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Aug 16, 2013 01:05PM ● By Cate Reynolds

By Lurdes Abruscato


Primary Structure Built: 1976
Sold For: $3,600,000
Original List Price: $3,800,000
Last Sold/Price: 1996/$1,200,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 7 (5 full, 2 half baths)
Living Space: 5,363 square feet, 6,200-plus with lower level
Lot Size: 4.19 acres

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Not only does this waterfront home win the coveted title of most expensive residential property sold in Anne Arundel County during the first quarter of 2013, but it sold in just under a month—an incredible feat for higher-priced houses, which typically linger on the market longer for select buyers. In addition, the negotiation/ deal/closing processes on the 37-year-old dwelling went exceptionally smoothly, according to both sides, a rarity for older homes at this price point. Yet, these are just a few of the many surprises which this property.

With more than four acres and 1,450 feet of water frontage at a point where the Severn River, Luce Creek, and Howard’s Cove converge, the lot itself is noteworthy. Luce Creek offers protective coverage for yachts, and Howard’s Cove is popular among area power and sailboaters for its private and deep waters. The property comes with deep water access (8-plus MLW), a pier with a boat lift and even a tram elevator from the cliffside to the dock. Set back on a lot with mature trees and foliage, the location consists of a unique blend of sheltered privacy with spectacular panoramic views of the water.

Enhancing its outdoor presence, the abode has its own infinity-edge pool, creating the illusion of fl owing directly into the Severn River. Multiple decks allow for ample sitting, entertaining and viewing areas, and a large awning can be deployed for shading. An elaborate koi pond skirts the front entrances, with large natural stone, Epay no-maintenance decking, and a bridge to the foyer, creating a Zen vision of water lilies, lotus flowers, and 200-plus koi fish. The outside landscape showcases mature Japanese maples, azaleas, rhododendron, camellias, and other garden elements for maximum year-round color.

The dwelling is a sprawling complex designed around the vistas (all but two rooms boast water views) and incorporating both modern and traditional finishes. The kitchen, for example, features unique Italian lacquered cabinetry and tile flooring, with a breakfast nook overlooking the koi pond. The master suite, which includes his and her baths and a separate steam shower, overlooks the Severn River with walkouts to the infinity pool. A two-sided gas fireplace connects the dining and living rooms.

During their 17 years in residence, the sellers remodeled various parts of the home, including a previously detached studio, which was replaced by a striking glass-walled solarium connected to the main house. The solarium, with its exposed roof structure of carved rafter tails and tongue-and-groove wood, is anchored by an exterior stone wall that flows through glass and becomes a floor-to-ceiling, two-sided fi replace. The end result is a structure made to enjoy the coastal setting while staying true to the Asian influences throughout the home.

Oversized Italian marble tiles in the solarium flow to a separate butler’s pantry/mudroom and into a distinctly modern bathroom with its glass sink, rain showerhead and pebble-tiled walkway trailing out to the deck to prevent slipping on the marble. Other appealing elements include two separate two-car garages and a lower-level rec room with a wine storage area.

Sources: Bonnie Parks (listing agent), Broker, Annapolis Realty, 410-280-5600,, Brad Kappel (buyer’s agent), Mr. Waterfront Team, Long & Foster, office-410-266-6880, cell-410-212-5087, Photos courtesy of Mouse on House.


Primary Structure Built: 2003
Sold For: $885,000
Original List Price: $925,000
Last Sold/Price: 2009/$887,500
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4.5
Living Space: 4,052 square feet
Lot Size: 1.38 acres

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In an assuming Annapolis suburb at the end of a quiet cul de sac, this 10-year-old brick-front Colonial surprised us with its blend of elegant yet practical features. It had the same effect on prospective buyers, with lots of viewing activity before settling.

The residence offers ample security and privacy with a wrought-iron, gated entrance and a large lot that backs to a wooded area. But privacy doesn’t preclude livable and entertainment-friendly spaces, abundant inside and outside the dwelling. The sheltered backyard, for example, reveals a deck overlooking a heated, Pebble Tec pool and waterfall, a considerable stone fi replace, and a grilling station with an ice maker and separate refrigerator.

Indoors, a Tuscan-inspired kitchen features Italian tile fl ooring with mosaic accents and bead board fi nishes on the island and cabinetry. Gourmet elements are everywhere, including a Thermador range and hood, heating drawer, trash compactor, and an adjoining wet bar also housing a Miele coffee center.

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A soaring two-story family room with walls of windows is connected to the study with a double-sided fireplace. Upstairs, a master suite contains vaulted ceilings, a sitting area with fi replace, and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors. The exceptional master bath is outfitted with striking slate tiling, vessel sinks, whirlpool tub, and a separate steam shower.

The lower level continues with the practical-yetentertaining- friendly theme, with its card room, kitchenette, and gym. The home theater room is especially engaging, with a step-up for two levels of theatre seating, built-in speakers, and a projector system.

Sources: Lori Gough (listing agent), Associate Broker, Champion Realty, office-410-224-0624, cell-410-320- 0851,, Thomas Parks (buyer’s agent), Keller Williams Realty, office-410- 729-7700, cell-443-623-0147,