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The House That I Grew Up In

Four-Bed, 2,200-sf Colonial in Desirable Marshfield Loop: Cranberry-Bog Views, 1.3 Acres of Newly Landscaped Land & Incredible Renovation in 2009

164 King Phillips Pathe, Marshfield, MA

Quick, name five things you remember about the house you grew up in. I’ll go first:

  • Perfecting the behind-the-back layup (an infinitely valuable tool for H-O-R-S-E) in the driveway
  • Grumpily carrying logs up the back stairs to the living-room fireplace; excitedly watching my dad build a huge fire
  • Sleepovers All-night video-game marathons in the basement
  • Digging out the skates and hockey sticks from the garage when the cranberry bogs froze over
  • Trivial Pursuit and beers around the fire pit on the back deck (when I was finally old enough)

Hmm, I guess I did a bad job of explaining what the house looks like. Or what kind of appliances are in the kitchen, or how many square feet of living space it has. You know, the first things that come to mind when you’re looking to buy a house.

But those are the last things that come to mind when I look back on what made my house memorable. And that’s what makes this the most challenging Deal of the Week yet: selling you on the house that I grew up in.

Because for all of its beautiful features and marketable qualities, you’ll never know what sort of things make your house special until you experience them for yourself.

The House

It’s a 2,200-square-foot Colonial, set halfway back on a 1.3-acre plot of land. It has natural wood siding with that weathered hue only a New England home can achieve. The professionally landscaped front yard sprawls with a variety of bushes and trees and the quarter-acre backyard is ideal for father-son Wiffle Ball battles (homemade backstop not included).

The property’s sloped driveway widens at the bottom to create enough space for four parking spots (though it’s unquestionably better utilized as a basketball court).

Its two-car garage has a workbench area and plenty of room for extra storage.

The best way to get inside is by walking up the back stairs of the deck, which was built new when the main floor was renovated in 2009, and enter through the rear slider into the dining room. From there, the rest of the extensive remodeling is eye-popping.

A massive open space combines a kitchen, dining and living room that all feature shining hardwood floors and premium upgrades throughout. The kitchen has stainless-steel, Kenmore Deluxe appliances, including a double wall-oven and French-door fridge. There’s a granite breakfast bar that’s long enough to seat five and transitions into the dramatic, cathedral-ceiling living room. New (and many) windows were installed here to maximize a picturesque view of the nearby cranberry bogs.

There’s a half-bath off the front foyer and another living room with a wood-burning fireplace on the other side of the main floor. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a full bath off the hallway. The master has dual closets – recently personalized – and a full, en-suite bathroom that was fully upgraded last year.

In the basement is a large, finished and carpeted playroom with another fireplace and a walk-in closet. To get to the garage from here, you pass through a tiled laundry room with a full-size set of machines and a brand-new washer.

The Price


The Location

King Phillips Pathe is a residential loop neighborhood off Moraine Street (Route 3A). Only residents drive through here, which makes “The Intersection” safe enough for Home Run Derby and street-hockey battles. Trick-or-treaters come from near and far on Halloween and the street is lined with luminary bags on Christmas Eve, which always prompted my dad to take “the long way around.”

It’s less than a half-mile from the Marshfield Country Club and a three-minute drive to Webster Square, a downtown retail center.

The true charm of living in Marshfield, though, is that you’re never far from the ocean. Green Harbor and Rexhame Beach, both public, are less than five miles away. So, too, is Duxbury Beach, which is four-wheel-drive-friendly if you have a sticker and can be accessed by driving over the stunning Powder Point Bridge.

The Next Step

The first open house is this Sunday (May 6th) and, for dramatic purposes, there will be no showings before that. Call the listing agent, Matt McLoughlin (617 513-3016), if you plan to attend or to schedule future showings.

Don’t worry about breaking my heart by buying it. It was an ideal place to grow up and it housed years and years of some of my best memories. Now it’s time for it to do the same for someone else.

Just promise me that you’ll fully utilize the Wiffle Ball field.

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