In about 1757, the Black Rock House was built on a ledge overlooking Black Rock Beach in Cohasset. Over the years, it became an inn, and then a hotel, that was popular among travelers, because it was a day's ride south of Boston on the coastal road. In the 19th century, it expanded into a widely-known summer resort on Boston's South Shore. Then in 1903, wealthy neighbors in Cohasset acquired the property with a plan to tear it down to improve their ocean view. My great grandfather owned a piece of land a quarter mile down the road on Straits Pond, and he bought a wing of the hotel before it was slated for demolition. He moved it with horses, men and wooden rollers to set it on pilings at its current location -- on a pond, across the street from the ocean. Pretty much every room has a water view. It's been in our family ever since.
Crescent Beach is directly across the street. It's about 100 yards from the front door to the water's edge, where you can take a dip in a protected cove looking out to Boston in the distance. Black Rock Beach is about a quarter mile (5-10 minute walk) to the southeast, and Gun Rock Beach is about the same distance to the northwest. It's in a fairly quiet part of Hull, at the foot of Green Hill and at the Hull-Cohasset town line.
We believe the three-story structure is from 1820-1840 (Jacksonian Era). It's been updated over the years, but without diminishing its "that old house" character. It has steep 19th century steps, and you can still see the tin plates that once had hotel room numbers. The walls are all plaster mixed with horsehair over lathe, with plenty of patches. We find it a restful place, a bit removed from the hubbub of modern life -- though there is Comcast internet throughout and a flat screen (basic cable) TV in the living room.
These days, there are three furnished bedrooms. One has a King bed, another has a Queen bed, and the third can be set up as two Twins or a King. Each bedroom has a water view. The fourth bedroom on the second floor has been converted to a laundry room with a washer/dryer, and a nice view. There's a large bathroom on the second floor, and a second bathroom on the first floor - both have showers. The third floor with five small bedrooms and a bathroom is not currently used. The first floor consists of a living room, a kitchen, a dining room and the aforementioned bathroom. The first floor also has three porches: An open porch along the front (north side) of the house, a screened porch off the living room (in the southwest corner), and a back deck off the kitchen (in the southeast corner).
The house photographed rather well, so I should alert you that at its core it is very much an old beach house, and its main virtues are its oldness and beachiness. Lowered expectations are always a strong hedge against disappointment.
The nearby beaches were discussed above, so here's a bit of information about the pond the house sits on. Straits Pond is about 3 miles in circumference and sits between Hull and Cohasset within a block-wide strip on its south side running along the Ocean. Our house is on the south side of the pond and looks across to the big pretty houses in Cohasset. In Colonial times, what is now the pond was a salt marsh, down by the sea, and fed by the Weir River. However, in the 1800s the marsh was cleared for a manmade pond that never gets very deep and that is filled with a mix of salt and fresh water. The water levels in the Pond are now controlled by state authorities who adjust the levels throughout the summer by adjusting the locks in the west corner of the pond. As with most waterways in the US, for the past 50 years, there has been a concerted effort to clean up the pond. As a result, the pond is now alive with a variety of wildlife (e.g, ducks, geese, swans), many of whom come to visit next to or even into our yard.. At dusk, it's not unusual to see a cotton tail bunny rabbit emerge from the reeds for a jaunt across the yard. At such moments, we refer to the house as being in the land that time forgot.
This area of Hull is at the start of the peninsula, near the town hall. It's about a mile to Nantasket Beach, which is a 3-mile long south facing sandy beach. The Paragon Park amusement park at Nantasket Beach was replaced decades ago with condos, but there's still some arcades and a fully-restored carousel. If you don't feel like cooking, there are plenty of places to get a bite to eat.