The Chimneys, Historic Manchester, MA Summer House Lists for $24M
195 Summer Street, Manchester, Massachusetts, United States, 01944
An architecturally intriguing oceanfront estate with ties to architect Raleigh Gildersleeve and the Olmsted Brothers has hit the market in Manchester, Massachusetts for $24,000,000. The property was developed by Gardiner Martin Lane, who commissioned his brother-in-law, Raleigh Gildersleeve, to design the sprawling summer house that sits on the property today. In 1902 the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm was commissioned to plan a number of garden areas surrounding the large Georgian Colonial Revival manor. These included an exceptional water garden with a central fountain and four separate water beds, each surrounded by a marble ledge and separated by grass walkways, a lovely trellis overlooking the water garden and a charming tea house with a sweeping lawn. All of these significant gardens and structures remain on the property today. The residence spans more than 13,000 square feet with eight bedrooms, seven full and one half bathrooms, as well as twelve fireplaces, an elegant dining room with hand-painted wallpaper, a music room and custom kitchen. It last sold in 1991 after sitting empty for several years. The owner then embarked on a two and a half year journey restoring and renovating the historic residence. The commanding bluff top setting allows breathtaking ocean views while remaining private and tranquil. Extending 28.02 acres, the grounds also include a 4,000 square foot carriage house, two-bedroom apartment, a 1902 Sears playhouse and access to a white sand beach that is accessible to just seven families. For 175 years, just three families have owned this one-of-a-kind residence. A chance to become the next steward of this singular estate is unlikely to happen again for many decades. It’s on the market for $24,000,000 with Sotheby’s International Realty.