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Third floor apartment located in the former mansion of Clarence Birdseye. The apartment is open, airy, spacious and has ocean views. Being only steps away from Brace Cove (an exclusive and private beach) allows guests to have access to the ocean in under a minute. Even in the peak of summer the beach is barely used. This property is located in the historic, scenic and private Eastern Point neighborhood and I mile away from Rocky Neck Art Colony which offers galleries, shops and fine dining.
Nestled in a very private, VERY exclusive enclave of gilded age mansions, our stay at Birdseye was the highlight of the most enjoyable getaway we have had in a decade. The three story, impeccably maintained tudor exudes charm at every turn.
Light and airy, with its own separate entrance, the two bedroom, two bath third floor apartment has been nicely updated with stainless steel appliances and stone countertops, yet manages to retain the appeal of the period with gleaming pine floors, a cast iron claw-foot tub, built-in dressers and closets, and exposed beam cathedral ceilings.
Rising above the tree-line, the apartment offers a nice ocean view from the master bedroom, and benefits from lovely breezes day and night. We were lulled to sleep each night by the sound of the surf rythmically lapping outside our window.
Brace Cove and its half mile expanse of private, nearly deserted, sandy beach is a short stroll down the meandering leafy streets of this Eastern Point neighborhood. Having access to this amenity alone is worth the nightly lodging rate! For those that enjoy people watching or volleyball, Niles beach and Good Harbor beach are just a few minutes away.
Birdseye represents the best of Cape Ann. It is off the beaten path and offers complete privacy, yet provides easy access to Gloucester (one mile to the Rocky Neck artist colony and less than 10 minutes to the working waterfront downtown), and is only 15-20 minutes from Rockport or Bear Skin Neck.
The property owners are refreshingly gracious and humble, and gladly share their knowledge of attractions and local eateries. We couldn't have chosen a more perfect place to call home during our stay and our only wish was that we were able to stay longer. Now that we have found this gem, we are already looking forward to a return visit.
As a former Gloucester resident, I loved the location of this home. I walked all over this beautiful neighborhood with water views everywhere. The apartment was lovely, spacious and homey. The host, David, was very accomodating. It was a wonderful vacation and I would stay here again.
This was probably the most amazing summer of our life. We stayed here for a month and went to a beach almost every day, but never found time to do all the things we wanted to do in Cape Ann. Gloucester is one of the most unique fishing towns in America, and this home was located in the heart of one of the most beautiful pieces of real estate in the world. Since it is situated on a peninsula, every room in this 1200 sq feet plus apartment, which takes up more than a floor of this mansion, has a view of the ocean from every window. The weather here is quite unpredictable, and there was nothing more relaxing than opening up all the windows and listening to what must be 80-120 foot tall trees sway in the wind. Situated within walking distance of two opposing beaches make it ideal for dogs and kids, sunrises and sunsets. The owners are so laid back the dogs came and went from our apartment as they pleased (also the best summer of their life), and the children are so polite and well-behaved they seemed to have gone to finishing school. What ever we needed they brought to our door. We often played with them while roaming their well-manicured garden, observing the amazing houses of this neighborhood, building fires (you can build one in their backyard on or the beach!) and listening to the surf break. I also was working on a book and often had the place to myself--look at google maps and imagine the amount of solitude and serenity a place like this provides of that's what you're looking for. The pictures in this ad don't come close to doing justice to what a unique and full experience of staying on the coast in one of the wealthiest and most beautiful communities on the coast of a New England Cape town.
I spent a beautiful 3 weeks in September in this great apartment. With the window of the main bedroom open beside my pillow, I could hear the surf on the distant rocks in the middle of the night, an incredibly peaceful sound. The landlords were friendly and attentive. The neighborhood was made famous by the likes of Isabella Gardner, Henry Davis Sleeper and A. Piatt Andrew in the years before the First World War. You can still visit Sleeper's magical house, now run by Historic New England, open to the public, and 10 minutes walk from the house. I had a great time.
We stayed for two weeks at the end of the summer and absolutely loved it. The house is in a perfect location in East Gloucester, and the apartment is spacious, very comfortable, and private. Brace Cove and Niles Bach are only a few minutes walk away, and several of Gloucester's other famous beaches are within a 5 to 15 minutes drive, at most. This is a great place to play it low-key, relaxing on the screened porch, taking walks on the beach and around Eastern Point, but also an ideal place from which to launch day trips to explore the rest of the North Shore. The owners are very nice people who made us feel welcome and were available if we needed anything, but let us go about our days without any fuss or bother. We are already looking forward to our visit next year!
Quiet, private, fully-equipped, 2BR/2BA , open floor plan, huge skylights, Awesome location. Brace Cove and Niles Beach short walk. Spectacular scenery abounds. Close to Hwy 128 and downtown Gloucester/harbor. Manager very nice and accomodating (Thanks David). Would return in a heartbeat !!
Gloucester Massachusetts is a unique waterfront city that offers endless ocean access and activities. There are numerous shops, restaurants and historical sites to visit. Rocky Neck Art Colony is the oldest working art colony in the nation that offers a blend of galleries, live theatre, fine dining, private residences and working boat yards.