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A great escape in Georgia

Gordon and Susan Repress' two-story home has porches on all sides to afford expansive views of Millers Branch, which winds through Georgia's coastal marshes to the St. Marys River and Cumberland Sound.Photos by Bob Drake

When Gordon and Susan Repress designed their house in St. Marys, Ga., they capitalized on their peninsular lot’s privacy, natural vegetation and expansive water and salt marsh views.

On a bend of Millers Branch (a creek) in the gated community of Osprey Cove, their floating dock has 8 feet of water at mean low water, plus a turning basin large enough for maneuvering their 21-foot electric launch.

Built in 1996, the 3,500-square-foot home nestles in native trees as near to the creek as permitted. For 16 years, the Represses have enjoyed exploring the surrounding waterways and marshes by kayak and observing the plants and wildlife in their “almost nature preserve.”

Now Gordon, 67, and Susan, 66, plan to move to a smaller home in the Georgia mountains. Their 1.47-acre property — with 204 feet of bulkheaded waterfront; a dock; a four-bedroom, three full- and two half-bath home; an attached two-car garage; and an enclosed solar-heated swimming pool — is on the market for $735,000.

The concrete drive winds through the ferns and woodlands to the two-story, custom-designed, classic-style home. Once through the front door, you’re surrounded by panoramic views of woods, water and marshes.

Despite its contemporary windows and 10-foot ceilings, the great room exudes old-fashioned charm with hardwood floors, crown moldings, a formal dining area and a large brick hearth with a wood-burning fireplace. The adjoining coffered-ceiling office shares the great room’s woodsy/water views.

View of Millers Branch.A rear island divides the kitchen from the rest of the great room without obscuring the views. Appliances and Shaker-style maple cabinets, some with glass fronts, line the kitchen’s interior walls. Matching maple panels cover the Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer. Easily accessible from the kitchen are the adjacent window-lined breakfast nook, porch, swimming pool and garage.

A carpeted master bedroom with private bath and a half-bath off the foyer complete the downstairs.

Upstairs, in the treetops, the master suite occupies the southeast corner, opening to an east-facing screened porch and a south-facing open porch, both with spectacular views. A dressing area with custom cabinetry and twin closets leads to a tiled compartmented bath with dual vanities, a jetted tub and a separate shower.

The two other second-floor bedrooms have similar “tree-house” views of soothing green vegetation and share a bath. Also upstairs are the laundry room and stairs to the finished attic.

Ginny Jacobs, cell phone (912) 552-4766, of ERA Kings Bay Realty, (912) 729-2266, www.erakingsbay.com, lists the property, which has a heat pump for climate control, city water and sewer. Annual taxes are computed on the selling price. Annual Osprey Cove association dues begin at around $1,000.

This article originally appeared in the August 2012 issue.

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