- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Annapolis area is perhaps the most well-known area in the Washington region for waterfront properties, some of them among the most expensive in the region.

Buyers looking for a home with a deep-water boat slip and water views may want to set sail for locations other than the immediate Annapolis area, such as in southern Anne Arundel, a region referred to by locals as South County, or in neighborhoods in the central part of the county. These areas also feature property with a relaxing waterfront lifestyle, but are, at times, more affordable — relatively speaking.

A recently constructed home at 329 South Drive in Severna Park has been carefully sited on a 1.5-acre level lot to maximize the water views. Now on the market for $2,299,000, this property has 520 feet of water frontage, a sandy beach, and a private pier with three deep-water slips with water depths of 8 to 10 feet. Water surrounds three sides of the home for a 270-degree water view.

Set on a private site on Cattail Creek off the Magothy River, this home has a finished post-and-beam-style construction so that the rooms can be as open to the natural beauty of its setting as possible.

Walls of glass have been installed wherever possible to blur the division between outdoors and indoors.

The front of the home features a deep, shaded front porch with columns, perfect for relaxing with guests or in solitude with a good book, a glass of lemonade and a comfortable chair.

The post-and-beam construction begins right on this porch, with an exposed beam above the front door. Inside, beamed ceilings add charm to the rooms, while the wood overhead links the eye with the trees outside and blends with the hardwood flooring underfoot.

Guests are welcomed in the central foyer, which has a view straight through the house to the deck and water views in the distance. On one side of the foyer are the open kitchen, breakfast area and dining room, each with a beamed ceiling.

The kitchen includes walls of windows and plenty of work space, including a center island with a breakfast bar. A deep bay window extends the breakfast area into the deck.

The kitchen features granite counters and cherry cabinets, plus a walk-in pantry around the corner.

The most spectacular room in this home is the family room, which has a two-story beamed cathedral ceiling, which creates a dramatic window wall at one end of the room. Glass doors link the family room with the wraparound deck, while a fireplace adds warmth to the room on chilly days.

At the back of the living room, the central, open staircase leads to the upper and lower levels. Nearby, a sunroom with a bay window provides another location for relaxing or entertaining casually. This level also has a storage room, closets, a powder room and a two-car garage.

The second-level master-bedroom suite features a sloping beamed ceiling with a triple window at one end, framing a water view. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and a private bath with a large shower.

The second level includes a laundry room, a full bath, and three additional bedrooms with beamed ceilings and plenty of windows. Two of these bedrooms include walk-in closets.

The finished third level has an open loft, attic storage rooms, and a guest suite with a full bath and a large bedroom including a deep dormer space.

The finished basement features large open spaces defined by columns. These rooms can function for entertaining guests, exercising or working in a home office.

Anyone who loves looking at the water and enjoying some serenity will be drawn to this casually elegant home.

For information or an appointment, call Realtor Charlie Buckley of Long & Foster Realtors at 410/266-6880 or visit www.waterfronthomes.org.



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