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“Piney Point: not just a place to live or a tract of land, but a whole way of life."
—Title from the cover of the original sales brochure for the development of Piney Point, Marion, Massachusetts, c.1938
In 1936, Roger W. Converse, a name which over time has become synonymous with the town of Marion, decided that a wooded area abutting Wings Cove—offering views and access to the Cape Cod Canal entrance and Falmouth—would be a marvelous place to attract families who desired the best life had to offer.
Promoting social and lifestyle activities—including access to golf, tennis, sailing, and a beach club with a collection of two-room cabanas—Converse’s keen insight into what the day’s wealthy families desired for a summer residence has been proved correct.
While Piney Point may have been the first gated community in New England, the pillars at its entrance remain, although the chain has come down at this desirable seaside hamlet, offering contemporary living in a sprawling waterfront community.
With proximity to amenities that Converse envisioned initially, his first-of-its-kind development remains intact. Even today, the term “Piney Point” instantly evokes an image of quality, luxury, and old-school charm.
Located minutes from Boston, Providence, and areas of Connecticut, the enclave is considered the most desirable location to raise a family, due to Marion’s appeal.
The village is home to the Beverly Yacht Club, an authentic general store (which still has running accounts for the locals), a post office, Tabor Academy prep school, and all the other necessary components which create a neighborhood of convenience and interest.
While some towns feel a need to change their look and create artificially landscaped or overtly pristine areas of commerce to attract home buyers, the friendly streets of Marion remain as they were generations ago—and that’s okay with those living there. The slow pace and relaxed mood are palpable, permeating just about everywhere in town, whether it’s a workday or weekend.
If you’ve searched for an uninterrupted and faultless water view, it’s possible you’ve been led to believe that most waterfront properties are alike, with the best locations unavailable.
Some homes do have views, with others providing access to the ocean’s edge. But, in examining your short-list of the most desirable homes along the coast, few offer a beautiful rolling lawn extending from an expansive deck to the shoreline, complemented by the most astonishing panoramic views from practically every room in the house. Thirty-seven Piney Point Road, also known as the Pyle House, is a very exceptional property worth a second look.
Enhancing this home’s desirability for a discerning family is the stone pier, finished with a wooden walkway which extends to a floating dock that will accommodate a vessel requiring up to a six-foot draft. The option of having one or more boats or other watercraft enhances the appeal of this location.
This stately and luxurious home sits high on a bluff (out of the flood zone), and is set on over two acres of land. Its views will captivate and spellbind those who find it mandatory to have an unobstructed water view. The dual residence, within a single footprint, encompasses 5,800 square feet and would be most desirable for a family of multiple generations.
Living quarters include a central residence with three bedrooms, a lavish master suite, and an open area kitchen and dining room which takes in the most incredible views and brilliant light. Adjacent to all of this delight is a formal living room representing an impeccable level of entertaining or relaxation.
Attached by a skillfully constructed passage boasting built-in storage and creative use of windows is a guest residence with an additional two bedrooms and a bunk room that will fit all the grandchildren.
This exceptional property offers two kitchens, two separate and private living spaces, a three-season room, and the most complete and exhilarating workout/exercise/yoga room to be found.
Accompanying the comforts of this home is a two-car garage, a separate driveway to the guest residence, and a boathouse.
The peace and tranquility, as well as the privacy allocated by old-growth pines—giving the area its name—is second to none.
This water view estate is the perfect location to raise a family, create cherished memories, and build upon family traditions.
A perfect getaway location or for a long-term plan, few properties will engulf all of your senses and make you long to join others with similar tastes, preferences, and an appreciation for this level of lifestyle.
The private compound is offered at $3,699,000 by Converse Company Realtors, a boutique real estate business located at 166 Front Street, Marion, Mass.
To plan a tour or for additional information regarding this home, please contact Margaret Gee, Kristin Feeney, or Margot (Feeney) Kalkanis at conversecompanyrealtors.com or by calling 508-748-0200.
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