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No Judgement, Plenty of Deliberation

Happenstance brings a Miami couple to West Dennis, where they find a house that becomes a home.

“Some people come back from vacationing on the Cape with a T-shirt,” says Lew Gordon, a corporate lawyer from Miami Beach. “We came back with a house.”

Gordon and his husband Paul Kress, who owns a court reporting agency, had flown north for the wedding of a good friend’s son and were staying at the friend’s house in West Dennis. “The weather was crappy,” Gordon says. “It was raining the whole time, and we didn’t have anything to do. Our friend had a friend who was a realtor, so we got together with her, went for what we thought was going to be ‘window shopping,’ and ended up buying a home.”

They purchased it as an investment, strictly for short-term rentals. But after they furnished it, they liked it so much that they decided to use it only for themselves, friends, and family. And those friends and family started coming in droves. “‘Oh, Uncle Lew, Uncle Paul, can we come visit?’” nieces and nephews kept asking, recalls Kress.

Light streams into a bright and airy kitchen designed with the help of White Wood Kitchens in Sandwich.

After about a year, they realized the two-bedroom, one-bath residence just wasn’t going to cut it. They weren’t yet in high gear on their search for a new home when one afternoon, as they were driving around, Kelly’s Pond in West Dennis showed up on the GPS. They decided to go have a look just for fun. Upon arrival, they saw a house backing up to the 25-acre pond, less than a mile from the ocean, with a “For Sale By Owner” sign.  

They called the phone number on the sign, and the owner asked if they would like to see the place.

“Sure,” they answered.   

“When?” the man responded.

“Look out your front door,” they said. So the guy invited them in, which was when they made rash real estate decision number two. But this time, they didn’t look back. The three-bedroom, two-bath ranch with water access was exactly the kind of place they could enjoy retreating to with loved ones during scorching South Florida summers.  

Arm chairs covered in a blue and white checkered cotton blend from Ethan Allen anchor the dining table (also from Ethan Allen). 

What it lacked, however, were the water views the home was not taking advantage of despite its setting at the shoreline, the light that could have been streaming in from all angles but wasn’t, and just a little more elbow room the couple needed for large dinner parties and entertaining in general, which they love to do. So they got to work, enlisting the help of residential design firm Archi-Tech Associates in Cotuit to massage their new getaway into exactly the place they wanted it to be. White Wood Kitchens of Sandwich was on board to assist in creating a new cooking space in addition to other areas around the house for which the couple desired extra design help plus custom cabinetry.

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