Great sailing, warm water and wonderful family gatherings: That’s how Dick Godfrey of Santa Barbara, Calif., remembers his parents’ home on the inner portion of Sippican Harbor in Marion, Mass.
“Almost every day at noon we’d raise the sails in calm water for a sail to Quisset for a swim when the wind picked up around 1, then sail back with 15 knots of breeze behind us,” he says.
After the passing of his parents, Godfrey and eight cousins assumed ownership of the family home. Now they are scattered across the country and have decided it’s “time to move on,” says Godfrey, 78, retired managing director of Trust Company of the West, a private bank and investment firm.
The 0.66-acre property with about 125 feet of bulkheaded waterfront, a private dock, a classic Cape Cod-style four-bedroom, three-bath home and a two-car detached garage is on the market for $1,995,000.
“This house is a natural for a sailor,” he says. “We’re on the protected and quieter inner harbor, with [unobstructed] access to Buzzards Bay. We’d often sail over to Woods Hole or West Falmouth for lunch, anchor off Quisset or sail out to the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket or beyond.”
The gazebo on the dock is their gathering place for afternoon cocktails and to watch the yachting activity. It’s especially popular when the adjacent Beverly Yacht Club hosts the start of the Marion-Bermuda Race, as it did in 2013.
Swimming in the warm water, kayaking the mile-wide inner harbor — where beautiful homes line both shores — bicycling, tennis at the Sippican Tennis Club and sailing at the yacht club kept family members of all ages active, usually outdoors.
The year-round home is designed for casual comfort. Flanking the front entry are a bedroom with a fireplace and private bath and a den or formal living room with a fireplace. Both overlook the streetside gardens, and the living room extends across the waterfront facade. Its glass wall (two bay windows with window seats and a central atrium door) provide expansive harbor views and access to the spacious, fieldstone-lined slate terrace and lawn overlooking the water. Hardwood floors and white walls create an airy ambience, letting the view be the focal point.
An L-shaped counter separates the living room from the kitchen, where cabinets and appliances line the other two walls. “The cook is not shut away, but can see what’s going on inside and out on the terrace and lawn,” Godfrey says. The adjacent dining area has similar views.
The separate master bedroom wing features a beamed ceiling, private bath and harbor views.
Upstairs two bedrooms overlooking the harbor share a full bath.
“By the garage we have a wonderful outdoor shower with hot and cold water, perfect for kids or sandy swimmers,” he says.
They kept their kayaks and Boston Whaler at the dock, which has about 4-foot depths at mean low water. Tides are about 4 or 5 feet.
“Marion is a hidden gem, with beautiful homes and no hotel, so it gets little traffic,” Godfrey says. “It’s off I-95, yet we’re only an hour’s drive from Providence and Boston. The beach is less than a half-mile from our house and we can walk to restaurants and a little country store that caters meals.”
“Life shrinks as we get older,” he says. “Hopefully another family will come along and have as good a time here as we did.”
The house, built in 1932, later updated and expanded, has gas-fired forced air heat, a wood shingle exterior, a composition shingle roof and public water and sewer service. The property is professionally landscaped. Annual taxes are about $21,000.
Margot Kalkanis (774) 526-0471 (cell) of Converse Co. Realtors, Marion, Mass., (508) 748-0200, www.conversecompanyrealtors.com, lists the property.
Photos by Tyra Pacheco
September 2013 issue