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    Thanks to updates, 1720 Cape won’t act its age

    105 West St., Duxbury; $649,000

    Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
    The home is set on a 0.82-acre lot.

    To really appreciate this modified Cape, it helps to think of the house as if it were a quilt stitched together over time and the rooms are the pieces of cloth.

    The front door, set in the center of the home, leads into a vestibule with a Vermont-slate floor. This opens into a living room where the focal point is a fireplace with a white wooden mantel and brick firebox, positioned to warm any new arrivals quickly. That fireplace, though, is more than meets the eye; it’s double-sided. It warms the den, a keepsake from the original house with dark, wide-plank pine floors and exposed beams. The flooring in the rest of the home is a mixture of the original pine flooring and oak hardwood.

    To the left of the living room is the eat-in kitchen, a mixture of stainless-steel appliances, marble countertops, and gray solid-wood cabinets. The kitchen has a dining area, but the four-seat island, topped by a dark granite, is a great place to enjoy a cup of tea. A red-brick chimney bisects the rear wall, adding visual interest, and a slider leads to the deck and the backyard beyond. Store your exotic teas in the walk-in pantry.


    To the right of the living room is the master suite, a decidedly 21st-century concept. It offers access to the deck, a walk-in closet, and a shower-only bath with a single vanity. All of the bathrooms have been updated with marble counters and subway tile. A half bath and office (part of the master wing) complete this floor.

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    A broad stairwell leads to three bedrooms, which range from nicely sized to smallish. They share a full bath. The third floor houses a loft the current owner uses as a sewing room for her high-end nightgowns. It’s accessed via a “hobbit door,” the broker said. The basement is unfinished, and the electrical, heating, roof, plumbing, structure, and septic systems have been updated in the past decade.

    A mahogany deck runs along the back of the house and ends in a covered patio. It overlooks the 0.82-acre lot, of which sections remain densely wooded. The home is a brisk walk to North Hill Country Club, a nine-hole municipal golf course.

    An outbuilding offers parking for one vehicle and a heated bonus room or studio on the second level. This room is included in the home’s square footage.

    Sheri Sibley, owner of Vantage Point Realty Advisors in Duxbury, is the listing broker.



    Style: Cape

    Year built: 1720/1980s/2007

    Square feet: 3,200

    Bedrooms: 4

    Baths: 2 full, 1 half

    Sewer/water: Private/public

    Taxes: $7,069 (2016)

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    The living room
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    The dining area and kitchen
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    The den
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    The master bedroom
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    The master bath
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    An upstairs bedroom
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    The third-floor loft
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    The backyard
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    The outbuilding has parking for one car.
    Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
    The studio above the garage

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