Real estate


Victorian boasts original hardwood floors, pocket doors, and an impressive neighbor

100 School St., Manchester-by-the-Sea; $899,000

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The kitchen features soapstone corners and custom cabinet work.

It’s really nice to be able to call the Atlantic Ocean neighbor, especially in a community so besotted with the briny it’s in the town’s name, but life in Manchester-by-the-Sea can be well enjoyed inland. This home is proof of that.

A compact version of a farmer’s porch offers a cordial welcome to this towering Victorian located across the street from a historic cemetery and Gothic Crowell Chapel. The foyer welcomes visitors with the pumpkin-colored hardwood flooring that greeted folks when the house was built in 1880. (The flooring can be found throughout the first and second levels.) Off the foyer is a living room with custom built-in cabinetry bathed in the natural light from banks of windows. Pocket doors separate this space from the dining room, which also has a bay window. The room’s focal point, however, is a fireplace with a white mantel and gas-stove insert.

From the dining room, a single French door connects to the kitchen, which sweetly mixes antique and modern touches. The antique look is delivered via the soapstone counters, bead board, and solid-wood cabinets painted white. Modern touches include an island with seating and a sink and stainless-steel appliances. The hood and refrigerator are hidden behind white paneling, and the stove has a white bottom drawer — features that help them all blend in with the rest of the cabinetry.


A mudroom, half bath, and a heated sunroom, with a skylight and a view of the backyard, are off the kitchen.

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Back in the foyer, a staircase with the original carved newel posts and railings leads to the second floor, where there are three bedrooms. The master accommodates a king-size bed without difficulty and has a smallish closet and an en-suite bath with a tile floor, shower, and single vanity. The other two bedrooms on this level are nicely sized and separated by a full bath. One has a closet with original built-in cabinetry, and the other has two.

The third floor contains a bedroom with three closets, including one lined in cedar, and an office/playroom with storage. The basement, where the laundry is located, is unfinished.

The backyard of this 0.13-acre property offers a shed, detached two-car garage, and a flat play area that ends at a low rocky hill rising toward Powder House Hill Reservation a short distance away. The home is a little more than a mile from Singing Beach and even closer to the commuter rail station.

The listing agent, Jessica Tully of Molisse Realty Group in Manchester-by-the-Sea, will hold an open house from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.



Style: Victorian

Year built: 1880

Square feet: 2,749

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 2 full, 1 half

Sewer/water: Public

Taxes: $6,896 (2016)

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The home has a farmer’s porch.
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Crowell Chapel, viewed from the back in this 2012 photo, is across the street from the home.
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The dining room offers a fireplace with a gas-stove insert.
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This newel post is original to the home.
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As are the railings and the flooring on most of the first and second levels.
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A window on the first floor.
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The master suite.
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The master bath.
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Another bedroom.
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The third-floor office.
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The home sits on 0.13 acres.
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The yard includes a shed.

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