Situated on the Magothy River in a lush, idyllic setting surrounded by the beauty of nature, stands a delightful waterfront retreat—the true embodiment of the ultimate dream home. The exterior design is breathtaking—foreshadowing the beauty that awaits behind its doors. And when the current homeowners of 432 Arundel Beach Road in Severna Park first stepped inside this home, they immediately knew that it was the place they wanted to live.
“We found our home in the middle of the winter, and the gentle, quiet of the snowy landscape was magical,” says the homeowners. “We immediately saw how spectacular the property was, and we imagined how we could make the home our own. Even though the house needed a complete renovation, we wanted to retain some of the wonderful aspects of its history as a 1920s cottage for Baltimore families to visit for fishing and fun on the water.”
The homeowners’ main goal was to open up the house to the views and the light. The original kitchen was at the back of the house, so they made it a priority to move it to the waterside to take advantage of the views and offer opportunities for entertaining. The master bedroom was already on the main level, and they added a second level for their daughters’ bedrooms, which created the perfect layout for maximizing the views. Waking up in the morning to such breathtaking views was an absolute delight. And they couldn’t bear to put curtains on the windows because they didn’t want to miss anything. They love watching the birds and other species of wildlife in the yard, the moonrise reflecting on the water, and the sunrise each morning.
The Magothy River is continuously bustling with activity, and the homeowners love watching sailboats drifting by, water skiers zipping past, kayakers paddling back and forth, or people fishing, crabbing, or simply enjoying the delights of playing on the water. Indeed, they love the water so much that they added two boat lifts for their vessels, so they could embark on their own adventures at a moment’s notice.
“We love taking our friends and family out for a spin,” says the homeowners. “It’s a short trip out to the Bay, and visitors love getting close to the small islands that dot the Magothy, out to the lighthouse, or over to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. And sailboat trips to the Eastern Shore are a pleasure. We watch fireworks on the Fourth of July from our dock or take a boat out to join the spectators who are enjoying the display from Gibson Island. We can even see the fireworks over Baltimore. And during commissioning week in Annapolis, we watch the Blue Angels as they practice and perform their aerial maneuvers.”
In addition to enjoying the water to the fullest, the homeowners also love entertaining at their home and envision their yard as a veritable playground. The large, grassy area is perfect for games of bocce or badminton, and the deck and patio offer an ideal setting for cookouts. Plus, they enjoy easy access to the water from their dock and boathouse. (They keep their kayaks in the boathouse and can launch them from the ramp directly into the water.) Indeed, the possibilities for relaxation and fun are endless.
The property also offers a sense of tranquility and plenty of space to roam and explore the expansive, lovely grounds. Opportunities for solitude and quiet introspection abound in this peaceful setting.
“We love the mature trees,” says the homeowners. “A former owner was a horticulturalist and planted an amazing variety of trees. It’s an immense pleasure to walk through the gardens and breathe in the beauty. There’s always something new to see and enjoy, and the colors in autumn are simply stupendous.”
In addition to exterior spaces that readily lend themselves to entertaining, the homeowners also wanted a sense of openness in their home’s interior spaces, so they could host large gatherings. When they redesigned the living spaces, they opened the kitchen to the living area, creating a common space. A sliding door allows them to separate the rooms if they wish.
“We can set up big tables for a crowd or sit quietly in our cozy sitting area and watch the world go by,” says the homeowners. “Another great pleasure is watching lightning storms in the distance at night. The show is spectacular!”
To accommodate visitors, the homeowners set up their guest room with a door that leads directly to the library. This design offers longer-term guests, such as their parents, easy access to their own space, a private place in the library, or direct access to the main living area via French doors. This arrangement worked out well as their parents grew older and stayed with them for months at a time. And it was a pleasure for them to be able to offer their hospitality.
A big, private office space was also important to the homeowners, so they transformed the former sunroom into a private haven for working, watching TV, or listening to music.
“Sometimes you just need a place to call your own, and this room has really given us that feeling,” says the homeowners. “We love the old, knotty pine on the walls and the built-in cabinets and shelves. They are original to the house, and we couldn’t bear to tear them out. They make the room feel so serene and hearken back to the era in which the house was built.”
In addition to owning a stunning home with impressive features that they absolutely adore, the homeowners also love their home’s location.
“One of the biggest pleasures is coming home from work and driving down Arundel Beach Road,” says the homeowners. “We’re only two miles from Rt. 2, but it feels like we’re a world away. As soon as we round the bend at the water’s edge, we feel like we’re in paradise. The outside world melts away, and we breathe a sigh of relief. And when we go to Annapolis or Baltimore, we have easy access to the fastest route. We ride our bikes or walk to the stores when we go shopping, and there are great restaurants right up the road. Plus, the short distance to the airport was really important for our many business-related trips.
“We had moved from a typical suburban neighborhood and wondered what it would be like to live in Arundel Beach. It’s a great little community filled with people who love the river, love our little peninsula, and love to interact with each other. We’ve hosted or attended many crab feasts, community meetings, and other gatherings. We often visit our neighbors and enjoy pleasant strolls down the quiet road. There’s always somebody walking a dog, tending a garden, or just taking a stroll.”
The homeowners are selling their home because they are relocating to accept a great job offer on the West Coast, as well as to fulfill their desire to be close to their now-grown children. Life circumstances change; the page turns, and a new chapter begins. But the right buyer will come along and fall in love with the home, making it their own and beginning a new chapter in their life as well.
“It’s time for us to let someone else enjoy our terrific home,” says the homeowners. “We’ve had a wonderful life here filled with sunshine and joy. We hope the new owners love it as much as we do.”
If you’re interested in learning more about this home or scheduling a showing, please contact the listing agent, David Orso, at 443-372-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.