Sailor’s Hideaway

Osterville home features timeless, nautical design

By Colby Radomski | Photos by Craig Anderson

Tucked along winding Sea View Avenue, mere minutes from the Wianno Club, the home numbered 850 offers prospective homebuyers luxurious coastal living in a private, natural setting.

Surrounded by mature plantings of rhododendrons and pine trees, the shingle-style home with a detached two-car garage features a modest, yet sophisticated design that reflects the traditions of Cape Cod wooden ship building. The residence, custom designed by D.C.-based firm Merle Thorpe Architects, features an open concept suitable for comfortable family living and year-round entertaining.

Through the main entrance, the open foyer foreshadows the meticulous detail throughout the house. Walls feature custom millwork and wainscoting, and there’s even a built­-in bench under the curved staircase. With its neutral color palette, fine wood details, including quarter sawn oak floors and curved walls, and nautical touches like brass boat hardware and lighting, the home has a timeless style. An abundance of natural light, as well as cool cross breezes from the nearby ocean, streams through oversized doors and windows. Standing to the right of the foyer, the formal living room boasts beautiful white wainscoted walls, a slate-faced fireplace and antique brass light fixtures reminiscent of those onboard a sailboat. The room opens to the first of two screened-in indoor/outdoor living spaces, complete with a mahogany deck floor and views of the sprawling one-acre property.

At the opposite end of the home is the main living area. En route to this wing is a custom, nautical-inspired mahogany wet bar, a sizable indoor dining room and another screened-in indoor/outdoor space designated as a second dining room that showcases an antique Russian submarine chandelier. Following an open concept layout, the great room unfolds with a gourmet kitchen furnished with top-of-the-line appliances and amenities, including a professional-grade gas range and hood, Sub Zero refrigerator, gray soapstone countertops and a teak and holly center island with eating space for three. Adjacent to the kitchen is a second, smaller kitchen meant for accessible outdoor dining, a less formal dining area as well as a family room with a fireplace and built-in work station.

Two separate staircases lead to the home’s second story, which features seven bedrooms, including a kids’ wing, a stately master suite and several guest rooms. The children’s wing features three bedrooms—two are adjoined by a shared bathroom and one has its own attached. The suite also features its own playroom/media room. The master quarters is a sight to behold with its own private balcony overlooking the backyard, separate his-and-hers closets and a beautiful marble-clad bathroom with an antique soaking tub sourced from San Francisco.

While there is ample living and entertaining space inside, homeowners will find plenty of reasons to play outdoors as well. The home also features a massive in-ground gunite pool with waterslide, a sprawling lawn and deeded Nantucket Sound beach rights as well as access to Eel River.

With its fine craftsmanship and a design that blends harmoniously with its natural surroundings, this Osterville home is truly an escape.

6,419 square feet
6 full, 2 half
1.22 acres
Peggy Rowland
Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

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