This is one of the most spectacular harborfront properties in New England. The site alone is incomparable: a four-acre elevated peninsula with panoramic views of Quissett Harbor and beyond to Buzzards Bay as well as a deep-water dock with a large float suitable for a large yacht. The house was built ca. 1908 in an eclectic Cape Cod style with almost 12,000 square feet of living space featuring covered porches, balconies, gambrel roofs with cedar shingles, turrets, and multiple dormers. Inside the spaces are well proportioned with high ceilings, detailed moldings and wainscotting, large windows with decorative divided lights framing extraordinary views of the harbor, bay, and sunsets. The carriage house consists of about 2,300 square feet and includes a large meeting room, opening to a large, covered porch, a half bath, and a maintenance room. The second floor has three bedrooms and a bathroom with the potential for a dramatic vaulted space.
Quissett is a popular family-oriented summer community in the Town of Falmouth on Cape Cod. It has an active sailing program and area amenities include golf courses, coastal and deep-sea fishing, the Shining Sea Bikeway, and sandy beaches. Buzzards Bay’s steady breezes make it popular with sailors, windsurfers, and kite boarders. Boaters appreciate access to the South Coast, the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Nearby Woods Hole is famous for its world class marine science institutions and Falmouth Center offers a wide variety of restaurants and shopping. Quissett is easily accessible by major highways. Nearby international airports include T.F. Green in Providence and Logan in Boston, both about 80 miles away. Executive jet service is available in nearby Hyannis.
Since 1975, the property has been owned by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and operated as the J. Erik Jonnson Conference Center. While minor modifications have been made to serve the conference focus of the property, NAS has been a faithful steward, preserving and restoring as needed. This property offers the exceptionally scarce location, site, and architecture of a signature New England waterfront estate. All that is needed now is a new owner who will love and restore it as a glorious family residence.
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