The Netherfield Manor in St. Mary’s County features a wraparound masonry porchand loggia with 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space. (Dawn Riley, Re/Max Leading Edge)

For centuries, the spit of land at the tip of a peninsula in St. Mary’s County has remained secluded and barely accessible by land, yet it rests just 80 miles from the nation’s capital.

The 100-acre estate known as Netherfield Manor, after Mr. Bingley’s estate in Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice,” has one-third of a mile in water frontage on Deep Creek, an inlet of the Chesapeake Bay, which can be reached by horse or canoe within 15 minutes.

The estate sits on the last parcel of a 15,000-acre tobacco plantation founded in 1638. The grounds include a private beach, riding trails, a large barn, an oversize garage, a dock and multiple sheds and outbuildings with handcrafted cupolas and copper weather vanes.

On the market for $1.49 million, Netherfield Manor’s distinctive main residence, built in 2010, features a wraparound masonry porch and loggia with 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space, a 360-degree view of the estate and a colonnade of 20 columns, each three feet in diameter and 24-feet high.

The loggia leads to the double front doors, guarded by bronze lions, that open into the main level, which has a great room with a living area, dining area and kitchen with tumbled marble flooring under a 12-foot high cathedral ceiling. A wood-burning fireplace in the great room has a floor-to-ceiling marble surround and walls of windows frame views of the fields and water.

The manor house has four levels with four bedrooms, five baths and an oak-paneled elevator. The lowest level has an unfinished English basement with French doors and a loggia with five arches framing waterfront views. Nearby is a 750-square foot safe room almost entirely enclosed in concrete walls.

The upper level master suite includes water views and a unique bathroom with a massive handmade wood mantel created from the beam of an antique tobacco press found on the plantation. The beam was made from an oak tree harvested on the estate 300 years ago.

The upper level includes additional bedrooms and a wraparound observation deck supported by the colonnade that has 1,700 more square feet of outdoor living space.

For more information, contact Dawn Riley, with Re/Max Leading Edge, at (410) 414-2438 or visit

New mortgage data tool

For people who love tracking numbers, particularly about the housing market, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a new online data source.

The tool provides consumer access to public mortgage information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. For now, the tool provides national, county and metropolitan statistical area data on mortgage loan originations (loans that actually closed, not just applications) for 2010, 2011 and 2012. Eventually more tools will be added for data enthusiasts.

The data available for the Washington area supports what everyone already knows: refinancing soared in 2012 with 145,586 refinance originations compared to 87,742 refinance originations in 2011. Purchase loan originations picked up in 2012, too, with 49,314 purchase originations compared to 44,969 in 2011.

The online tool is available at .

Washington: Most transient city

United Van Lines’ 2013 Peak-Season Moving Trends showed that Washington ranked highest for the number of people moving into the city — and from the city.

According to United Van Lines’ study of residential moves during the peak season of May 1 to Aug. 31, when traditionally 35 percent of all domestic household moves take place, 3,799 moves were scheduled in Washington. Not only did the District have more moves in both directions than other cities, it had 26.5 percent more moves than the second-ranked city for out-bound moves, Chicago. In D.C., 47.6 percent of those moves were into the city, while 52.4 percent were households leaving the city limits.

The cities and regions experiencing the most inbound moves this summer were San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore., as well as Charlotte, Raleigh, N.C., Tampa and Atlanta. The cities losing the most people this summer were Chicago, New York and St. Louis.

Historic Glen Echo home renovated

A Greek Revival-style home at 44 Wellesley Cir. in Glen Echo, built in 1850, has been given new life with a renovation that brings the house into the modern age yet preserves its historical ambiance.

Known as the Reading House for its first owner, William Reading, this home originally sat on a 500-acre parcel of land overlooking the Potomac River, the C&O Canal and Cabin John Creek. Reading commissioned Charles Lilly Coltrum, who supervised the construction of the Treasury building, to construct the house. In 1906, the home was expanded and converted to a 20-room summer hotel named Oakdale Villa. It was converted back to a residence in 1946 and expanded again in 1991.

Today the Reading House, on the market for $1.495 million, has a new high-end kitchen, period light fixtures and a two-story porch. The home has four bedrooms, two full baths, two half baths, two fireplaces and 3,285 square feet of space. The home backs to parkland and rests on 0.20 acres. The home is listed by Erich Cabe with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For more information, call (202) 320-6489.

— Michele Lerner

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