A stunning waterfront property in HinghamBy Ann Luongo
Waterfront property on Hingham Harbor is hard to come by these days, let alone homes with a sizeable piece of land. The eye-catching property at 155 Otis St., however, offers an impressive 223 feet of direct water frontage in the Crow Point neighborhood.
The lovingly restored antique was originally constructed in 1875 and features a mix of old and new architectural styles. The home has an open floor plan and many original period details but has been extensively modernized for comfortable living. When guests arrive, they walk through an entryway with marble floors and into a spacious sitting room outfitted with a brick wood-burning fireplace and windows overlooking a manicured lawn and the sparkling water beyond. The fireplace has two return vents, so heat continues to flow into the room, instead of up the chimney, when it is in use. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the home add warmth and charm.
The home’s casual dining area also has spectacular views. With cathedral ceilings and numerous windows the space feels open and bright. Two classic black candelabra hang over the dining area and French doors open up to a stone patio, which connects to a lower-level pea stone patio.
The kitchen is a chef’s dream, with two separate food prep areas each with a sink and dishwasher, as well as a six-burner Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a marble-topped island. There is also a built-in brick pizza oven and a separate warming oven. Beyond the kitchen are a large pantry and a half bath.
Next to the kitchen is a stunning formal dining room, currently home to a long farm table that seats 14, suitable for large dinner parties. A brick, wood-burning fireplace with a thick stone mantel adds character to the room and Dutch doors provide easy access to the kitchen. Across the room, two long window seats positioned beneath a large window are separated by a marble slab that houses the room’s heating element.
The home has many unexpected surprises, including a turret with a window seat at the top of the stairs and another spacious sitting area that offers views of the harbor as well as the rocky shoreline and rolling hills of World’s End, a 251-acre park managed by the Trustees of Reservations. White columns add dimension to the room. Off this sitting area there is a small office with built-in, floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a “librarian’s ladder” to access the higher shelves. French doors open to an expansive formal living room that can easily accommodate a baby grand piano and furnishings.
The master suite has a walk-in closet and a mix of antique and modern touches. The room has spectacular morning sun and water views, and has a slider to a small deck. The master bath offers a deep, step-up tub, tiled shower and a built-in hutch. A guest bedroom has a large closet and oversized windows. It shares a bathroom with a smaller bedroom (previously known as a “maid’s bedroom”) with a convenient laundry area. Up one more flight of stairs are two more bedrooms with dormered ceilings. One of the rooms has water views and a deck.
The pièce de résistance of this wonderful property is its guest house, renovated circa 2003. A covered walkway leads from the main house to what’s called “the barn.” Inside, a bright great room with high ceilings greets visitors. Window seats flank French doors that lead to a deck that overlooks Hingham Harbor. A small bedroom with a laundry area and a full bath with a claw foot tub and a large vanity complete the first floor. Upstairs in the barn loft, a large bedroom overlooks the water as well as the great room.
An unfinished basement has radiant heat flooring and is the perfect spot for a utility or game room, with a door that leads to a two-car garage. Blending the beauty of an antique home with modern luxuries, this home is a unique find with a spectacular waterfront setting.
5,147 square feet
3 full, one half
Hammond Residential Real Estate