’s kitchen creates a modern-day gathering place where everyone can be together with an eat-up peninsula bar, adjoining breakfast nook and Thermador 48” gas range and griddle, double oven and gas wok station. A convenient walk-in pantry and butler’s pantry with accompanying wine refrigerator and built-in Miele coffee machine, add to the functionality of the kitchen for entertaining family or friends. For quiet time, the library serves as an ideal escape with its rich wood paneling, custom bookshelves, fireplace and adjacent half bath. When it’s time to be social, a home theater and a game room with billiards, ping-pong, skee ball plus a two-lane bowling alley provide the fun. Meanwhile, a fully stocked gym and an eight-person sauna ensure that all of your wellness needs can be met without ever having to leave the property.
Seven private bedroom suites, a children’s wing and a sumptuous master wing complete the main residence. Each of the bedrooms suites have been designed to feel like private retreats. The master suite maintains a dignified yet warm ambiance, replete with a cozy fireplace and French doors opening to a private balcony. A large walk-in closet is graced by windows overlooking the gardens, while the serene bath inspires comparisons to hotel spas with dual sinks, limestone countertops, an oversized steam shower and a deep-jetted tub.
Beyond the main residence, there are two other detached structures on the compound. A detached guesthouse offers visitors another layer of privacy with a living area, a full kitchen with a table for four, a bedroom and bath. A detached artist’s studio also offers an inspiring space in which to explore one’s creativity. Between all of these structures, there is approximately 12,000 square feet of living space.
Given its magical tree-shrouded setting, the estate feels like a world unto its own with meandering trails, manicured lawns, gardens and resort-style amenities. While you can easily walk, ride or drive to nearby Nauset Beach for a beach day, there is no reason to leave the grounds. An onsite tennis court, sand volleyball court, basketball hoop, heated gunite pool and large spa with jets and waterfall ensure hours of play throughout the summer months. There are also plenty of spaces for lounging too — like the pool house, where a living room, fireplace and walls of glass fully open to the pool area. A half bath, separate shower and state-of-the-art Kalamazoo outdoor kitchen with grill, rotisserie, sink, beverage center, refrigerator, dishwasher and custom-built stone pizza oven combine to create an outdoor experience that honors the Cape Cod lifestyle. The invitation to enjoy the fresh salt air is found in the hiking and biking trails, the large front porch overlooking the entire property, the private pond and the Zen meditation area. In each of these offerings, the message of the Cape is heard. Slow down and enjoy life.
This landmark property is a beach retreat for the generations — a place where old traditions are followed and new traditions are made in a one-of-a-kind setting.