The boating lifestyle drew Bobby and Bonnie Weis to Deltaville, Virginia, the self-proclaimed “Boating Capital of the Chesapeake.”
The couple built their the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home on Jackson Creek in 2006 and became very active in the community. Now they are moving to Cape Coral, Florida, and their 0.36-acre property — which includes 123 feet of bulkheaded waterfront, an attached two-car garage, a shed and a 50-foot dock — is on the market for $895,000.
“My grandfather bought this property in 1948, and I’ve been coming here all my life,” says Bobby Weis, 65, a Virginia Air National Guard retiree.
They replaced the old cottage with their dream home, “putting in every convenience, right down to hot water in the hoses and outside shower so we could wash the dogs comfortably,” says Bonnie, 61, who last year retired from the Washington D.C. Air National Guard.
The two-story house has a conventional appearance — blue vinyl siding, white trim and a shingle roof. Inside, the great room’s 17-foot cathedral cypress ceilings, gables and exposed beams support window walls facing Jackson Creek, a local hurricane hole and snowbird anchorage. A glass double-sided gas fireplace divides the great room from the waterfront “Florida” room, which the Weises consider their main dining room. Outside the glass doors, a 20-foot automatic Sunsetter awning covers the waterfront deck.
At the rear of the great room, a granite-topped dining bar/island separates the kitchen. Custom maple cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, including a six-burner gas cooktop, line the rear wall. “I love my kitchen because it’s roomy, and I love cooking with others,” says Bonnie.
The adjacent custom maple mini-office (her “must-have”) balances the wet bar with icemaker (his “must-have”) on the opposite wall. A pantry, den, laundry and half-bath are steps away, off the hall to the garage.
The two master suites occupy separate wings on each side of the house. Both have a cathedral ceiling, walk-in closet, an en-suite bath with marble counters, makeup table and a tiled shower. “Wonderful natural light floods in from the high window that needs no covering,” she says. Each suite’s private waterfront deck connects to the main deck.
Upstairs, the carpeted loft bedroom area, with a full bath, overlooks the great room and the creek.
The lawn slopes gently to the dock, which has three slips, a 10,000-pound lift and two PWC lifts. Water depth is 5 feet at mean low water. “We fish off the dock, catch blue crabs and spend many a good evening with friends watching the sunset or feasting on crabs,” says Bobby. “For fun we take our 22-foot Hurricane to nearby restaurants, sandbars for swimming, fishing holes, other creeks and rivers. We’re near the mouth of the Piankatank River, so Chesapeake Bay itself is only five minutes away.”
The house has a basement crawl space, a heat pump, a generator (entire house), a water treatment system, and a private well and septic system. Annual taxes are about $2,300.
Neena Rodgers, (804) 436-2326, neenasrealestate.com, of Isabel Horsley Real Estate, in Deltaville lists the property.
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue.