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322 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, , 01907 Dated Posted: May 28, 2017


Susan Kerr

Sagan Realtors


o: 781-479-0877

m: 781-771-5528

Circa 1883

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About This Old House

In 1883, this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian with Eastlake influence was built across from Swampscott Harbor in Massachusetts, using very high quality materials and workmanship. Through the years, the house has been lovingly and thoughtfully maintained, and today it awaits its next owner who will bask in the unobstructed ocean views and relish living among museum quality features. Any direction you look – inside and out — you’re surrounded by incredible craftsmanship, art, and beauty. A grand, stained glass window with multi-color bullet glass welcomes you as you enter. You’ll find architectural details, such as a three-story turret with curved windows; a wraparound porch with pillars; three elaborately detailed, period fireplaces; a slate roof with finial and ornamental chimneys. Other historical features include an 1879 cast iron wall stove; crystal chandeliers; a butler’s pantry with cherry woodwork and marble counter; inlaid borders on parquet hardwood floors; plaster ceiling medallions; arched doorways and high ceilings; original doors with original brass hardware; hand-painted flower murals, and on. Influences based on English architect and designer Charles Eastlake include tile in the entry vestibule and carvings in the living room/parlor fireplace, and on.

On the second floor of the main part of the house, there is a lovely master bedroom, which includes ocean views and a sitting room with a fireplace with Shakespearean tiles. There are two other comfortable bedrooms with ocean views on this floor and two redone bathrooms with marble and stone. On the third floor, there’s a serene retreat with multiple windows to showcase the spectacular ocean views. For entertaining, there’s a sizable wraparound porch, beautiful gardens with a pergola, and formal dining and living rooms. This home includes a separate, spacious, au pair apartment with two bedrooms, a kitchen, and living room. The property, which is zoned two-family, could make a wonderful single family home, or with an update, it could be a two-family dwelling. One could even explore the possibility of a bed and breakfast.

This exquisite property has been meticulously maintained with numerous, substantial updates and is ready to be handed off to its next thoughtful owner. The house received a Swampscott Historical Commission Preservation and Restoration Award in 2014. The current owner will leave historic photos on the walls and a binder, bulging with photos and even an audio recording with comments on the house from the spouse of an earlier occupant.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to own a unique slice of history in the vibrant, oceanfront community of Swampscott, Massachusetts!

Special notes — The property isn’t on a historical register. Another key factor — it doesn’t require flood insurance. It has spectacular ocean views, but due to its specific location, flood insurance isn’t required!

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