Manchester Residence

This luxurious estate sits on top of a hill with an expanse of lawn, lush gardens, and views to the sea. The arrival court features a custom designed fountain within an elliptical courtyard that is constructed of granite and permeable pavers for stormwater infiltration.

Construction of the existing driveway and parking area required extensive regrading of the site and realignment of portions of an existing granite retaining wall. Large-scale, salvaged granite was sourced locally. New granite retaining walls throughout the property utilize local Cape Ann granites. The site design mixes contemporary materials like granite stepping stones on river rock to juxtapose the existing and more traditional expression. Trees are planted to frame views of the sea from the court. A perennial, topiary, and reconstructed historic water garden and fountain, planted with lilies and lotus, are sited within a sunken garden that provides shelter from the site’s strong winds. The back of the home features bluestone terraces that take advantage of sweeping ocean views. Along the water’s edge are mature trees that have been pruned and maintained to enhance their health and the views they frame. The most recent phase of work included a partial swimming pool reconstruction, granite terraces, custom limestone and granite outdoor kitchen island, stone fire pit, stone seat walls, putting green and new deck adjacent to the swimming pool. All work was completed in four phases over eight years.

Designer: Halvorson Design, Inc.

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