The Moorings at Norton’s Point, c.1883 Waterfront Home Sells for $8.65M
SOLD | Built c.1883 | 7,163 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 4.5+ Baths | 2.97 Acres
3 Nortons Point, Manchester, Massachusetts, United States, 01944
The Moorings at Norton’s Point, a historic 3 acre property on a cove with over 450-feet of waterfront overlooking Manchester Harbor has sold for $8,650,000 after first listing in 2018 for $10,750,000. The waterfront property was built in 1883 and last changed hands in 1999 when the McCue family purchased it for $3,100,000. Following the sale, the nearly 7,200 square foot waterfront home was the topic of This Old House’s 23rd season in 2001, where viewers saw the house transform from what the New York Time’s described as looking like “a motor hotel in Hyannis” back into an elegant waterfront retreat with charming porches and dormers. The project was the longest and most ambitious renovation that This Old House has undertaken, taking 10 months and $1.5 million to complete, with the addition of a music room, an art studio and an open kitchen with views of the Manchester Harbor. Historic photos below from the book Manchester-by-the-Sea by Stephen Roberts Holt revealed, “All of these estates had massive formal gardens. Much of the natural landscape that drew the first summer residents was swept aside to build elaborate formal gardens that required gardeners and extensive greenhouses.” The book also includes a photo taken in 1910 showing wonderful formal Italian gardens on the grounds of The Moorings with views of Whitter’s Creek and Tucks Point in the distance. A highlight of the property is a grass covered causeway leading to an original boat house and a private, deep-water dock with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. The house has five bedrooms and six bathrooms with an open concept kitchen, living, and dining area overlooking the water. There is a grand two-storey foyer views to the Harbor and the islands, as well as a music room with walls of windows and coffered ceiling and fireplace.