Standing proudly on a high knoll overlooking a broad expanse of rippling blue saltwaters on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is this like-new William E. Poole designed home. Poole, an internationally famous Southern architect based in Wilmington, S.C. , is especially known for creating comfortable homes featuring warm and romantic living environments. That talent is evident throughout this elegant Chesapeake Bay area like-new brick home of about 4700 sq. ft. for sale. Inspired by French Provincial Revival traditions yet designed for today’s conveniences, the house is positioned to fit perfectly into the site. One of about 20 homes in a tiny neighborhood of upscale waterfront homes near Franktown, VA and shielded from the little winding roadway by a stand of mature trees, as you drive up the house seems to be peeking out, wanting to see what’s going on.
The approach to the entrance from the circular drive is across a patterned brick walkway to an entrance portico and an impressive solid mahogany circle top front door. Once inside the spacious foyer, which features an elaborate barrel style vaulted ceiling and entry columns, one’s eye is immediately drawn to the gorgeous water views from the great room beyond.
Great pains have been taken to connect the interior spaces to the natural beauty of the outdoors. A bold picture window, flanked by tall doors on either side, is the dramatic focal point of the great room, presenting as it does the mesmerizing vistas of the broad blue inlet beyond. Given the very desirable southwest exposure of this home, sunsets seen through that wide expanse of glass are absolutely spectacular. ( A very important feature for those who, like moi, are not always in, shall we say, top form at sunrise but who really love a great sunset.) Another focal point in the great room is the sunstantial fireplace with marble hearth and surround, elaborate mantel with dentil molding and frieze plus raised panel overmantel. Outside, a covered tiled veranda, the epitomy of relaxation, runs the most of the length of the entire house and is the perfect place to enjoy a light lunch or savor a refreshing glass of Chardonnay on a breezy summer’s day.
Divided from the great room and morning room by partial walls with archways and fluted pilasters, the chef’s kitchen is central to everything, the soul of the house. Custom cherry cabinets, honed counters, also sculpted around the sink, custom tile, decorative tile backsplash behind gas cooktop, double ovens, extra deep storage drawers, oversized Lazy Susan corner cabinet and large pantry with frosted glass doors are just a few of the features which make this a superlative place to whip up everything from a simple coddled egg to an elaborate 6 course meal. The adjacent, quite spacious dining room features a lovely chandelier with embossed silk shades and elaborate ceiling medallion, a beautiful room in which to enjoy entertaining friends and family.
The first thing you notice when entering the master suite is the stunning waterview through the glass side panels and French doors which also combine to allow lots of natural light to flow into the room, giving it a bright and airy feel. And the private tiled covered veranda off the master bedroom offers a secluded nook for relaxing outdoors away from any activities in other areas of the house. But the piece’ de resistance is the master bath suite. Featuring two separate colorful bombe style dressers as sink vanities, a roomy claw foot tub, large glass shower and a super-sized walk-in closet with large dresser organizer and beaucoup space for shoes and clothes plus plenty of linen storage space, this bathroom is dressed to the nines !
Cherry steps lead upstairs to an office, another bedroom, a bathroom, and a media room. A cozy little reading alcove for guests in the overlook to the great room below offers bookshelves and relaxing space for visitors away from activity elsewhere in the house. (Speaking of the overlook, did I mention that the great room has a soaring 19 foot ceiling ? And a handsome fireplace with elaborate mantel and marble hearth and surround ? Or that the floors on the first floor are cherry ? Or that the morning room is amazing, with windows on 3 sides ? Plus lots, lots more ? ). Actually, this whole house is amazing. And it sits on a spectacular waterfront parcel which includes a backyard dock and boat lift complete with good boating water and easy access to the Chesapeake Bay. To see it on-line click on www.blueheronva.com/boating_properties/ or call 757-678-5200 for a showing. ( Posted by Marlene Cree, licensed Virginia agent with Blue Heron Realty Co., 7134 Wilsonia Neck Dr., Machipongo, VA )