Less than one hour from Boston, Killybracken is a one-of-a-kind, secluded, and private compound on the most eastern point of the prestigious, historically significant, and architecturally rich Eastern Point peninsula. With woodland behind and open rocky shoreline in front, Killybracken stands amid expansive lawns, glorious perennial gardens and specimen plantings on about 2.4 oceanfront acres. Gloucester Harbor can accommodate yachts of any size; private tennis courts and the Eastern Point Yacht Club are within walking distance; a world class 18-hole golf club is about a mile away; and an FBO Beverly Airport less than 30 minutes away can accommodate private jets. Killybracken’s gated, paved driveway can accommodate more than 25 guest automobiles.
The location is one of the most eastern points of land in the continental United States. The compound consists of five structures with more than 10,400 sq ft. of indoor space. From anywhere on the property there is a constantly changing panoramic nautical landscape of traditional lobster boats, tall ships, pleasure boats, yachts, and magnificent sailing regattas.
Killybracken is one of the most splendid stone residences gracing the New England Coast. The primary estate was built in 1927 in the Arts and Crafts style of granite quarried in Gloucester. Behind the granite is concrete reinforced with rebar. This is said to be the first use of rebar in a private residence in the United States. The main residence is 6,500 sq. ft. with fourteen rooms, six custom baths and four fireplaces. The Estate effortlessly captures the warmth and elegance of the great homes of Europe while remaining graciously relaxed, perfect for everyday living. Exceptional Old World refinements include softly burnished oak and pine woodwork; granite-hearth fireplaces; deep window seats and cozy alcoves; floors of stone, tile and hardwood; decorative granite windowsills; and accents of polished brass, copper and leaded glasswork. Luxurious granite baths are carefully integrated with the estate’s period features. Every room enjoys unobstructed, spectacular views of the crashing surf and ocean beyond.
An elegant Greene & Greene inspired front door opens into a vaulted foyer, which leads to the heart of this special home: The Great Room. Paneled in waxed oak, this stunning space features soaring ceilings and massive windows that showcase spectacular views of vast expanses of lawn, roses, and sea.
The spacious Dining Room has its own fireplace and cleverly concealed storage behind waxed-pine panels. A dazzling Sun Room with a curved wall ringed with windows has a coved ceiling and opens to an ocean-front granite terrace. The Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry, Service Pantry and a Laundry/Mud Room are a sophisticated blend of pristine original cabinetry; Sub Zero refrigeration; Wolf gas range, grill, griddle, and salamander; cork flooring and yards of polished granite. Another wing features a fine fire-placed library of waxed oak, copper and granite — an homage to the renowned Scottish architect Charles Rennie MacKintosh. Ocean and pool views and an en suite, copper-walled and granite half bath make this study a special retreat. Two high-ceilinged bedrooms, both with en suite full baths, and a long, wide hall connecting all, complete this wing.
SECOND FLOOR NORTH
A large private Master Suite features a sitting area, fireplace, splendid granite bath with a stall shower and raised two-person whirlpool spa overlooking the grounds and ocean, and a generous dressing room with custom built-ins. Breathtaking ocean views sparkle from a host of large windows, with two lighthouses that can be seen in the distance. A balcony overlooks the Great Room.
SECOND FLOOR SOUTH
A cozy “Tree House” built by the current owner is tucked into the roof line to be architecturally invisible but to provide substantial living area that is comfortable in all seasons. The intimate, cozy apartment is truly apart from the activity of the Estate’s main floor and provides sweeping bird’s eye views of the grounds and seascape. This tastefully designed private aerie with expansive windows includes a marble and tile bath, wet bar, numerous built-ins for secure storage, and a high-tech fireplace and entertainment systems. This area is accessed by both a traditional and secret stairway.
THE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER/ POOL HOUSE
The architecturally significant entertainment center and integrated indoor/outdoor pool was built with granite from the same quarry used for the original residence. In addition to the entertainment spaces, this granite and cedar-shingled building houses a full guest apartment, a separate study/ murphy guest bedroom, and a private drawing room with fireplace and a unique private balcony overlooking pool and ocean for a special viewing vantage point. The building also contains a large heated two-car garage and storage space. The voluminous main lounge can be completely closed in by electric glass sliding doors. At the push of a button, the doors open, creating a true indoor/outdoor pavilion with windward and leeward courtyards featuring a wet bar, built in grill, indoor-outdoor fireplace, dining area, lounge, eight-person whirlpool spa, a multi-head shower and steam room, dressing room, utility room and bathroom. The building was designed to safely withstand any major hurricane with threaded rods, set about every 30”, through-bolting the roof into the foundation.
The natural appearing, outdoor 65,000 gal. pool is surrounded by manicured perennial gardens and a waterfall. The pool’s Ph level, antibacterial treatment, and water level are all controlled by computer. No chlorine is used. Since the heated pool can be entered from the inside the building with its radiant heated indoor floor, it can be used year-round, below freezing and in a snowstorm.
The compound also has a romantic, two-story granite and cedar shingled guest or caretaker cottage with kitchenette, living room, bathroom, and high-tech fireplace. Upstairs is a bedroom and sitting area. The
cottage boasts some of the most spectacular views on the property.
There is a detached trellised Arts and Crafts style two-car garage/workshop/storage area. (Another two-car heated garage is in the entertainment building. There also is an out-of-view storage barn on the
1. Buildings on the compound have thermopane low-E Pella triple-glazed windows. Oceanfront windows in the main residence are custom glazed with high impact (bullet resistant) Tischler glass fabricated in
2. The entire Great Room becomes a home-theater. With the press of a touch-screen remote, a 9 x 16 foot movie screen descends from the ceiling, the windows go dark and sound booms from the integrated audio system.
3. All interior spaces are centrally air-conditioned and heated by fuel oil or propane.
4. Central vacuum in main residence and pool house/entertainment pavilion.
5. A central security and fire/smoke/gas detection system and multiple programmable color security cameras serve the compound.
6. Certain doors and gates can be remotely opened/locked.
7. The more than 1.5 acres of lawn and perennial gardens are automatically watered by a 24-zone irrigation system.
8. High-powered LED flood lamps on a hidden, reinforced concrete seawall illuminate the crashing surf at night.
9. The pool and spa Ph level is controlled by CO2; ozone is used to sanitize. No harsh acids or chlorine are used.
10. The gated compound is totally self-sufficient and served by:
• Two automatic-transfer emergency generators (20KW and 45KW), which can be configured for backup or night service, with large underground fuel storage tanks.
• A deep high-tech well water system with redundant water processing equipment that brings in water from a major underground aquifer believed to originate in the mountains of Maine.
• A central PBX phone system with integrated intercom that serves the buildings and connects to service from both landlines and integrated wireless phone.
• Both central satellite and cable TV entertainment/information systems with two central TIVO units.
• Integrated high-speed wireless internet.
• A high-tech tracking (ARPA) 64-mile Radar discretely mounted out of view with master and remote viewing/ control stations.
• A complete set of weather instruments discretely mounted on the roof with remote digital display panels throughout the compound.
• An underground state-of-the art Title V-compliant sewage processing system.