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Architectural Beauty on the Corsica

Apr 01, 2018 07:00AM ● By Brian Saucedo
By Lisa A. Lewis

Natural beauty and resort-style amenities abound at this stunning waterfront retreat

Nestled on the Corsica River, on a 17-acre lot in a lush, tranquil setting surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature, stands an awe-inspiring architectural masterpiece. The epitome of luxury, the property, which is located in Centreville—only 20 minutes from the Bay Bridge—is so impressive that it elevates the concept of even the most highly-coveted waterfront properties to a whole new level. Comprised of two parcels—each was listed separately with the option to purchase both as one package—the extraordinary property consists of a luxurious three-level craftsman-style main house with 5,862 square feet of living space and a unique two-level craftsman-style guest house/barn/garage with 1,568 square feet of living space. (Both structures were custom built by R A Morel Builders and designed by architect Alan Meyers.)

“This property represents one of the finest home sites on the Corsica River—if not all of Queen Anne’s County,” says Travis Gray of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the listing agent for the property. “Every waterfront property is unique, but a property of this caliber is truly special due to the combination of its expansive views up and down the Corsica River, along with substantial water frontage on tranquil Reed Creek. Big views, protected water, and total privacy are a rare combination to find within an hour of Annapolis.”

An Exquisite Work of Art
Situated on a 9.05-acre lot, the main house, which was built in 2000 and boasts an eye-catching brick and stone siding exterior design, luxurious interior and exterior spaces, exquisite architectural detailing, 1,320 feet of water frontage, and serene water views, is truly a sight to behold. Designed for modern lifestyles, the home features a main-level open floor plan that seamlessly blends the kitchen, dining, and living areas into one common space—perfect for entertaining. Dramatic vaulted ceilings, stylish ceiling fans, and recessed lighting add a touch of absolute elegance, and walls of windows not only maximize the water views but also allow abundant natural light to flow throughout the home’s interior spaces—creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. And when darkness falls, the artificial lighting spills through the windows, illuminating the home and making it shine brightly like a beacon in the night. 

The well-appointed gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, sleek granite countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, a gas cooktop, and a breakfast bar. Gathering with family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal is an absolute delight in the elegant dining room with large windows, which boast spectacular views, and beautiful hardwood floors. Designed for luxury and comfort, the spacious living room features walls of windows, a cozy double-sided fireplace (shared with the dining room), and access to the charming screened-in porch—an ideal setting to relax and enjoy the views.

The master suite, which also boasts water views, is absolutely luxurious and includes a spa-like master bath with an expanded vanity with sleek countertops and dual sinks, a soaking tub, and a separate shower.

The home also includes a sitting room with a fireplace, a mudroom, and a half bath on the main level, two bedrooms and two full baths on the second level, and a lower walkout level with a family room, a home office, and a half bath.

Taking a leisurely stroll along the picturesque grounds reveals enchanting features that beautify the property, such as ponds and waterfalls, stone walkways, and lovely professional landscaping. And the exterior spaces, which were designed not only to enhance the property but also to
offer ample opportunities to enjoy
the delights of waterfront living to the fullest, include stunning wraparound decks, a paver patio with a grilling area, an outdoor bar, a Gunite pool, a hot tub, a pool house with a full bath and a sauna, a sandy beach, and a private pier with a boat slip. Indeed, this spectacular waterfront oasis is an absolute gem—the perfect setting for entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying an upscale, peaceful lifestyle on the beautiful Corsica River.

“The Corsica River is one of my favorite rivers in our area,” Gray says. “Its serene setting is a pleasant change of pace from the busy rivers of the western shore. Evidence of its rich history remains today—most notably, the estate at the mouth of the river that was originally built by John Raskob, the builder of the Empire State Building, now owned by the recently evicted Russian Embassy.”

An Innovative Design
Situated on an 8.34-acre lot, the guest house/barn/garage, which was built in 2002, greatly complements the main house, and this lavish waterfront retreat simply wouldn’t be complete without both parcels. Boasting 1,150 feet of water frontage, serene water views, and idyllic grounds, the main level of the property features a stylish family room with a vaulted ceiling, a ceiling fan, and abundant windows—the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the views—a kitchenette, a bedroom (guest suite), and a full bath. The lower level includes a spacious garage, which could also serve as a barn, and a half bath.

Both parcels were listed on June 21, 2017, and closed on September 27, 2017, for the original listing prices. The main house sold for $2,100,000, and the guest house/barn/garage sold for $1,100,000—a grand total of $3,200,000 for this one-of-a-kind waterfront paradise.

“The most rewarding aspect of marketing this property was watching visitors experience it for the first time,” Gray says. “I work with some of the best photographers in the area, but no photo or video can do justice to a waterfront property like this one. This particular transaction was one of my favorites because working with the sellers and the buyers was such a wonderful experience. I’ve never seen so much hugging and happy crying at a settlement, and it’s great to be a part of that. It feels good to help a family sell their dream home to a family who has found their dream home.”

Property information and photos courtesy of Travis Gray, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.