Live in a historic home – that influenced the White House

This landmark waterfront estate on Long Beach in Centerville enjoys breathtaking views of Nantucket Sound and 100+ feet of private sandy beach. The history behind the home is just as unique and exciting as the home itself. 

History of 283 Long Beach Road

283 Long Beach Road was built in 1930 by Bernard McGoldrick whose wife was not well and was told by her doctor to live at sea level. Thus, this was the first home built on Long Beach for year-round living.

Later, the home became the property of Massachusetts Governor Paul Dever in the 1950’s. Dever, who was friends with Kennedy patriarch Joe Kennedy, held fundraisers for John F. Kennedy’s senate run at this home. JFK and his wife, Jackie, would dance during dinner parties as the piano played throughout the night.

The main dining room of the home featured mural, “Scenes of North America” designed by Jean Zuber et Cie. Future First Lady Jackie Kennedy admired the wallpaper so much that she had it hung in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House (see photo on right). The mural remains on the walls of the White House to this day!

Updated for Today’s living 

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After it’s current owners purchased the home 24 years ago they restored much of the architecture, while still maintaining its period elegance and charm.

The 13 rooms of this waterfront home  offer superb architectural appointments including detailed moldings, high ceilings, wainscoting and hand-carved woodworking.

Updates for today’s living include a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel commercial appliances, center island, wet bar, and indoor grill. Adjacent is an informal water view dining room to enjoy breakfast or lunch. The gracious formal dining room with custom built-ins is perfect for hosting dinner parties or holiday feasts. The formal living room and light-filled sunroom are oriented toward the water to take advantage of the views with French windows and doors open to an oceanfront patio.

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