Circa 1883322 Humphrey St.
Swampscott, Massachusetts, 01907
Style | Queen Anne
Property type | Single-Family Home
Date listed | September 1, 2014
Status | Off Market
- 3344 sq ft
- 5 beds
- 3 baths
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, panoramic ocean views and relish living among museum quality features that are reminders of years gone by. 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; an 1879 cast iron wall stove; original wood doors with original brass hardware; a butler’s pantry with cherry woodwork and marble counter; inlaid borders on parquet hardwood floors; plaster ceiling medallions; arched doorways and high ceilings; 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 that includes a sitting room with a fireplace, and there are two other comfortable bedrooms 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 is a wonderful single family home, or with an update, it could be a two-family dwelling, or it could make a fabulous 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 owners. The current owners 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!
The house recently was given a Swampscott Historical Commission 2014 Preservation Award.
Special note — Another great factor regarding this property — it doesn’t require flood insurance. It has spectacular ocean views, but due to its specific location, flood insurance isn’t required!