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For sale: beach houses on Cape Ann

These properties in Rockport and Gloucester offer a perfect escape.




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BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $199,300 in 1993

Paula Murphy, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 978-559-1465,

PROS This sweet little cottage with a front porch is located right on the Long Beach boardwalk. The town of Rockport owns the land, and homeowners pay a yearly fee of about $2,500. (Water is turned on from April 15 to October 15.) The kitchen is generous; the bedrooms tiny. There’s a stackable washer/dryer in the bath. The loft upstairs has room for a double bed and two twins, plus great views. It rents for about $2,250 a week. CONS Good thing swimsuits and flip-flops don’t take up much room, since closet space is nil.




LOT SIZE > 0.65 acre

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $710,000 in 2002

Bruce Bain, Pinnacle Fine Homes & Investments, 978-884-2067

PROS This contemporary home has deeded rights to the private, gated Coffins Beach, about a five-minute walk away. Wingaersheek Beach, meanwhile, is just down the street. The living room has a wall of 16 casement windows, offering views of the beach when the trees are bare, and is open to the kitchen with stainless appliances and granite. The master bedroom (which, like all the bedrooms, is small) has its own half bath. The home fetches $3,500 a week for summer rentals. A yearly $600 association fee covers the cost of security and plowing. CONS The driveway light posts were someone’s idea of modern in 1968.




LOT SIZE > 0.5 acre

BEDROOMS > 2 BATHS > 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

Theresa Scatterday, J Barrett & Co., 978-865-1237,

PROS Built in 2004 on land that was once part of a Coast Guard station, this pristine one-level home at Gap Cove has serene ocean views from several rooms. The waterfront here is rocky, but sandy Old Garden Beach is less than half a mile away. The kitchen, eating area, and living room are open to one another. A room used as a studio could be a third bedroom. It has been a year-round home but would rent for about $2,000 a week in summer. CONS The kitchen location of the washer and dryer isn’t ideal.

— Vanessa Parks
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