Sitting Pretty in Osterville

Amenities abound in this lavish, custom-built seaside home.


By Rob Duca • Photography by  Tyra Pacheco

Design & Build: Bayside Building, Inc. 
Exclusively represented by Robert B. Kinlin,
Robert Paul Properties,

Money was not a factor in building the magnificent waterfront property that overlooks Warren’s Cove in Osterville. But time most definitely played a role. The homeowner wanted the nearly 10,000-square-foot home to be completed in one year, and that created significant challenges for Bayside Building Inc. of Centerville, especially considering the numerous delays waiting for materials to be shipped from Italy, France and Libya.

Stunningly sophisticated yet relaxing and warm, this waterfront home is set on nearly 2 acres of private land.

Stunningly sophisticated yet relaxing and warm, this waterfront home is set on nearly 2 acres of private land.

“This was one of the top homes we’ve ever done,” says Jimmy Bowes, Bayside’s vice president of sales and design. “This job had 75 people at the house every single day for four months. We had to hire people to direct traffic on the site.”

The finished project is the definition of elegance and sophistication, offering comfort and warmth along with state-of-the-art technology. With more than 150 windows of various shapes and sizes, there are water views from every room of the home, even from above the garage. Modern and sleek, it is also a “smart home,” with control of climate, audio, video, security and lighting at the touch of your fingertips. “You can be anywhere and turn the lights or television on, control the temperature, lower the drapes, anything you want to do,” Bowes says.

From imported antique French white oak flooring and marble from Tripoli to Italian granite bathroom vanities and a free-floating glass staircase, no detail was overlooked in creating this spectacular property. Roses were laser-cut into the black granite floor in the powder room of his-and-hers master baths. One bath is wired for music inside the shower; the other has six body sprays, a rain shower and a Jacuzzi tub with a waterfall faucet.

The kitchen cabinets feature four layers of textures, from shiny lacquer to a grainy leather appearance. A Viking professional range has six burners and a griddle, while an auxiliary kitchen includes two wall ovens, a warming drawer and a second dishwasher.

A 20-foot high stone gas fireplace in the family room has square scallop tiles that give a wavy appearance.

A 20-foot high stone gas fireplace in the family room has square scallop tiles that give a wavy appearance.

The sunken family room has a vaulted, arched ceiling with custom beams and a 20-foot high stone gas fireplace. Square scallop tiles used for the fireplace provide a wavy appearance that reflects the desired ocean feel throughout the house. Elliptical swoops are present throughout, from the ceilings to the roofline. “We have the elliptical swoops over the front door, on the gables over the bedrooms, in the foyer, on the garage and the dormers out back, even on the inside ceiling in the bedroom over the garage,” Bowes says. “We wanted that theme through the entire house.”

The glass-enclosed staircase that winds from the basement to the second floor was a challenge, Bowes admits. But it now stands as the home’s centerpiece. “It wraps all around and just kind of floats,” he says.

The master bedroom is located on the first floor. French doors in the living room lead into an office, with a foyer then serving as the route through another set of French doors into the master. A third set of French doors on the opposite side of the bedroom provides entry to another office. Both offices include private decks overlooking Princess Cove River.

Even the three-car garage has luxurious components. It includes a shop area and a second-story suite complete with living and dining rooms, kitchen, full bath and two bedrooms. No expense was spared in the finished lower level, either. There is a wine cellar, art gallery, full gymnasium and spa bath with steam shower. It has entry into the pool cabana area and his-and-hers changing rooms.

Of course, one of the pleasures of living on Cape Cod is enjoying the outdoors, and the home takes full advantage of its glorious surroundings. A sunroom includes automatic transparent shades, heated custom tile flooring and a fieldstone gas fireplace. “Bring the blinds down and it’s a heated room,” Bowes says.

Outside spaces are set amid lush vegetation, seasonal colors and custom stonework. A heated infinity pool overlooks the river, while a hot tub is nearby for soothing aching muscles. “We also planted lily grasses around the edges of the property to give it a softer feel,” Bowes says.

Remarkably, it was all completed in one year. “We met the deadline. It was an incredible feat,” Bowes says.

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