Luxury Homes

Beverly mansion sells for record price: $18.2 million

Versatile athlete and socialite Eleanora Sears broke gender barriers here.

34 Paine Ave Beverly MA rear exterior
The 34-room mansion sits above a stony outcrop next to a private beach. Matt Surette

A seaside Beverly mansion that featured as its Luxury Home of the Week has sold for a record-breaking price.

The Georgian Revival at 34 Paine Ave. — a 34-room estate in Prides Crossing with 11 bedrooms, 11 full baths, and three half baths — was listed for $22,000,000 on July 8, 2021, and sold for $18,275,000, according to Douglas Elliman. According to the Multiple Listing Service, it was the most expensive sale in city history. MLS does not include off-market transactions. The next closest in price on MLS was the $6,495,000 paid for 22 Haven Way in Beverly Farms.

George Sarkis, cofounder of The Sarkis Team at Douglas Elliman, handled the sale for the seller. Tracy Campion of Campion & Co. was the buyer’s agent.


“The home is dubbed ‘Rock Edge’ for its placement above a stony shore,” Megan O’Brien,‘s Luxury Home of the Week writer, reported in 2021. “It overlooks Beverly Harbor and a private beach with deeded access given to only five families. The home measures 27,313 square feet on a 3-acre lot. Visitors will drive past a carriage house at the gate before setting eyes on the three-story estate with a brick façade and limestone accents.”

“While the home has been fully renovated with quality, high-end finishes, it was imperative to the homeowner, Charlie Benevento, to respect the integrity of the home and incorporate original, historic characteristics such as Tuscan columns on the exterior and [to] top the 16-foot ceilings with restored crown molding inside,” Douglas Elliman said in a news release. “Charlie tapped designer Linda Zarifi for the interior design.” 

34 Paine Ave Beverly MA Rock Edge
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34 Paine Ave Beverly Ma kitchen
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34 Paine Ave Beverly MA stairwell
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34 Paine Ave Beverly MA marble bathroom
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“Rock Edge was most famously owned by the versatile athlete and socialite Eleanora Sears, who acquired the property in 1940,” O’Brien reported. “Her time there was even the subject of a book, ‘Prides Crossing: The Unbridled Life and Impatient Times of Eleanora Sears.’ ” 

It was the first time the estate hit the market in 50 years.


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