North River Retreat

A historic stable house overlooks Scituate’s North River

By colby radomski

While the South Shore has its share of historic homes, it is rare to find such character as that found at 26 Neal Gate St. in Scituate. Formerly a horse’s stable, the residence retains many of the original structure’s architectural facets, while offering modern conveniences.

Through the main side entryway there is a foyer, which opens up to an expansive open-concept first floor with beautiful custom millwork, including wooden beam cathedral ceilings and dark stained wainscoting, beadboard and molding. Gleaming hickory wood floors, sourced from Vermont, span the entire ground floor, creating a warm and bright contrast to the cool tones of the dark wood elements.

To the right of the foyer is a formal dining and living room with a brick fireplace, a street-facing walk-out balcony, and an attached study that is located in what was formerly a horse’s stall. An original wood and wrought-iron barn door separates the two rooms and there is even an antique horse’s water trough in one corner, now used for decoration.

On the opposite end of the home is a massive sunlit great room with an elevated designer kitchen furnished with white marble countertops, custom mahogany shaker-style cabinetry, an apron-front farmer’s sink and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances including a 48-inch Viking range with a pot filler faucet, Sub-Zero refrigerator and double drawer dishwashers. While contemporary, the kitchen aligns with the rustic charm of the home. Two separate sets of atrium-style doors located on opposite sides of the great room lead to the backyard as well as a sizable deck located on the eastern side of the house. It is an ideal setting for watching the early morning sunrise with a cup of coffee in hand. A den (which could be used as an additional study), half bathroom and a tiny sit-in phone booth are all located behind the kitchen.

There are four bedrooms on the second level of the home, including a master suite with a sitting room and a white marble en suite bathroom with a mahogany double sink vanity and stall shower. The bedroom also has a large walk-in closet and a private Juliette balcony with tranquil views of the marsh and North River beyond. The room is architecturally stunning, with vaulted mahogany ceilings and the barn’s original cupola. There’s a wood-burning fireplace and plenty of natural light streaming in by way of the atrium-style doors and transoms facing the south. In addition to the three remaining bedrooms on the second level, there is a carpeted loft space on a third floor that is currently used as a bonus entertainment room as well as extra guest quarters (with two built-in twin-sized beds). On the home’s lowermost level, is a newly finished workout room with a tiled bathroom as well as a large storage/workshop area and access to a heated two-bay garage with sliding barn-style doors.

While the décor of the home has been completely refreshed and updated, this 1900s-style bayside beauty retains a historic, country appeal and a distinct coastal charm. With striking views of the North River, the home is a tranquil retreat.

4,530 square feet
3 full, 1 half
1.27 acres
Paul Jevne
The Jevne Team, Coldwell Banker

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