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Buoy 23: Direct waterfront cottage with deepwater dock on the Annisquam River

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

Waterfront with dock this gem has four bedrooms and 1.5 baths, a deepwater dock (for up to a 30' boat) and a wrap around screened porch. Swim from dock, shore or sand bar.

Addition of new windows, insulation, Heat & Central Air Conditioning now extends our season March 1 – December 31.This newly renovated and updated waterfront gem has four bedrooms and 1.5 baths, a deep-water dock (accommodates up to a 30 foot boat, with our new extended dockage in 2014) and a wrap-around screened porch where one can sit and watch the glimmering water, wildlife and passing boats go by on the tidal Annisquam River. At high tide swim from the dock or the shore directly in front of the house and at low tide there is great swimming from the sand bar. The sunny, modern eat-in kitchen has gas cooking, dishwasher, full size washer/drier and a half bath. The dining room seats 8 and is open onto the living area which has a huge new sectional and 50 inch flat screen TV complete with a high-end Bose theater sound system, deluxe cable service and DVD player. The screen porch is pure heaven for sitting during the day, or for those who wish, sleeping on those warm summer nights. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms (two with views of the water) with new linens, decor and cable television, plus a completely renovated custom-tiled full bathroom with tub and shower. Outside there are lovely newly landscaped front and back yards and plenty of parking as well as an outdoor hot and cold water shower. This is the waterfront vacation you have been dreaming of!

Captain Scott Kingsley
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2017

About Captain Scott Kingsley

Captain Scott A. Kingsley, B.S., J.D., Northeastern University, Massachusetts School of Law. Lifelong resident of Buoy 23, family property since 1929. Constable at Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1974. U.S.C.G Licensed Master of Steam and Motor Driven Vessels.

Captain Scott Kingsley purchased this cottage in 1929

Why Captain Scott Kingsley chose Merrimack Valley & Essex County

Back during the Great Depression, more than 85 years ago, with much of the Gloucester waterfront available to him, Grandfather Angelo Russo, of Russo's Candy House fame, chose Buoy 23 as the base for his boating and tuna fishing hobbies. He spent the remaining 21 years of his life developing the property to his exacting specifications. Since that time, his family has made every effort to preserve the original style and charm of this wonderful property. In the past five years that we have been offering the property to the public, all income has been re-invested in property improvements. Our goal is to be the caretakers for a select group of long-term clients that appreciate and understand the vacation home rental concept. We look forward to see you as a cherished stakeholder in our venture. As more and more properties go private and become overdeveloped, we are proud to share this rare wonderful vacation experience with you. While effort has been made to provide modern kitchen, bath, comfort and climate control amenities, the remainder of the property has been meticulously maintained with it's original charm, and we encourage our guests to recommend further improvements.

What makes this cottage unique

Deep water dockage, a rare benefit in Annisquam area. Perched on the northern end of Riverview Cove, water view range exceeds 250 degrees.


Gloucester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Second Floor Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    First Floor Half Bath - toilet , Handicap Accessible
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • First Mate Quarters - 2 twin/ single , w/views-new mattress in 2010 & Cable TV
    Captain's Quarters - 1 queen , with views, new mattress in 2010 & Cable TV
    Crew Quarters - 1 queen , with views-new mattress in 2010 & Cable TV
    Stateroom - 1 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms on second floor. Entire home has Central Air Conditioning
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Yard
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private Beach, Swim From Property, Walk to Beach, Water Views, Waterfront ,Deepwater Dock, Dock,Outdoor Furniture, Outdoor Shower, Private Beach, Gas Stove, Ham Radio Friendly


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Buoy 23: Direct waterfront cottage with deepwater dock on the Annisquam River
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful and cozy

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property. Lots of cozy places inside and outside to relax, read, play games, etc. Glassed-in and screened-in porches looking over the Little River are the "stars" of the house, especially at sunset. Kitchen has everything (and I mean everything) you need to cook just anything including any kind of seafood or fish from one of the local markets. House and property are immaculate. You can tell this is a well loved, well cared for place and the owner is friendly, accommodating and just a really nice person.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love this waterfront property

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit to this property. When we stay there we never leave the property except to shop for food. It is immaculately clean, spacious, with all the modern amenities. You have a private beach and a beautiful screened in porch from which to watch the boats go by on the Annisquam River. We are renting again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A vacation to remember!

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome week we had at Buoy 23! From panoramic views to the coziness of the entire house. We loved spending our evenings on the screened porch watching the sunset and the moon sparkle on the river. Not even only is the view gorgeous, but the house its location put us within the perfect distance to all local sights, shops and restaurants. The surrounding property is perfect for sun bathing, kite flying, etc. it was truly a vacation we will never forget. We hope to return for many years to come!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Don't pass this one up!!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely stunning property and fantastic owner. The westerly exposure sets off a beautiful sunset. We invited the owner over for cocktails and dinner and he gave us an entire history of the house and area. Fascinating. Can't wait to be there again next fall. The house itself is beautifully decorated and immaculate. The kitchen is perfect. The porch is a great place to hang out and watch the boats go by. The beds are all really comfortable. Do yourself a favor and rent Bouy 23 and thank me later. The owner can't do enough for you and the setting will set your soul free.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a special place this is. Booked this online from the UK as the house and area looked so lovely, but it's even better when you see it for real. Lovely, well equipped house in a fantastic location. We had the most relaxing week watching the river and our three teenage kids loved it too. Perfectly placed for exploring Gloucester and going on a whale watching trip. The owner Scott went above and beyond to help is on arrival after cancelled flights and delays, can't thank him enough. Highly recommended, will be back if we possibly can!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great House, Great Views, Interesting Town

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time renting a house for vacation, so I didn't know what to expect.

First of all, the owner, Scott was great, very accommodating and pleasant throughout my entire vacation experience. My plan was a bachelor party for a small group of guys including a deep sea fishing charter. The place was conveniently located to the marina for driving and close to the downtown area for cabs.

Overall, we had a great time, would happily come back and stay in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Gloucester MBTA
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Route 128
Car: necessary

America’s oldest working fishing port and art colony, including the sea-faring communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester by-the-Sea.

Thirty minutes from Boston. Local beaches: Good Harbor Beach, Crane Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, Singing Beach. Golf, sailing, fishing, museums, art galleries, hiking, biking, rock climbing, shopping, restaurants, festivals.

Home of the Fisherman Statue and several vintage lighthouses.

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Rates & Availability

Gloucester Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day Week
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Pre Season 2017 #3
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Week
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Post Season 2017 #1
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day Week
Oct 7 2017 - Oct 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Post Season 2017 #2
Oct 14 2017 - Nov 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Veterans Week
Nov 11 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Post Season 2017 #3
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years Week
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99

Cleaning fee for visits of less than 5 nights - $195.00
Optional Fees:
Boat Docking Fee: $75.00 per boat/per visit
Dog Fee: $195.00 per dog

*These fees are not enumerated in the fee section as Homeaway has been adding them inappropriately. If applicable, they will be added in the official quote. Our apology for the inconvenience.

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