- - Thursday, August 2, 2012

Whether you love boating or simply enjoy a water view, you have to admit that having your own private sand beach and a private pier for docking a boat may be one of the world’s ultimate luxuries.

The private, gated community of Bluff Point on the Severn in Severna Park, Md., offers a haven for homeowners looking for privacy amid natural beauty. The community has just six homes.

The estate at 659 Rock Cove Lane rests on 1.66 acres within the Bluff Point community and includes unobstructed waterfront views of a private cove and the Severn River. The Federal-style home, which includes 10,290 square feet of living space in addition to outdoor amenities, is on the market for $6.5 million.

Built in 1996, this brick-and-cedar home has five bedrooms, six full baths and a four-car garage. The parklike setting not only offers views of the river but includes views of a pond, a koi fish pond with a waterfall, woods and foliage.

In addition to the pier, the property includes an offshore dock in 12 feet of water, enough to accommodate a yacht. A separate boathouse also comes with the property. The Bluff Point community also has a marina.

An enclosed patio with river views holds a 10-by-40-foot indoor lap pool with a retractable cover. The patio has a dehumidifier and electric heat so it can be used year-round.

In spite of their supreme privacy, residents can quickly access shops, restaurants and entertainment in Severna Park or nearby Annapolis. They also can travel by boat within minutes to Annapolis or within 45 minutes to St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore.

River views are an integral part of nearly every room in this home, which has soaring ceilings, layers of detailed dentil molding, raised-panel woodwork and an elevator to all three levels. The attention to detail in this home is clear, with all interior and exterior lighting set on timers, a sound system inside with outside speakers, a security system, four zones of heating and air conditioning, and six gas fireplaces with the option of converting them to wood-burning fireplaces.

Guests can be welcomed in the grand two-story foyer, which has a Waterford crystal chandelier, oak floors and a curved staircase. The formal living room and formal dining room, each perfect for elegant entertaining, include floor-to-ceiling raised paneling, elaborately detailed built-ins and concealed storage, all accented by a decorative shell motif.

The main level also includes a music room with a niche framed by fluted columns, the perfect setting for a grand piano. French doors in the music room open onto one of this home’s many terraces, patios and balconies, most with a river view. Nearby is the gathering room, a less formal space for friends and family with a dramatic coffered ceiling, built-in shelves and cabinets and a fireplace with a restored 250-year-old mantel. French doors link this room with the terrace.

The custom-designed kitchen features upgraded stainless steel appliances, including a warming drawer, custom cherry cabinetry, and a hand-painted Spanish tile backsplash. The separate butler’s pantry has granite counters and a beverage center. The adjacent breakfast room includes a wall of built-in cabinets and a counter with hand-painted Spanish tile.

Upstairs, the master suite occupies a wing with intricate woodwork, two walk-in closets with a built-in safe, a separate coffee bar with a refrigerator and microwave, a sitting room with a fireplace and a tray ceiling, and a private balcony overlooking the waterfront. The master bath features a whirlpool tub underneath a vaulted barrel ceiling with columns and imported Italian marble tile.

The upper level has three additional bedrooms, each with a luxurious private bath and a walk-in closet. A fifth bedroom and full bath are on the main level.

The expansive lower level includes a game room with a fireplace, a home office, a recreation room, a fitness center, and a library with wall-to-wall bookcases and a fireplace. Nearby are a wine-tasting room with a granite-topped wet bar and a temperature-controlled wine cellar that can hold 2,000 bottles.

For more information or an appointment to see this Severna Park home, contact Creig Northrop or Bonnie Casey of the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate at 410/531-0321 or visit www.659rockcovelane.com.

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