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Our featured property this week is a sprawling five bedroom, 6 ½ bathroom Federalist-style house on a private cove in Severna Park that offers sweeping, unobstructed views of the Severn River.

The 10,000-square foot house is in a gated community called Bluff Point on the Severn. Bluff Point has its own marina, which many residents use to boat to Annapolis for dining and shopping.

A former developer of outlet malls, Bill Carpenter, the seller, said he built the house in 1996 with numerous amenities: a lap pool in an indoor patio; a music room; and numerous terraces and balconies.

Carpenter said his wife Jeanne designed the home, patterning it on houses in historic Williamsburg. He said many of the details of the home are in line with that style of architecture, from the two-story foyer with a Waterford crystal chandelier, to a gathering room with a restored 250-year-old mantelpiece, to oak floors and a curved staircase.

Still, Carpenter said, one of the best features is outside the window. “We’ve got snapping turtles, osprey, ducks and deer” on the property, said Carpenter, adding that his two children are grown and he and his wife want to downsize. “There’s a natural spring that’s been running for 90 years.”

The house, selling for $6.5 million, is listed with the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster.

Listing: 659 Rock Cove Lane, Severna Park

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