By boat, automobile or bicycle, the road to Severna Park, Maryland, is one that leads to fine family living in an idyllic area. Whether your mode of transportation takes you on a leisurely trip down the Severn or Magothy rivers, to nearby Annapolis, Baltimore or Washington, D.C. on a daily commute, or to the 13-mile Baltimore and Annapolis Trail for a walk or ride, Severna Park is the ideal starting — and stopping — place. This highly sought-after suburb is a mecca for water-oriented activities and recreation, including boating, fishing and crabbing, and a haven for families seeking top-quality schools. And it gets even more appealing with an extraordinary property like the Parker Estate, now on the market for the first time in nearly 50 years. “Commanding one of the most expansive views of the Severn River, the Parker Estate showcases the beauty of life on the Chesapeake at every time of the year. This 8-acre property features 200 feet of waterfront with a deep-water pier,” says listing agent Anne Parker Papaioannu of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Also adding to the property’s value its potential to be subdivided into two 4-acre waterfront parcels.”
Built in the early 20th century, the Parker Estate’s home sits atop a sloping, terraced bluff that maximizes the unobstructed views of Little Round Bay and the southern shores of the Severn River, and provides ample space to enjoy all that coastal living this coveted spot has to offer. A screened waterside porch, a large, view-oriented swimming pool and hot tub, a gazebo and an additional garage/workshop make the estate perfect for everyday living and exceptional entertaining. The property can accommodate parking for more than 50 vehicles. “There are five bedrooms and five full bathrooms, and the first floor of the home features a lovely formal dining room, an open 900-square-foot living room with a charming reading nook next to the stairs, a sunporch that boasts a view of both the pool and the river, and a large kitchen,” says Papaioannu. Enter the estate from the picturesque private road, and you immediately feel the sense of serenity that flows through the entire property. The siting of the home, which faces the river, increases the tranquility even further. Magnificent views abound from every room, transformed by each season of the year. In spring, the grounds burst to life with tulip magnolias, azaleas, dogwoods and daffodils. Summertime is the season to enjoy life on the water, be it the river or the pool, as well as entertaining on the lawn while gazing at the crepe myrtles in full bloom.
Come autumn, the property’s many hardwood trees frame the view in breathtaking color, which complements the stunning sunrises and sunsets at this time of year. Wintertime brings the occasional snowfall, which turns the estate into a wonderland of pristine beauty and family fun, with excellent sledding and snowman-building potential. “I could see a family buying this property for an ideal place to raise their children or for holiday gatherings for the extended family,” says Papaioannu. “It could also be the perfect home for professionals who enjoy boating and entertaining, or for someone who lives in the city and wants a lovely weekend or summer home. The Parker Estate can be the realization of a long-held goal for anyone looking to live among waterfront splendor in a gracious home that has withstood the test of time. For more than a century, it has majestically graced the slopes of the Severn River, and now it’s time for a new generation to fall in love and realize their dream on the water here.”
678 Hendler Road
Severna Park, MD
Represented by: Anna Parker Papaioannu
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
This article originally appeared in Homes & Estates magazine.