The Features of Bridgewater
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5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Bathrooms | Deep Water Pier
The home, originally commissioned for a decorated Navy rear admiral, was always meant for entertaining on a large scale. The gracious proportions of its public rooms; its elliptical Great Lawn perched like a ship’s prow over the water; a spacious screened porch and its large outdoor dining area offer an easy flow for dozens or even hundreds of guests. Its close proximity to DC and Baltimore — without the headache of bridge traffic, make this home that much more appealing.
Modern architects working in the traditional vernacular often design new revival-style homes to look old, as if they had been added onto over time. Bridgewater is the real deal: A small wing to the side houses what is now the heart of the home — a spacious family room and kitchen — while another addition on the other side is indistinguishable from the original central structure, though it adds crucial modern amenities such as an expanded master suite and dressing room on the top floor, a home office below, and a lower-level guest suite.
The Formal Living Room
With the help of noted DC designer Skip Sroka, the home’s formal living room has been reborn into the inviting salon it was always meant to be. A wall of French doors opens into the spacious screened porch, with the gardens and water visible all the way through. When the doors are thrown open during the summer, there’s an easy indoor-outdoor flow. Thick, textured draperies insulate the room on cold nights, where the room’s warm palette amplifies the fire’s glow.
Like his transformation of the living room, designer Skip Sroka also did justice to the beautifully paneled library, turning it into a cocoon-like study crowned with brass pendants that would do an Ivy-League reading room proud. There’s plenty of room for a sitting area at the fireplace, and a games table fits comfortably in the expansive bay window. An adjacent storage room holds the printer and other office supplies, while an outer vestibule leads to a powder room. Need a breath of fresh air? A large glass door flanked by wide sidelights leads into the screened porch for a break from work.
The Screened Porch
Black and white striped awnings stretch out from this handsome porch, complementing its white paneled walls and glossy black brick floor. The awnings are as functional as they are beautiful, protecting the porch from the afternoon sun along with gauzy outdoor curtains that frame the screens. There’s room for at least two separate seating areas in this expansive aerie, or a large conference table for boardroom retreats, or multiple round-tops for catered parties. On pleasant nights, it can serve as a luxurious sleeping porch.
The Dining Room
The current owners commissioned a sepia-toned mural to cover the walls of the spectacular dining room, which lies at the intersection of the family room, kitchen, and the foyer hallway that leads to the porch. In it, Annapolis artist Sam Robinson depicts the Severn River meandering by the historic buildings of downtown Annapolis—the painted river flows seamlessly into the bay window where the real waterfront becomes part of the picture. On the other side of the window, the landscape continues, depicting Bridgewater high on its perch over Weems Creek. New wainscoting forms a base for the mural, though the handsomely proportioned crown molding and the built-in corner cabinets are original to the home.
The Family Room & Kitchen
Truly the family hub of this house, the family room is enveloped in white-paneled walls and shiplap ceilings — a clean design that lets the garden and water views steal the show. The current owners expanded the room outward toward the front driveway to place the main kitchen in this space so the family chef can also enjoy the scenery and be part of the action. A wood-burning fireplace makes this room an attraction even during the cooler months. The kitchen includes a large island for informal dining and prep, two sinks, a formal pantry and a powder room.
The Butler’s Kitchen
The home’s former kitchen is now a large butler’s serving and storage area that contains a double oven, a second Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and two additional dishwasher drawers. The long counter space is perfect of laying out buffets and makes an easy flow for guests, because the space lies at the intersection of the foyer/living room and the dining room, so the adjacent family room and main kitchen can stay private.
The Master Suite
Located at the top of the home’s wide, gracious stairway is the master suite, which was expanded in the past decade to include a large bathroom and closet wing with its own washer/dryer. The current owners renovated the suite to include built-in shelving and storage cabinets that flank an elegant fireplace with a limestone hearth and surround. Broad sliding-glass doors open to a private deck, which enjoys the best views of sailboats floating by on the waters below. Even with its western exposure, black and white awnings ensure a comfortable, shady space to enjoy the sunset.
The Upstairs Bedrooms
Three additional bedrooms run the course of the second floor, including what the current owners affectionately call “The Captain’s Quarters,” a corner room with water views that enjoys updated built-in shelving and storage. On the other side of the upper hallway is a guest room that looks out to the front yard’s formal gardens, with two steps down into a large walk-in closet. Continue through the closet and you come out to the landing at the top of the home’s back stair that comes up from the new kitchen — a vestibule that leads into a lovely attic-like getaway with a pitched ceiling and ensuite bathroom. Dormer windows on two sides provide seats for quiet contemplation. The room’s intimate dimensions can be deceiving, however, because there is ample storage under the window seats and in their adjacent spaces under the eaves.
The Lower Level Guest Suite and Entertainment Area
The lower level offers a cozy TV area and mini bar that can host movie night or double as extra sleeping space. An adjacent ensuite guest room has walk-out access to the rose garden that leads down to the waterfront. The main laundry area is down here as well, accessible from the guest suite and the TV room. Both spaces enjoy updated built-in shelving and storage.
The Wine Cellar
It looks like any other closet door, but what lies beyond is no closet. Behind that generic-looking door is a carved-wood portal to the home’s 800-bottle wine cellar—a cool, dark grotto for serious oenophiles, or simply good storage for all the wine needed to entertain the guests that will surely be flocking here.