We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A childhood friend recently replaced the wood siding on her NE home- also the house she grew up in. As the house was built in 1715, I would consider 300 years a good run. The house is inland, though, so salty air is not an issue.
The house is ordinary wood siding, not shingles. Maybe shingles don't last as long. Very few wood shingles- if any- in my hometown.
A beautiful home to be sure. A better area, I think, to look for New England architecture is that strip of coast from King's Beach in Lynn North to the New Hampshire border. If you follow the coast and even seek out the lanes and dead ends you will see a huge diversity in style, shape, size and condition of New England style homes and buildings. It is an excellent drive/daytrip. Do not bypass Manchester by the Sea and while there seek out "Singing Beach".
Do stop in Ipswich and walk around a little. Watch the tide come in (or go out) and see the dramatic change it makes on the Ipswich River.
Don't miss Salisbury Beach. This used to be one of my favorite places in the 50's with a huge amusement park and roller coaster. Some of that is still there.
Too much to see in one day. A summer of weekend drives might encompass it all and that would be the best possible way to see it.