Town Square | Kent Island estate goes up for auction

August 11

(Courtesy of DeCaro Auctions) Conquest Manor goes up for auction Saturday.

Kent Island estate will go to highest bidder

Conquest Manor, a 14,000-square-foot estate on a 29-acre gated property with 1,000 feet of shoreline overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, will be auctioned Saturday by DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions.

Previously listed for sale at $6.9 million, Conquest Manor will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder. The Stevensville, Md., estate includes an eight-bedroom, 11-bath main house, a 6,200-square-foot guest house with a car showroom, and a 1,000-square-foot pool house.

On the grounds are a pond and fountain, a swimming pool and hot tub, two fire pits, a patio, a sandy shoreline with a private beach and a 150-foot pier with boat and Jet Ski lifts.

The home has porcelain flooring in the foyer, Brazilian walnut floors, an elevator, a kitchen with a cherry wood island and multiple entertaining areas, including a two-level home theatre with balcony seating, a 1,500-square-foot club with a full bar, flat screen TVs, a dance floor and a performance stage with professional lighting.

The home also has an observatory with wrap-around windows facing the bay, a home office with mahogany shelving, a fully-equipped gym and a game room with a pool table.

Conquest Manor is open for prospective buyers to view Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The absolute auction will be held onsite at 7402 Kent Point Rd., Stevensville, Md., Saturday at 11 a.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to tour the home, call 800-332-3767 or visit www.DeCaroAuctions.com.

Condos coming to Navy Yard

The Navy Yard Chiller Plant site, on the corner of Half and L Streets in Southeast Washington, is just one block from the Navy Yard Metro station and is in the midst of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) recently awarded the development rights for the site to MRP Residential, a division of MRP Realty, and CAS Riegler Companies.

Plans call for the transit-oriented, mixed-use development to include approximately 130,000 gross square feet of residential space with approximately 6,000 gross square feet of double-height retail space.

Hickok Cole Architects designed the building, which will include a mix of condo units from small studios to larger two-bedroom units. Construction won’t begin until mid-2016, so pricing has yet to be determined.

For more information, go to www.mrprealty.com.


(Courtesy of Torn Screen)

Own the entire city for $4.99

Ever thought about being a real estate mogul who can buy and sell an entire city’s worth of apartments, businesses and houses?

Try your hand at “Capital City: Escape from Supercorp,” a new game available for Apple and Android products that teaches you about personal finance while you play. Torn Screen Entertainment, the makers of “CASHFLOW: The Investing Game,” designed Capital City around the concept of having every single building in a city available for sale.

Players choose an over-the-top vehicle and then invite up to five friends to play the game, which requires strategic thinking and money management skills to avoid bankruptcy.

Download Capital City: Escape from Supercorp on iTunes or the Google app store.

Get the facts before you buy a home

Homebuyers often wonder about what the people are like in a neighborhood where they want to live, whether there’s a lot of crime, or the schools are good or even if it’s an area that gets hit by a lot of tornados or earthquakes.

The new Homefacts mobile app can put that information and more at buyers’ fingertips. Homefacts, a subsidiary of RealtyTrac, a housing data provider, offers detailed property and neighborhood information for renters, buyers and homeowners about more than 100 million homes throughout the United States. Users will be able to find out whether there are sex offenders in the area or if there are environmental hazards such as underground storage tanks or pollution.

They can also learn about:

• Property characteristics such as the number of beds, baths, etc.

• Neighborhood demographics, including population, education level and median income. (In general, this information is not available from real estate agents because of Fair Housing laws.)

• Neighborhood housing snapshot, including median property values, and vacant housing units.

• In-depth school data detailing school locations, ratings, enrollment and phone numbers.

• Complete registered sex offender details, including street address, distance from current location, physical characteristics and specific offense.

• Crime risk, current crime ratings and crime index by offense.

• Level of risk for earthquakes and tornadoes as well as historical documentation of earthquake and tornado incidents.

• Former drug lab locations and seizure dates.

The app allows users to search for information based on their location, an address, a city or a Zip code. To download the free app, go to www.homefacts.com/mobileapp.html.

Michele Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.

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