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Your Home: Summer Living

Taking it to the beach

Empty nesters turn their Plum Island property into a year-round haven.

The living area’s stone fireplace surround and zebrawood veneer pick up on the hues of sand and dune grass.

With their daughter, Natalia, about to head off to college, the couple, who had lived in a 3,500-square-foot restored Victorian in Essex for many years, had been looking to downsize. Having recently moved their business, Mark Richey Woodworking, to Newburyport, they had talked about relocating their home base to the coastal community, too. When Teresa happened upon the property, a tiny bungalow on the ocean, she knew she had to act fast.

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