Hot House: 1695 Epping Farms Lane, Annapolis, Md. 21401
Overlooking Clements Creek, a large, brick, gated estate house on 5.69 private acres, built in 1979. 4,039 sq. ft., with five bedrooms, five and a half baths. Attached garage, two-story living room, new gourmet kitchen, temperature controlled wine room. Heated swimming pool, hot tub and gazebo — all with water views. 122’ pier with boatlift on deep water: $2,695,000
What: A house on the water, with commanding views of Clements Creek, a tributary of the Severn River which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. Not an actual captain’s house at the moment, but it would make an ideal land base for someone who would rather be at sea. A pretty driveway leads through a landscaped yard and up to the circular drive. Realtor says house is “international style” – it has a Norman turret – but forget about that because the beauty of the house is all at the back. Outdoor living and outdoor entertaining here would be pure joy, as gentle breezes float up from the river, kids fish on a neighboring pier, and sailboats bob across the water. A big glassed-in family room with stone fireplace overlooks the whole scene, which would be stunning even in winter. Wooden stairs run down to the pier, where your yacht (not included) is waiting.
Where: Roughly 40 minutes from Baltimore, 30 minutes from D.C., and 15 minutes from the center of Annapolis. From downtown Baltimore, take 295S. to 695E. to I97 towards the Bay Bridge. Take Exit 5 to MD178/Generals Highway. From there, it’s four miles to Epping Forest Road, gateway to the (gated) community of Epping Forest. Epping Forest Road becomes Epping Way, and on the left is Epping Farms Lane. Established in 1926, just after the neighboring community of Sherwood Forest, it is a pleasant walk or bike ride to both Sherwood Forest and Downs on the Severn. There is a community clubhouse with tennis courts and walking trails. With about 400 homes, the average home price here is about $800,000.
Would Suit: Boat people seeking other boat people.
Why: Your dream is to live in a mansion on the water.
Why Not: Not so crazy about the boating life, get seasick.
NB: Epping Forest is very friendly and social…in case you’re more of a loner.
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