- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2005

A custom waterfront estate in Anne Arundel County sits on 2 acres overlooking South River, close to U.S. Route 50 for reaching the beach, but also in the community of Harbor Hills, with its own private beach and picnic pavilion.

Boat slips are available at a marina nearby. A community clubhouse with a swimming pool and lighted tennis court provides for additional recreation.

A sea of trees surrounds the English Tudor-style home at 635 Santa Maria Lane in Davidsonville, giving it privacy, shade and an attractive backdrop. The home is being offered for $1,499,000.

The circular driveway branches off to a side-entry, three-car garage. A curved cobblestone walkway in front of the house leads inside the main entrance.

Although the home was completed in 1985, the owners added a conservatory10 years ago and recently renovated the kitchen and master bath.

Hardwood floors gleam throughout several main-level rooms and many of the walls are painted in pale shades of peach.

The welcoming, open foyer has a doorway to the left that leads to an in-law suite with a private bathroom.

Straight ahead, the foyer overlooks the sunken living room. This sunny, formal living room has a two-story wall of glass to maximize the view, including two sets of French doors that open onto the wraparound deck.

An impressive floor-to-ceiling, double-sided stone fireplace takes up the entire wall shared by the living room and den. The fireplace makes for a wonderful focal point and decorating centerpiece.

There’s also a balcony overlooking the living room from the second floor.

The den, with a wall of built-ins, offers a doorway to the deck and views of the water.

The spacious formal dining room to the right of the foyer has a bay window facing the front yard, wood crown molding and a doorway that heads into the kitchen.

The kitchen seems to be the central gathering spot with comfortable spaces to dine and chat. The kitchen comes with a cooking island that has a six-burner gas stove and breakfast bar, wide Jenn-Air stainless steel double ovens, a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher with doors to match the off-white cabinetry, and an instant hot water dispenser.

A large pass-through in front of the sink opens into the adjacent sunroom, also used as the family room. A second breakfast bar across from the sink lets guests take part in the action in both rooms.

The kitchen also has a dining area with a Tiffany-style light fixture and a custom European bench that wraps around part of the table.

The expansive family room addition, directly behind the kitchen area, catches you by surprise when walking toward the back of the house. The family room trades formality for comfort. Surrounded by tall windows, this rustic room has a high wood-beamed ceiling accented by skylights and ceiling fans.

A pellet stove fireplace helps keep the room warm in winter.

The family room has a door to the wraparound deck with panoramic river views. A side door opens to part of the deck that is set up as an outdoor dining area beside the fishpond and waterfall.

The stairway to the second level is in the foyer, where the owner creatively used the large wall on the staircase to display a gallery of photographs. The upstairs hall has a balcony with an attractive view of the South River out of a wall of high windows.

In the master bedroom, a beautifully painted mural of palm trees near the ocean gives the master bedroom a tropical feel. Patio doors open onto a “Juliet” balcony deck overlooking the water. There’s a tray ceiling with a stylish fan that also helps to keep cool.

The newly remodeled master bath is striking in earth tones, with a custom concrete counter.

Ceramic tile surrounds the open European shower, and the jetted tub sits beneath a sunny window bay with a plant ledge. There’s also a glass block wall nearby for privacy. The double vanity has brass fixtures and white cabinets.

Bedrooms two and three are connected by a shared bath. Both have access to a bonus room behind the bedrooms.

The bonus room is used as a home office with two computer workstations, but it could easily be utilized as a children’s playroom or library.

This home also has a finished basement with a half bath.

The back yard offers a sitting area on a high point facing the woods and the river.

Address: 635 Santa Maria Lane, Davidsonville, MD 21035

Community: Harbor Hills

Age: Built in 1985

Price: $1,499,000

Size: About 4,500 square feet on a lot of 2 acres

Taxes: $6,463 in 2004

Homeowners’ association: Optional, $1,000 annual fee includes neighborhood pool, beach, tennis and marina

Exterior features: English Tudor home, garden shed, circular driveway, three-car side-entry garage, wraparound deck, outdoor lighting, professional landscaping with irrigation system, invisible dog fence, fishpond

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 31/2 baths, main level in-law suite, den with built-ins, two-story living room, sunroom/family room addition, skylights, master bedroom balcony, granite counters, six-burner gas stove, French doors, European open shower, tub with jets, window bay, recessed lights

Amenities: Two-sided gas fireplace, pellet stove, mural in master suite, ceiling fans, security system

Schools: Davidsonville Elementary, Central Middle, South River High

Close by: Community clubhouse, swimming pool, beach, tennis, Harbor Hills Marina

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Dennis Squires of RE/MAX at 410/544-5334.

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