The home has plenty to recommend it — five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two sunrooms and a big kitchen — but the primary selling point is outside.

The property at 807 Broadwater Way, which changed hands for just over $1.8 million in October, sits on Gibson Island, hard against the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. From there, you can see the Bay Bridge, the Eastern Shore and many, many ships.


"It's quite panoramic," said Barbara Ann Watson, the listing agent for the property.

It's also very exclusive — a gated island with 200 houses nestled on 1,000 acres. The community has a spring-fed lake and — among other amenities in the island's private club — a pool, a nine-hole golf course and a yacht squadron.

The home on Broadwater Way is Nantucket style, typical of the island. Features include a formal dining room, a pantry with a wet bar and a separate two-car garage, Watson said.

The new owners live in Baltimore, she said. Many Gibson Island properties are second homes for Marylanders, Washingtonians or Philadelphians.

But just over half the homes are primary residences. That includes Watson's — her family has lived on the island for more than 30 years.

"The majority of the people that come to buy are friends of friends," said Watson, who runs the real estate office for the Gibson Island Corp., the homeowners association. "They visit here and they think, 'Oh my heavens, I'd like to stay.' "


The specs

Address: 807 Broadwater Way, Gibson Island 21056

Sale price: $1.825 million

Bedrooms: Five

Bathrooms: Four

Square footage: Approximately 3,100


Listing agent: Barbara Ann Watson of the Gibson Island Corp.