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The Pink House waits, perhaps forlorn, perhaps anxious, to find out whether a new chapter awaits its life beside the marshy island shore; photo by Robin Catalano, effects by Jason Velázquez.
The Pink House waits, perhaps forlorn, perhaps anxious, to find out whether a new chapter awaits its life beside the marshy island shore; photo by Robin Catalano, effects by Jason Velázquez.
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Suitcase Confidential #3:
The Pink House

The Pink House waits, perhaps forlorn, perhaps anxious, to find out whether a new chapter awaits its life beside the marshy island shore;
photo by Robin Catalano, effects by Jason Velázquez.

For decades, the Pink House in Newbury, Massachusetts, has sparked the imagination of both local residents and travelers. Because of its enigmatic location, in the middle of a salt marsh, as well as the extraordinary play of light over its surroundings, it has become a muse of artists and a favorite subject for social media shutterbugs. Thanks to its defiance of time and weather, the home has attained local-celebrity status; it has even appeared in a Honda commercial and inspired a clothing line. The Pink House has also been the butt of some wild rumors—chief among them that it’s a spite house (spoiler alert: it’s not. We’ll tell you why).

On your next trip to coastal Massachusetts, plan to make a stop along the Essex National Heritage Area’s Scenic Byway to see the Pink House. If you can, drive over just after sunrise, when raptors like snowy owls and red-tailed hawks perch on her cupola, before winging off over the marsh for a snack. Or time your visit as the setting sun angles through the home’s windows and she gives you a knowing wink that says, “Sometimes a house is more than a home.”

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