The Penderyn Estate, a 22,500 square foot waterfront estate in Queenstown, Md., formerly owned by the son of Chef Boyardee, will be sold to the highest bidder on July 19 by DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions. The current owner, Nextel Communications co-founder Morgan O’Brien, originally listed the property at 300 Wye Narrows Drive for sale at $29 million. The home, originally built for Mario Boiardi (Chef Boyardee’s son) is a Georgian-style brick mansion with 11 wood-burning fireplaces, eight bedrooms, nine full baths, three half-baths, Palladian windows, French doors and balconies. A marble foyer leads to a 60-foot long arched hallway that leads to the rest of the home.
Some of the home’s unusual features include a conservatory with vaulted ceilings and a hand-painted trompe l’oeil mural, a 22-seat dining room with a crystal chandelier from Perry of London and a living room with a 17th century limestone fireplace. The property sits on an 18-acre private peninsula on the Wye River and overlooks more than 2,000 feet of shoreline.
The grounds include several gardens, patios, a pool house and a swimming pool and a heated four-car garage. A 157-foot dock with 11 boat slips is available for purchase by the highest bidder for Penderyn on an adjacent lot. Buyers can view the property at an open house on July 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The auction will be held at the estate on July 19 beginning at 11 a.m. For more information or to make an appointment to see the estate, call 800-332-3767 or visit www.DeCaroAuctions.com. Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.