TRURO — Perched on a hill near the center of town, the former Obadiah Brown School and Sacred Heart church was transformed into a beautiful residence and workspace about 20 years ago.
Since then, it has been the realm of Margaret Frances MacNeil, the well-known interior designer, and her company, MFM Interiors. MacNeil was deeply involved in the redesign of her home, which also features a freestanding guest cottage that can be rented.
MacNeil plans to stay in Truro, and said she has loved working and living in the space.
“It gets great light at all times of year,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s very conducive to creativity.”
The main home features two bedrooms and three bathrooms, with high ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors. A professional workspace includes a full bath, a butler kitchen, a propane wood stove and is suited for year-round use. It’s hard to imagine a better work-from-home setup, an increasingly popular trend on Cape Cod and beyond.
A short stroll through a splendid garden area, planted with varietals and specimen trees, brings you to the cottage at the back of the property. It features one bedroom and one bathroom, a butler kitchen and an outdoor shower. An attached deck overlooks the garden and is a great place to relax.
“It has historic beginnings and it’s a lovely home that has been meticulously maintained,” said Joan Lenane, listing agent for Coldwell Banker Pat Shultz Real Estate, in a phone interview.
The home is about two miles away from Corn Hill Beach on Cape Cod Bay, and Longnook Beach and Ballston Beach on the Atlantic side. It’s less than half a mile to Truro center, with small-town delights that include a seasonal farmers market, Jams, a market and deli, the Pamet Valley Package store and the handy post office.
About the house in Truro
Year built: 1846
Full Baths: 5
Square feet: 3,120
Contact: Joan Lenane, Coldwell Banker Pat Shultz Real Estate
(508) 487-9550, ([email protected])