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Sights and sailing at your doorstep

The great sailing on northern Chesapeake Bay, the Wye River and associated waterways brought Harry and Rebecca Barrick to Queenstown, Md., when he retired in 1985.

This home in Queenstown, Md., is on the Wye River and offers easy sailing to Chesapeake Bay. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide lots of light and water views.

“It’s a beautiful area, lots of shoreline, lots of good anchorages and plenty of water — 26 feet in the Wye River,” says Rebecca Barrick, now an 84-year-old widow living in a nearby retirement home. “The lot we bought has a gorgeous view of the river and Wye Island.”

An architect refined the Barricks’ ideas for a three-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath, one-story home on the elevated lot.

The 0.84-acre property with 150 feet of rip-rapped waterfront, a pier with 8-foot depths at mean low water, electricity, water and a boat lift and their 2,357-square-foot shingled frame home with attached two-car garage is on the market for $875,000.

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The paved driveway winds past mature trees and perennial plantings on the wooded lot, which is about 13 feet above the water, out of flood range. The front door opens into the center of the house, a great room featuring a cathedral ceiling and hardwood floors. A stacked stone chimney, raised hearth and fireplace anchor the living room section, and furnishings create a dining room at the other end.

Beyond the dining room, bookcases flank the brick chimney in the south-facing family room. The Vermont Castings wood-burning stove makes the room especially appealing in winter. Waterfront windows that extend to the cathedral ceiling let in ample sun and water views.

A peninsula counter at the far end forms one “wall” of the kitchen, which has a brick veneer floor, like the family room. Custom wood cabinets and pale Corian counters create a light, airy space.

A mud room, half-bath and the two-car garage are easily accessible through the kitchen.

On the “quiet end” of the house — an ell beyond the living room — the master bedroom has a private bath with twin vanities, a walk-in closet and sweeping river and sunrise views through two walls of sliders. The two guest bedrooms on the garden side share a tiled full bath. A small den opens off the hall.

Each end of the house has access to the crawl space and pull-down stairs to attic storage. Ceiling fans in all rooms, central air conditioning, two electric-powered heat pumps and the wood stove keep energy costs modest, Barrick says.

The level lawn gently slopes to the rip-rapped waterfront. St. Michaels is a 25-minute cruise. Major shopping is along U.S. 50, less than 10 miles north. Easton, a town of 15,000 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is about 24 miles away by road. Chester and Annapolis, to the west, are about 10 and 26 miles away, respectively.

Homeowner association annual dues of $120 include the use of common areas, boat ramp and pier. Annual taxes are about $8,000.

Janice Duty, (410) 490-4903, of Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty, Chester, Md., (410) 643-5005,, lists the property.

January 2013 issue