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Beach/Ocean Views North Shore Boston, Cape Ann 3BR/2b Ipswich

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 60 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-6)

'Windswept' on Great Neck

Rates are $2600 per week in the summer.

There are water views galore from this newly renovated, 4 season home north of Boston, with water access across the street to a rocky beach. The Atlantic Ocean is a distant view and Plum Island Sound is in front of the house with lobster boats and private boats moored nearby.

This area is great for kayaks, canoes, windsurfers, and boaters of every kind. Crane Beach in Ipswich, boasts of 6 miles of white sand beach and pristine sand dunes on a natural wildlife preserve. This Ipswich beach was awarded one of the top 10 beaches on the east coast. There is a small partially sandy beach (for residents only), included in your rental, a short 10 minute walk from the house or you can drive down and park at the beach.

The Crane Estate has summer family concerts at The Great House at Castle Hill on Thursday nights and many guided trails through the Wildlife Refuge. Tours of the Castle are available daily.

Enjoy views of Plum Island, New Hampshire and Maine, plus many sand bars to stop and swim from and 3 public boat ramps within a 10 minute drive. Close to Cape Ann, Salem, and Boston and just 20 minutes from the New Hampshire border, makes this shore line community unique. Town is 3 miles away with a boat launch, train station, great restaurants, and golf and tennis within 6 miles. The town boasts of more pre-revolutionary homes than any other town in the US.

The north shore has plenty to offer for all ages with festivals and entertainment all summer long.

The house was renovated in 2003 with a 900 square foot addition, creating a 2000 sq. ft. open floor plan heated living area. There is a gourmet granite kitchen with a peninsula for morning coffee. A wrap-around deck with plenty of deck furniture and table for evening dinners 'Al Fresco' which overlooks the miles of water and marsh views. The walk out ground floor has a king or 2 singles in the bedroom with plenty of closet space. There is also a utility/laundry room on this level.

The second level has the open living area with P/O sofa in the living room, kitchen, full bath and great room. The third level has a master bedroom with balcony, full bath and small single bedroom.

Nature lovers can enjoy the many trails of the Essex Greenbelt, Plum Island's Parker River Wildlife, Trustees of the Reservations, and Audubon wildlife refuges. Great bird watching! Also North Ridge Road is a popular route on the North Shore touring bike trails. View the most breathtaking sunsets in the area, ranked one of the greatest in North America by National Geographic!!!


*No parties, or smoking. If you do not comply with these rules, it is grounds for eviction. No refund of rent.

*No more than the maximum number listed will be permitted overnight.

*Fee for extra guests.

*Non refundable pet fee of $200 with approval of the owner

*Late check out fee of $200. Extra cleaning $75 per hour.

*Check in is 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Keywords: Ocean, Seaside House, views, beach, summer rental, winter rental, private, water access, biking, swimming, boating, relaxation

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Elaine

I am a retired teacher and realtor. I worked several years with a large company doing vacation rentals on or near the ocean in the US. We have several properties in the U.S. and Mexico. We would love to help you find a vacation for your family that will maximize your relaxation and enjoyment.

Elaine purchased this house in 2000

Why Elaine chose Great Neck

Gorgeous views and sunsets. Near Boston and New Hampshire. Beaches, beaches, beaches

What makes this house unique

Clamming, swimming, biking, hiking, birdwatching,etc. Children enjoy the new playground a short walk from the house with state of the art equipment in fenced, safe park by the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Summer guests were very pleased with the cleanliness and

views from this newly remodeled home. Most were familiar

with the North Shore and enjoyed the beaches in Ipswich.
Aug 2007
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Great Neck House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Split-System Heating
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • Workshop
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , off master bedroom on top floor
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , has balcony with views on 3rd floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , small single bedroom (pack n play available) 3rd floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1st floor walk out can be twins or king
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , open floor plan new queen sofa bed in living room 2nd floor
  • King size beds (2) king: one in master on 3rd level, king or twins on lower level, Twin or Single Beds (1) on 3rd level bedroom 3, Baby Cribs (1) pack n play available, New Sleep Sofa (1) queen size in living room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
2 king beds, one king can be 2 singles, one single on 3rd floor, and a new queen pull-out sofa in living room, Wrap-around deck, yard, parking for 4 cars off street, or a boat trailer, water access across the street, private sandy beach 1 miles, boat launch nearby.


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Beach/Ocean Views North Shore Boston, Cape Ann 3BR/2b Ipswich
average rating of 4.5 based on 16 reviews

Lovely views super clean and comfy

  • 5 of 5

This home is very comfortable and well furnished. Close to the beach and water access made walks on the "neck" enjoyable.

Ever changing water views and dynamite sunsets.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nice couple stayed a couple of months. They want to return! We welcome them back. Great tenants.
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Wonderful Home

  • 5 of 5

This home is perfect for us

Open and airy. Breeze comes right through

If it's hot AC cools nicely. Plenty of deck space

Nice neighborhood. Great access to beaches.

The view is fabulous

House is equipped with everything you need

Ipswich is a nice town

We have been going to the North Shore for

several years now and this was our best stay

Thanks Elaine

Dave and Nancy

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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July in Ipswich

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful water view, kitchen/ living area top notch, handy to great beaches. Ground floor sleeping arrangement felt like a being in a cellar with no bathroom handy. The dehumidifier kept waking up those who slept there. Nice, modern bathrooms, large 3rd floor master with alcove style bedroom beside it separated by a curtain. Ideal for a child. Great Neck is a lovely area of Ipswich , quiet, yet close to quaint shops and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you as guests. I should have told you to turn off the dehumidifier sorry it woke up your guests. We do our best to make everyone comfortable. There is also a new queen pull out sofa near the 2nd floor bathroom.
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Fort Worth, TX

Very clean & bright w/ a good view of the ocean.

  • 4 of 5

House was very clean, bright & comfortable. Good view of the water & Plum Island w/ a neighborhood beach within walking distance. One of bedrooms is located in the finished portion of the basement. Very good washer & dryer & lots of towels & beach chairs available.

Crane Beach in Ipswich is wonderful & can be reached by car for a fee or boat if available. Russell Orchard on Argilla Rd. on the way to Crane Beach sells great doughnuts, cider & ice cream. Berry picking is also available there.

Ipswich has houses that date back to the 1600s. Good places to eat are Riverview Pizza & Choate Bridge Pub, which has great seafood.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We enjoyed having you. It's nice to have large families that respect the house. We love Ipswich with its great location close to Boston.
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Boston, MA

Spend your summer vacation here!

  • 5 of 5

The house is perfect. I stayed by myself, this was an exercise in solitude and possibly one of my top vacations and much of it was this house. The views are spectacular, endless and available from every single window. The home is well appointed, comfortably furnished, tastefully decorated and spacious. There is access to the wrap around deck from just about anywhere you are standing. Turn, see the view, step out and soak it in.

I found it very hard to leave and explore the surrounding beauty, but when I did it was well worth it. It's a few minutes drive to Crane Beach and the main street of Ipswich, which has nice shops and some restaurants. Lots of activities very nearby. I highly recommend Windswept.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It warms our hearts to hear such glowing but true responses from our guests. We have had years of wonderful experiences renting this house. We love Ipswich and the area, and are glad people enjoy our house.
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A GEM on the Plum Island Sound!

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a gem of a find! A large, beautiful home located at Great Neck in Ipswich, overlooking the gorgeous Plum Island Sound. Perfect for a group of six--five adults, one child. Two twin beds that convert to a king on the lower floor, a fold out couch on the main floor--with a view to die for!, and an upstairs master with adjoining twin room on the upper floor. Two full baths that were modern and clean. A big, spacious kitchen with all amenities and new granite countertops. A large dining table perfect for card and game playing. A roomy patio with nice furniture, and a terrace that wraps around the house. Spectacular! Plus, beach umbrellas, small coolers, beach chairs, passes to two local beaches - including the scenic Crane Beach that sits beneath the stunning Crane Estate. Only five minutes, but worlds away, from downtown, historic Ipswich, the birthplace of America's independence. Visit to take in a slice of America's history. Forty minutes north of Boston, or just over an hour to enjoy a lobster roll in Maine. Take the Duck Tour in Boston, walk the two mile Freedom Trail (self-guided tour), visit Fanueil Hall, Salem, and the charming coastal towns of Newburyport and Rockport. For all your Ipswich attire, visit The Jungle Store on Main St. Great quality and excellent pices. Lastly, do not leave Ipswich without indulging in the highly acclaimed Clam Box, home of the most scrumptious Little Neck clams and other delicious seafood. Look it up on Yelp or TripAdvisor. All in all, VRBO #123484 is the ideal home away from home when visiting the North Shore/greater Boston Area. On behalf of our family of six: twelve thumbs, WAY up! We will absolutely be back! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Cape Ann
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Ipswich T
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 1A
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Ipswich Bay Yacht Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Crane's Beach
Car: recommended

Whale watching, charter fishing, lobster boat trips, 40 minutes from Boston by train, 20 minutes by car to Newburyport, New Hampshire, Gloucester and Rockport.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500

Winter rates are $2200 per month plus utilities. 3 month minimum pet fee $200 per pet upon approval.
utilities are cable, phone, internet, oil heat One month rent plus one month security upon signing of lease.
My cancellation policy is written into the license. There is a penalty for cancelling within 60 days of rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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