exterior of shore 1910 cottage with window additions
Photo: Michael J. Lee

Shore House with Charm

It was a serious case of water on the brain. For 10 long years, a Boston-area couple had looked for a house right on the shore without finding anything they loved. Turned off by the charmless McMansions multiplying on Cape Cod and Boston's North Shore and by skyrocketing prices for the area's waterfront property, they simply kept looking.

Shown: The facade looks largely as it did in 1910, but for the addition of windows on the second and third floors.

Interior designer: Jennifer Palumbo, Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design, Newton, MA; 617-332-1009
Kitchen designer: Donna Venegas, Venegas and Company, Boston, MA; 617-439-8800
Contractor and carpenter: Chris Monaco, Monaco-Johnson, Salem, MA; 978-745-0606
Built-ins: Dionne's Cabinetry, Salem, MA; 978-740-5922
Paint: OC-17 White Dove (living room, kitchen, dining room, and third-floor bedroom walls), Benjamin Moore
Pine flooring: Saulnier Hardwood Floors, Peabody, MA; 781-595-7232
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