Three nautical miles from downtown Annapolis but seeming worlds away is the private peninsula where Mill and Burley creeks meet the Chesapeake Bay — and where 2077 Maidstone Farm Road, a nine-acre estate with 2,000 feet of waterfront, awaits its new owner.
A Tudor-style home built of stucco in 1916 harks back to an era of elegant living. Touches of period craftsmanship outside and inside were provided by Italian artisans commissioned by the home's owner and builder, James Bowdoin, great-grandson of the founder of Bowdoin College in Maine.
This five-bedroom home, along with formal gardens, tennis courts, a pool, bath house, greenhouse, a stable and a guest cottage is for sale by Karen Hubble Bisbee of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $5,295,000.
The appraisal firm J. Bailey has written of the home "Walls are plaster throughout most of the house. … African Umbila and oak are prevalent floor coverings. ... The expansive, dramatic dining area has custom, hand-milled paneling and oak beams. The dining room ceilings are approximately 32 feet in height. The fireplace is hand-carved Indiana limestone [and] is the full height of the dining area.
"Interior doors are solid French oak. The third floor of the house offers vaulted ceilings. There are a total of seven fireplaces [within] the house and a custom grill ... in the kitchen."
Custom touches and impressive details are found in the home's library, billiard room and hexagonal solarium. These include marble and onyx countertops, gold hardware, walnut paneling and an oil-on-canvas mural painted by international artist Joseph Sheppard that spans four walls. There is even a musicians' gallery in the dining hall together with six sets of French doors opening onto the gardens — plus an outstanding view.
"There are places where you can stand on this property and literally have a 270-degree view of the water," Hubble Bisbee said. "This is without a doubt one of the finest pieces of waterfront property I have stood on in the state of Maryland."
Address: 2077 Maidstone Farm Road, Annapolis 21409
List price: $5,295,000
Year built: 1916
Square footage: 10,745
Listing agent: Karen Hubble Bisbee, Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun