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Cape's farmer's porch offers a warm welcome

February 1, 2009

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DANVERS - The chimney, wrapped in sand-toned stones, juts above this contemporary Cape with a welcoming farmer's porch that provides a front seat for the Porter River across the street. The porch has ceiling fans and a hammock, and is reachable through French doors. Inside, the front room has a cathedral ceiling, dormer windows high above that provide light and a stone-clad fireplace mantel. The rectangular kitchen, clad in cherry red paint, easily absorbs a table for six and space aplenty for the cabinets, in a mellow brown, and stainless steel appliances. The charcoal-toned granite countertops have blue highlights to match the floor.

The master bedroom is just off the kitchen and seems both huge - it holds a California king bed - and yet intimate. The master bath has a Jacuzzi, a two-person marble shower and connection for a steam bath. It also holds a walk-in closet. The bedroom itself has a private door to a deck and the windows look out onto the largest piece of the 16,000-square-foot lot. The first floor also has what could be a home office, with a separate door to the driveway. It too is large and has the same nine-foot ceilings found elsewhere in the house. A half bath and laundry space hidden behind closet doors complete the first floor.

Currently, the second floor has two good-sized bedrooms perfect for children and a full bath in marble with black highlights. This is also where angles of the Cape's design affects the interior space, as some rooms are smaller, while there's also extensive, unheated storage space. The house has three-zone heating and central air. The basement has a sump pump. The yard has a fenced dog run.

Listing broker Candice Pagliarulo of New Generation Properties in Malden is the listing broker.

JOHN RICHARDSON ELLEMENT