House of the Week | Historic Annapolis waterfront estate for $13.1M

Most historic homes around Annapolis are in town, close to the Maryland State House. It is not often that you find one near the water.

Severn Side Farm is the rare historic home with 883 feet of waterfront access.

“Not many historic homes [are] on the water,” said listing agent Anne Harrington of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “All the historic homes from the 18th century are in town. Most of the historic homes that are in the state of Maryland on the water are down on the Eastern Shore.”

The history of the property dates to the antebellum period, when Charles Ridout, as part of his daughter Mary’s dowry, gave 1,500 acres to Jacob Winchester in 1831. After Jacob and Mary married, they built a home on the land in the 1840s. Jacob’s signature can still be found etched into the glass of a window in the house.

Jacob died during the Civil War, but Mary continued to run the farm until the 1890s. Additions were made to the house in the 1900s, including the River Room, which was once used as a ballroom. Much of the original flooring, windows and walls are still part of the home.

At one time, the railroad ran through the property. Although it has since been redirected, remnants of it can be found on the grounds.

Because of its location as well as its size, the house lends itself to entertaining. Black tie fundraisers and weddings have been held here. It is also ideal for watching the Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squad, perform and the lighted boat parade during the Christmas holidaysChristmas holidays? Yes.

The 30-acre estate includes a 6,500-square-foot home, a carriage house with a four-car garage on the first level and a one-bedroom suite on the top level, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a smoke house.

Nearly every room in the main house offers a view of the water. You also can glimpse the U.S. Naval Academy and the State House across the river.

Although the property provides seclusion and privacy, it is conveniently located between the Severn River bridge and the Naval Academy bridge. Annapolis is just a five-minute drive or a 10-minute boat ride away.

The six-bedroom, six-bathroom house is on a nine-acre lot and can be bought separate from the three adjacent lots for $5.3 million. The entire 30-acre estate is listed at $13.1 million.

Listing: 4 S. Winchester Rd., Annapolis

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Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.
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