For $3 million, or maybe less if you bargain, you can become the owner of a waterfront country estate here called Pokety.

By Eastern Shore standards, it's relatively small -- only 480 acres. But they are lush and developed tastefully with grass, gardens, poplar, sycamore and hackberry trees.

And the Dorcester County taxes, based on farm use, are only $8,308 annually.

Pokety, in the event that you've been immersed in good books or a hot tub for the past few months, is the former home of Edgar and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch. They died last December. Their property is being sold by Southeby, Parke, Bernet, a johnny-come-recently in the big-bucks real estate market but a name with instant art and auction recognition from Amsterdam to Zurich, with London, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Tehran and Washington included among more than a dozen other big-city bases.

So far, nobody's come up with the $3 million. But Charles Seilheimer, Sotheby's luxury property marketing man, continues to show Pokety proudly and confidently.

"The right buyer will come along," he said during a press tour last weekend. "It probably will become the primary home for people with several houses elsewhere."

The Garbisches, who converted the 20-room Georgian residence from a hunting lodge, made Pokety their summer home for most of their nearly 50 years of marriage. They also had an apartment in the Carlyle Hotel in New York and another in Palm Beach.

But Pokety is special because of the excellence of its planning, the detailed construction and amenities. The later include an outdoor pool and an indoor bowling alley.