MASHPEE — Looking at the front façade, it could be a traditional-style style home, with features such as two windows on each side of the front door and a traditional free-standing two-car garage.
The single dormer that extends out above the front door, with an upside-down, half-moon window, was the feature that enticed us and made us think there’s something different about this home. And when you see the home from the other side, the story begins to unfold.
We see an oversized back deck, with a beautiful symmetry of windows extending from floor to ceiling — “clerestory” windows placed above eye level to let in lots of light — a defining element in contemporary architecture. Four sliding glass doors that extend from the first-floor master at far left to the dining room at far right, open out to the deck. It is clear that the architect intended this home to take advantage of the surrounding natural beauty, as it is set in a woodsy area overlooking a marsh. Even the two upstairs bedrooms have their own balcony. The backyard is fenced from the road and features rhododendrons and hydrangeas, but is not totally manicured, as if to fit in with the natural world.
The living room is wide open, hardwood floors throughout, with a wood-burning fireplace anchoring the space. The chef’s kitchen boasts a double oven and updates such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and an island with plenty of drawers and cabinets. The kitchen’s upper cabinets have glass doors and are lighted — another fine feature.
You could have entirely first-floor living, with all you’d need in the first-floor master: a sizeable walk-in closet and an equally sizeable bathroom (complete with jet tub). The bonus is the sliding glass door that steps out to the back deck, and the same goes for the upstairs bedrooms, one on each side of the floorplan. From any of the three bedrooms you can wake up and step outside to watch the sunrise over the marsh and greet the day.
This fine contemporary home is centrally located, with Mashpee Commons in one direction and South Cape Beach in the other.
Marina Davalos is a freelance writer who lives in Cotuit. Follow her on Twitter: @Marina_Davalos1.
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