A Private Paradise
Enter the Rhododendron-lined driveway, wind through 28 acres of sun-dappled woodlands and leave the world behind. To arrive at The Chimneys is to cross a threshold into a sanctuary of grandeur, quiet and peace.
The 13,000sf home, with its distinctive seven chimneys and 12 fireplaces, commands a bluff above the Atlantic Ocean. While the half-mile driveway shields the residence from the world’s intrusive sounds, only when visitors mount the steps to the foyer are the horizon-to-horizon seascapes revealed and they hear the magical metronome of ocean waves. Yet, while this singular property is very private, it is not isolated; five minutes to the restaurants, yacht harbor, golf course and colonial charm of 1645 Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts; 18 minutes to jet-friendly (and rarely fogged-in) Beverly Airport; and 40 minutes by car or train to the shops, museums, restaurants and cultural attractions of historic Boston.
The Georgian Colonial Revival residence was completed in 1904 and completely renovated between 1996 and 1998, with the infrastructure updated to contemporary standards while great care was taken to respect and restore the home’s beautiful historic details. The Chimneys’ sensibilities are refined but the ambience is casual, a home to make owners proud and their family snug. Currently there are eight bedrooms, with seven full baths and two powder rooms. In addition to the formal Dining Room, Living Room, and Art Library, the ground floor includes the informal Music Room, Garden Library and Family Room, the latter with the most used fireplace in the house. A spacious, custom Kitchen is augmented by an open butler’s pantry and features a side-by-side wood-fired oven and Tuscan grill.
On the second floor, the Master Suite incorporates a generously-sized bathroom for two including a Powder Room with an ocean view. The Master Bedroom has its own outdoor terrace and links to a gleaming mahogany Dressing Room connecting to a Media Room and Library. The entire suite can be closed off for ultimate privacy. Two of the second-floor guest rooms have ocean views and another two overlook an acre of lawn. The third floor retains the original butler’s suite plus two more staff or guest bedrooms with a shared bath.
The 4200sf Carriage House has been fully restored. Its ground floor, now an office, once accommodated a car collection and occasionally morphed into a family party space. The two-bedroom apartment above has alternatively served as a home for senior staff and family lodging for summer guests.
This substantial oceanfront property encompasses 700 feet of white sand beach, owned to the mean low waterline under 1641 Massachusetts law. Just seven families share the beach and, through an informal association, they and their guests may access its entire 4/10 mile strand. It is a rare day when more than a handful of adults, kids and their dogs can be seen enjoying this spectacular amenity.
The centerpiece of The Chimneys are its gardens, seven stately acres of plantings designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. between 1906 and 1914, then historically restored in 1992. They flow from a Water Terrace on the bluff, to the Lavender Terrace and a white-flower Tea Terrace before descending to an allée that passes rows of raised vegetable beds and leads to a Rose Garden. The garden complex is complimented by original Olmsted structures, a delightful child’s Tree House and a new Orangerie in the Olmsted style.
Over 175 years, just three families have owned the original Dana estate and for 117 years, just two families have experienced the incomparable pleasure of living at The Chimneys. Will you and your family be next?