- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 3, 2006

While some buyers pine for a home on the National Register of Historic Places, others long for a home that will endure and become timeless, until, decades later, it qualifies for this prestigious designation.

The owner of the home known as High Watch, at 6163 Long Point Road in Neavitt, Md., has always appreciated older homes. In the past, he has owned two National Register homes and has restored several grand homes in Charleston, S.C.

He built High Watch on the Eastern Shore with the most up-to-date technology. The style of the rooms, the flooring, trim and finishes are reminiscent of an old-fashioned Southern mansion, complete with two levels of wrap-around porches shaded by a deeply overhanging roof.

But modern efficiency is accomplished through the use of a nondecaying exterior, state-of-the-art windows and superior insulation package for climate control. Careful attention has been paid to structural supports from the concrete foundation to the timbers, along with the plumbing and drainage.

Now on the market for $3,495,000, High Watch overlooks more than 7 acres on an elevated point of land with 1,000 feet of shoreline near the confluence of Balls Creek, Broad Creek and the Choptank River.

Completed in the spring of 2005, this home also includes a deep water pier with electricity and water, plus a large barn with a two-story loft providing space for storage or a horse facility.

The exterior of the home has Hardiplank siding, 50-year architectural roof shingles and an attached two-car garage with heat.

The owner added a security system and a central vacuum system, cable wiring and additional telephone wiring. All plumbing includes copper pipes.

The home also has hardwood flooring, wainscoting and three masonry fireplaces with a rough-in for gas logs in two fireplaces. The main level features a graceful formal living room with a fireplace, columns, mullioned windows and a French door with a transom opening onto the porch.

The formal dining room includes a chandelier, wainscoting and tall windows.

The custom kitchen has white and glass-front cabinets, granite counters, a 48-inch Wolf range with double ovens, a griddle and a grill, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a triple sink and Grohe fixtures.

The kitchen and breakfast area include multiple windows framing water views, along with French doors to the porch. An adjacent butler’s pantry includes a sink, a minirefrigerator and an additional dishwasher. A laundry and utility room is nearby.

The first-floor master suite includes a masonry fireplace with gas logs, a sitting room and a bedroom with plenty of closet space, multiple windows and French doors to the porch. The luxurious master bath has several windows, a Kohler steam shower, a whirlpool tub, a bidet and marble floors with marble tub and shower surrounds.

The second level includes a 25-by-22-foot family room with a fireplace and French doors to the upper-level porch, along with an office or maid’s room of 24 feet by 14 feet.

Four additional bedrooms have been built on this level. A large storage room is also accessible on the second floor.

The third floor has been finished with heat and air conditioning and drywall and could be completed for additional living space, if desired. This level has been preplumbed for two additional bathrooms.

For information or an appointment to visit High Watch, call Realtor Cornelia C. Heckenbach of Meredith Real Estate at 410/310-1229.

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