- - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Washingtonians who long for a touch of Cape Cod don’t have to drive eight hours north to enjoy the taste of seafood, the peace of deep woods, the serenity found next to a creek or a pond or the joy of watching sunlight dance on gentle waves. These delights and more can be found in Virginia’s Northern Neck, 75 miles south of the District.

Bordered by the Potomac River, the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay, the Northern Neck was dubbed the “Garden of Virginia” by George Washington, according to the Northern Neck Tourism Commission. While not all area residents are aware of the myriad attractions of the Northern Neck, it is by no means a newly created resort community - Capt. John Smith explored the area in 1608.

Among the area’s many charms are miles of waterfront land along the Potomac, the Rappahannock and the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.

Along Taylor’s Creek, on the Corrotoman River, a waterfront property at 107 Berkeley Forest Road in Weems, Va., is on the market for $899,777. This unusual parcel includes approximately 700 feet of waterfront land, three cottages and two boathouses.

The mean low water depth of 3 to 4 feet accommodates those who want to keep boats at the property. The Chesapeake Bay is approximately 10 miles by boat from the Taylor’s Creek property. The creek is perfect for growing oysters, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, boating, and watching birds and other wildlife.

The 6-acre family compound includes a 2-acre field that could be built on or used for pasture land. The three cottages on the property could be used by a family with several branches or generations or perhaps by a group of friends who want to enjoy frequent getaways.

All three cottages have water views. The largest cottage, which has been completely renovated, has two bedrooms and two baths, a living area with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the trees and the water. This home includes a wood-burning fireplace and a renovated kitchen with a charming red-and-white checkerboard floor and a center island. The master bedroom has a private full bath and the other bedroom has a full bath off the hall. A deck and hot tub outside are perfect for enjoying the summer evening breeze.

The second small cottage, which has two bedrooms and one bath, has an incredible view of undeveloped nature. The third cottage is in the process of being built and has wiring, plumbing, a septic field and the infrastructure for heating and air conditioning. It awaits finishing with flooring, appliances and fixtures.

The 6-acre parcel could accommodate additional homes or an expansion of one or more of the existing cottages.

While the homes offer a charming refuge from city life, the serenity of this Northern Neck retreat will draw residents and their guests to the area for weekends and longer visits throughout the year. In spite of the remote feeling and complete privacy afforded by the compound, the towns of Kilmarnock and Irvington and the local hospital are within a few miles drive.

While boating and fishing are clearly a priority for many area residents, bird-watching and hunting are also favored local pastimes. Dozens of marinas offer boat rentals and chartered fishing boats, while local cruises offer another option for enjoying the water. Historic sites can be found in abundance along with parks and beaches at Belle Isle State Park, Westmoreland State Park and Colonial Beach.

Multiple golf courses are nearby and the Northern Neck boasts eight wineries. The nearby villages offer unique shops, art galleries and antiques stores, along with such beloved local landmarks as Nate’s Trick Dog Cafe, the Hope and Glory Inn and the Tide’s Inn. Dozens of waterfront restaurants on the Potomac and the Rappahannock offer fresh seafood and other delights.

A variety of art and music festivals and food festivals, such as the annual Urbana Oyster Fest, provide entertainment year-round, but many residents prefer to commune with the birds, water and bright blue skies of the Northern Neck.

For more information or directions to this Weems property, contact Realtor David Fine with River and Rural Realty at 202/297-8946 or visit www.NorthernNeckGetaway.com.