- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2005

Avid car collector Jack Jensen and his wife purchased an expansive estate in Charles County that has enough garage space to hold up to 10

cars at a time.

Paneled, heated and decorated with car posters and photographs, the detached four-car garage and the newer six-car garage, built in 2002, are among the many amenities of this Port Tobacco French Colonial home.

Port Tobacco is one of the oldest communities on the East Coast and became an important river port in Maryland during the late 1600s. It was the original county seat for Charles County and was a prominent part of John Wilkes Booth’s escape route.

The Port Tobacco courthouse, which burned under shadowy circumstances in 1892, is reconstructed and furnished today as a 19th-century courtroom with tobacco and archaeological exhibits.

Perched on a high point in the neighborhood, the house at 7635 Carley Drive, offered at $1,999,999, overlooks Port Tobacco River, offering year-round water views.

An enclosure ensures year-round swimming in the 16-foot-by-40-foot in-ground pool. The enclosure, with walls of arched windows and a glass ceiling, also houses a hot tub, sauna and entertainment area with a bar.

A roomy sun porch with a vaulted ceiling is connected to the pool house and has a separate outside entrance, as well.

In addition to the main house, there’s a fully equipped guesthouse attached to the four-car garage. The two-story guesthouse features three bedrooms on the upper level, 11/2 baths, a fully equipped kitchen and a den with a fireplace.

The estate was built in 1973, but the home has undergone several renovations including a remodeling in 1985 and again in 2002.

An arched entryway leads to a center hall. The floor plan places the formal living and dining rooms on opposite ends of the two-story foyer. Both rooms are tastefully wallpapered with curtains to match. The draperies convey to the new owners.

The formal living room comes with a tall, marble wood-burning fireplace and mantel. The dining room has a ceiling medallion accenting the chandelier with crown and chair-rail molding highlighting the walls. Nearby is a powder room with furniture-quality cabinets for the sink and a glass display case.

Another tall fireplace, this one made of stone, is the focal point in the family room. It is one of six fireplaces found throughout the estate.

A bay in the family room has windows that swing open.

The kitchen has a brick arched entryway opening into an unexpected first-floor recreation room. Several steps straight ahead lead to the sunken recreation room. Steps also lead down to the area behind a bar.

The long, L-shaped wet bar has seating for at least eight people.

The bottom portion of the bar is lined with brick. A brick-walled fireplace includes a decorative brick bay for wood storage. Sliding glass doors open to the outside patio. There’s also space in the back of the room for a pool table.

Back in the kitchen, two windows showcase picturesque views looking downward onto the Port Tobacco River.

A double oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and disposal are among the appliances. There is plenty of cabinet and counter space with one two-sided counter that separates the kitchen from the breakfast room. The counters are Corian, and some of the cabinets have glass fronts.

A main-level master suite is around the corner and is currently being used as a home office. The room has French doors to the patio, a large closet, fireplace, and master bathroom with a double sink and tub.

A curved staircase in the foyer leads to the four bedrooms on the second floor, including the second master suite. This inviting master bedroom with crown molding has a small balcony and a view.

The bedroom is large enough to have a comfortable, separate sitting area and a bathroom with a shower and a tub.

The remaining three bedrooms have crown molding. One includes a brick fireplace.

The bedrooms share a hall bath with tile floors and a uniquely curved double sink.

There is abundant storage space on the lower level, which has Berber carpeting, a brick-walled fireplace and paneling.

Additional features on the property include a tobacco barn that was built in the 1600s, a 50-foot-by-50-foot barn and horse stables.

Address: 7635 Carley Drive, Port Tobacco, MD 20677

Community: Port Tobacco

Age: Built in 1973

Price: $1,999,999

Homeowners’ association: None

Size: 5,806 square feet on lot of about 5 acres

Taxes: $9,201 in 2004

Exterior features: All-brick French Colonial, six-car and four-car heated garages, historic barn, stables, patio

Interior features: Five bedrooms including two master suites, three full baths, two half baths, separate guesthouse with three bedrooms and 11/2 baths, main-level recreation room with wet bar, Corian counters, hardwood floors, French doors, high ceilings

Amenities: Six fireplaces, enclosed pool house with entertainment area, sun porch, sauna, intercom system, security system, central vacuum

Schools: Mitchell Elementary, Piccowaxen Middle, McDonough High

Close by: Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, LaPlata, shopping, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Cathy McGarrigan of Long & Foster at 301/292-0700.

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