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In Annapolis, 9 acres and plenty of rooms with a view

A historic waterfront property sitting on nine acres, high on a bluff with a panoramic view of Annapolis, along with a circa 1840 manor home and farmhouse, are packaged in one bundle known as Severn Side Farm, listed at $5.3 million.

For the buyer needing just a little more space, three adjacent lots, which in combination with the main property total nearly 30 acres, can also be purchased for an additional $7.8 million.

"The property offers a serene setting with lots of privacy and is a seven-minute drive by boat or car to downtown Annapolis," said listing agent Anne Harrington of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "While there are many great waterfront properties that are currently on the market, it is a rarity to find a home in this area with this much acreage this close to Annapolis. The history of the Severn Side Farm is also something you don't see every day."

With more than 880 feet of river frontage, the estate was a gift to Jacob and Mary Winchester by her father, Charles Rideout, on the occasion of their marriage in the early 19th century. Meticulously maintained over the years, various additions were constructed, the most recent being a ballroom and dining room in 1920.

"Jacob Winchester, who died during the Civil War, left his legacy in the home," said Harrington. "His signature is etched on an original window where the den is currently located."

The manor home offers 6,500 square feet of living space and has a two-story traditional floor plan with six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and eight fireplaces, as well as a powder room. The main level includes living room, kitchen, dining room and den. Amenities include wood flooring, built-in bookcases, six-burner cooktop and a four-car garage.

The property comes with a deepwater pier outfitted with water and electricity. Exterior features include a brick porch and patio, in-ground pool, screened-in porches, tennis court and an outbuilding apartment.

Over the years, the home has been the setting for many weddings, balls and charity events.

"I love the style of the house," Harrington said. "You almost feel like you're at 'Downton Abbey' — like the lord and lady of the manor."

The specs

Address: 4 S. Winchester Road, Annapolis 21409

List price: $5.3 million

Living space: 6,500 square feet

Taxes: $14,097

Listing agent: Anne Harrington, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Annapolis Church Circle

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