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Essex domicile’s masterful influence

(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
By John R. Ellement
Globe Staff / October 2, 2011

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128 Apple St., Essex

Price: $995,000

Style: Shingle Style

Built: 1986

Square feet: 4,753

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3 1/2

Sewer: Private

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.

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