103 Racing Beach Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02540
Total # of Rooms: 10
Year Built: 1937
Interior: 4,851 sq. ft. (approx.)
Land: 0.78 acres (approx.)
Web #: 0841957
MLS ID: 22001556
With a provenance reaching back to the earliest days of Falmouth’s Racing Beach, this enchanting 4,275-square-foot Arts and Crafts residence is the quintessential New England coastal retreat, offering a unique combination of vintage charm and desirable contemporary amenities. Lovingly maintained and painstakingly renovated and updated since its construction in 1937, it offers a total of five restful bedrooms; four modern baths; new wiring, insulation, and windows; a state-of-the-art geothermal heating system; solar panels for domestic hot water; and a security system with a camera. Nearly every space is filled with light and a welcoming warmth, with original ceiling beams, blonde fir floors, quarter-sawn oak paneling, antique stained glass, and other eye-catching decorative details standing as testament to the home’s architectural history.
The residence is approached by a circular river-stone driveway and surrounded by classic stone walls and fencing. A spacious wraparound porch—part of the original 1937 construction—is a hallmark, perfect for enjoying refreshing sea breezes and appreciating the vibrant landscaping, the idyllic water-view setting, and glorious sunrises and sunsets. The heart of the home is the easy, airy, open-plan living area, which occupies the original atrium, designed as an acoustically ideal milieu for the first owner’s pipe-organ music. The kitchen was inspired by 1950s designs and combines vintage Crosley cabinets, appliances from Westinghouse and Crosley—including an induction range—and modern tilework and countertops. Five fireplaces create warmth and charm throughout. The finished basement encompasses a recreation room, a pool changing room, a laundry room—one of two in the home—and a workshop. Included in the purchase price are architectural plans for an office, studio, or apartment with a bath above the garage.
Between the home and the freestanding garage is an arbored deck, which joins the refreshing pool, spa, and granite terrace in providing perfect spots for alfresco living, dining, and relaxation. Many vantage points allow for stargazing at night, watching ships sail by, and reveling in fireflies and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Frogs and cicadas create a delightful chorus, and the estate is a refuge for birds and wildlife, from migrating butterflies and bees—enticed by a pollinator garden—to swallows, hummingbirds, ospreys, turtles, porpoises, and other sea life. Steps away, the beach is ideal for swimming, with easily accessible sandbars.