Essex domicile’s masterful influence
128 Apple St., Essex
Style: Shingle Style
Square feet: 4,753
Bathrooms: 3 1/2
Inspired by a now-vanished masterpiece of the shingle-style architectural school, this triangle-shaped home, clad in white cedar shingles, rises three stories above Essex’s salt marsh at the end of a sinuous driveway. This home was influenced by the William G. Low House in Bristol, R.I., demolished in 1962.
The unusual shape has its benefits: The rooms at each end of the house get sunlight in the morning and afternoon. Floors throughout are honey-toned oak.
The first floor is for community living: in the center is a formal dining room, slate blue, with floor-to-ceiling windows sporting views of the rolling yard, the mature landscape, and Witridges Creek.
There is a home office. Next to it is a very large living room awash with natural light, a working fireplace, transom windows, a grand piano, and a covered porch. At the opposite end of the house is a spacious, welcoming kitchen with high-end appliances, a dining space - and a smattering of comfy furniture placed in front of the large fireplace. Both the living room and kitchen get all-day light.
The second floor boasts three bedrooms with adequate closets, good light and views, and a tub with a shower. The master is spacious and has tray ceilings, a sitting area flanked by his-and-her walk-in closets, a large bathroom with a whirlpool tub and separate shower.
The apex of the triangle is the third floor which the current owners, who are now empty nesters after 18 years here, remodeled into a family room.
Palladian windows on the front and back of the house let lots of sunlight in. A fifth bedroom is in the basement with a full bath. The house is on well water and septic, which was updated in 2004. A porte-cochere leads to a two-car garage. The house is on a 10-acre lot.
Kristal Pooler of Kristal Pooler & Associates in Essex is the listing broker.