Includes six acres with guest house, private dock and outstanding water views
Exceptionally designed to take advantage of panoramic views of the beautiful Wye River, this elegant home is in the exclusive Bennett Point community. Conveniently situated only 15 miles from the Bay Bridge and less than 60 miles from both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, it is perfect as a primary residence or as a second home retreat.
Located at 3015 Bennett Point Road in Queenstown, the home and guest house include five bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms, and more than 6,000 square feet of gracious waterfront living. It is listed by Jimmy White in the Kent Island office of Long & Foster | Christie’s International Real Estate for $2.875 million.
Both the Wye River and the Bennett Point community are steeped in history. A boater’s paradise, the Wye River is a 16-mile tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Named after the River Wye in the United Kingdom, the river is popular with boaters due to its deep water, fishing and crabbing, as well as its proximity to the popular towns of Easton and St. Michaels. Bennett Point was named for Elizabeth and Richard Bennett III, who lived there between 1700 and 1749 when the area was a major port. Richard Bennett, a lawyer, planter and merchant, was one of the wealthiest men in the colony and has been recognized as America’s first millionaire.
“This home is perfectly situated to take advantage of water views from every angle,” said White. “The current owners built the home with top-of-the line materials and extraordinary details – including the cupola, which was built on the ground and then carefully placed on the top of the house.”
As you arrive at this exceptional property, you’ll notice its beautiful architectural details – set against the backdrop of the picturesque Wye River. Entering the home through its glass double front doors, you’ll step into the elegant wide foyer that extends 27 feet to a wall of glass in the back of the home, offering stunning views of the river.
The library is spacious and ideal to enjoy a game of billiards with friends or quiet time reading a good book by the fireplace. This room is richly appointed with finished millwork, custom ceiling, built-in cabinetry and a wet bar.
Designed for grand entertaining as well as comfort, the living room is a bright and spacious area, ideal to serve drinks before dinner while enjoying panoramic water views. In warm weather, open the glass doors to extend your party to the covered patio overlooking the river.
It’s easy to prepare a family meal or cook for a crowd in the well-equipped gourmet kitchen. Custom cabinets surround professional appliances including a Wolf gas range and Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezers behind custom wood cabinetry panels. The center island with its contrasting cabinetry has triple-thick granite countertops trimmed with a double ogee edge. Open a pocket door to reveal an expansive pantry featuring built-in storage, drawers, a window and coffee bar counter. The kitchen’s informal dining area has a semi-circle of windows to enjoy morning coffee and water views.
A butler’s pantry with wet bar and wine chiller connect the kitchen to the formal dining room. Your family celebrations and dinner parties will be remembered in this elegant dining room under the twinkle of the crystal chandelier.
After a day of boating, you’ll enjoy relaxing in the main level master suite, with bay window to take in the calming water views, a sitting room and gorgeous spa-like bathroom. The master bathroom has imported glass sink bowls, a stand-alone bathtub, dual water closets, large glass-enclosed shower and a towel warming drawer.
The home’s main staircase is truly a work of art. This wide staircase is adorned with a unique wrought-iron railing. Designed by the owners, sculptures on this custom, hand-made railing evolved over a two-year timeframe. With a wildlife theme, this one-of-a kind railing includes items such as a whimsical frog tea party, fish and a bird’s nest with five eggs in it to represent the owner’s five grandchildren.
A sitting room, at the top of the magnificent staircase, is an open space graced by plenty of natural light from the glass-lined roof turret above the staircase. On this level, you’ll find two en-suite bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and sitting room.
Your overnight guests will enjoy the privacy of the guest apartment, with full kitchen, above the detached garage.
Other features of this outstanding home include a private dock, garage parking for seven vehicles, and a tankless water heater. In addition, both the luxury guest apartment and the main home are equipped with an environmentally responsible and highly efficient, state-of-the-art geothermal heating/cooling system.
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