North Shore Homes with Cozy Nooks for Quiet Reading

There is nothing like finding a book that you can’t put down. Pair that with the perfect reading spot, whether it is for the views, privacy, or serenity and you might find yourself staying home and reading all day long.

Here, we explore North Shore’s homes that offer up the best spots for enjoying a good book, or two.

Mussel Point Oceanfront
Gloucester, MA 01930

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This Mussel Point, Gloucester screened porch offers seclusion, serenity, and views. A 3800± SF waterfront home, with views of Gloucester Harbor, Eastern Point, and of the Atlantic, this spot tops the list of places where we’d love to cozy up and read endlessly. We love the indoor/outdoor vibe in this space, giving you both the cool breeze on a hot summer day and the feeling of being outside. Bring Fido, and a book, or three, and stay awhile at this scenic home.

23 Newmarch Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

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The intricate detail in this custom-built Sycamore and Quarter Sawn oak-paneled library is only part of what draws us to this 4.6-acre coastal estate. Couple that with water views, and access to two covered, screened porches, as well as a sundeck, and you won’t have any reason to leave.

Yellow House Farm
Gloucester, MA 01930

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No matter how hard you try, it would be impossible to recreate this cherished reading spot. Located by the private dock and 750 FT of navigable frontage to Walker Creek and the Essex Bay, this screened cabin offers a serene and soothing venue for some deep reading. With expansive views to Crane Beach, Coffins and Wingaersheek Beach, Hog Island and Conomo Point, you might find yourself daydreaming in between pages, or perhaps, taking a dip between chapters. Regardless, we think you’ll find yourself at peace amongst the diverse and reach ecosystem of the tidal Essex River basin.

Hamilton, MA 01982

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Built in 1725, this Antique Farmhouse turned Elegant Country Manor has more than a few reading spots. In fact, the drive up to the property is storybook in itself. Via a long tree-lined drive, past open fields, stone walls, Appleton Farms, and a surrounding forest, you will find yourself lost in this pastoral landscape before you even step foot inside. Once inside, you’ll cozy up among the old-world charm, with original wood floors, oversized fireplaces, sleeping porches, and for added fun, an indoor hammock.

38 Gardner Street
Hamilton, MA 01982

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For our final reading spot, we thought there was no better option than tucking into one of these poolside lounge chairs for the long hall. On 11± acres of lawns and meadows, you will have all the peace and quiet you could dream of. Bring a cold drink, good sunscreen, and prepare yourself to be able to read, uninterrupted, for hours on end.


For more information on the above properties or for buying or selling real estate on Boston’s North Shore, visit or contact Lanse in our Manchester-by-the-Sea office.