They had been living in what is locally
known as Old Town, the historic section
around Marblehead Harbor that sprang up
as an 18th-century fishing village. There, historic buildings ooze provenance and charm,
but as they sit hard by each other and the
sidewalk along narrow, crooked streets, they
pose trade-offs for their residents.
“We were living in a small house on a
tight lot on a hill,” says Bloom. “We had a
growing family and pets and we needed more
outdoor space. We were looking into renovat-
ing an old house, but then we found this prop-
erty. It was a dream come true.”
The 20,000-square-foot lot is walking
distance to Old Town, its scenic harbor and
plethora of shops and restaurants. That the
adjacent preserve with pond would literally
be their backyard was a happy bonus.
There were some challenges, though.
First, a small existing house had to be torn
down, public access to the land next door cre-
the staircase leads up to the second floor
master suite and two children’s bedrooms and
bath, and down to Mellen-Smith’s acupuncture
office. South-facing windows maximize solar gain.