Inside an Unprecedented Cape Cod Estate in Osterville – Sotheby´s International Realty
Beyond steadfast iron gates, a long private drive leads past an inviting tennis court and through an allée of trees to this palatial residence on the banks of Warren’s Cove. Exemplifying the quintessential style of the East Coast’s waterfront—with its gambrel roof, crisp cedar shingles, stately turret, and covered porches—it was created with careful thought, impeccable attention to detail, unspared expense, and an unprecedented dedication to the highest standards and quality. The result: a captivating venue for relaxed yet refined living and entertaining.
Osterville Massachusetts | Jack Cotton Jr., Sotheby’s International Realty – Osterville Brokerage
The interiors—in excess of 14,000 square feet—are dazzlingly distinctive, beginning in a foyer with deeply hued herringbone-patterned hardwood floors and a lovely staircase that—along with a rare elevator and an auxiliary staircase—connects all three levels. The heart of the home is a magnificent great room with a soaring ceiling, a striking modern fireplace and media wall, double-height sets of windows allowing for floods of light and picturesque southerly water views, an elegant crystal chandelier, and dining space designed for a crowd. The adjoining open kitchen steals the show with bold blue cabinetry that echoes the sea outside, two marble-topped islands—one with counter seating—classic cabinetry and hardware, regal golden accents, dramatic starburst light fixtures, and a stainless-steel range with double ovens. Nearby is a warm wood-paneled library with a coffered ceiling, a wall of built-in bookshelves, an adjoining wet bar with unique wine storage. On the level below, a beguiling periwinkle-blue cocktail bar recalling the speakeasies of old accompanies a media and game room with space for a built-in wide-screen television or monitor and a wine cellar with an impressive capacity.
One of seven bedrooms, the luxurious ground-level owner’s suite includes a serene sleeping space with French doors to a sun-washed terrace and a lavish bath with a singular rectangular soaking tub and a two-person shower—both with august detailing. A boutique-inspired closet with a window seat will impress any fashionista with its dressing island, shoe shelving and closet spaces with glass doors, multiple mirrored surfaces, and generous natural light. Each of the guest suites is similarly stylish and sophisticated. Two are secluded above the three-car garage in a guest apartment with a kitchenette, and one includes a delightful window-wrapped sitting area tucked into the home’s turret.
Elsewhere are a butler’s pantry, hobby and exercise rooms, office space, a light-flooded art studio with a wall of windows and French doors, a family room, a resort-caliber spa that includes a massage table and a salon, and two laundry rooms—one with ample cabinets and a farm sink set in marble countertops. The residence also offers an impressive array of versatile, flexible spaces capable of serving a variety of other purposes.
Glass-sided stairs rise to the home’s upper level, which primarily comprises an impressive great room encompassing living and dining spaces warmed by a dazzling double-sided steel fireplace and a streamlined chef’s kitchen with superior appliances and counter seating. Multiple senses are engaged here, with mesmerizing views, a notable tinted-glass-walled wine room, a wet bar, and theater components ingeniously concealed behind automatic sliding panels bearing a dramatic wood-grain pattern.
An expansive terrace, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, and multiple covered and open-air spaces for alfresco dining and lounging surround the alluring infinity-edge swimming pool. Beyond, vibrant verdant lawn stretches toward groves of stalwart trees, waving wild sea grasses, and a private dock that encourages relaxation and revelry on or near the water. In its entirety, the estate comprises 5.18 enviable acres that face south across the cove—in a grand, almost mythical way bringing to mind the fictional homes of Jay Gatsby and his social circle of early-20th-century jetsetters. Much like the estates that hosted their glamorous gatherings, this Cape Cod retreat epitomizes enduring American style, consummate luxury, sought-after prestige, and priceless proximity to hypnotic, inspiring coastal waters.
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