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Waterfront home: Maryland house is a gateway to the bay

Their location on protected Cockey Creek in Pasadena, Maryland, inspired Matt and Jenny Knoepfle to rebuild their 1940 house, melding historic charm and contemporary style. Eight years later, they want to move closer to family.

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Their 0.35-acre property has a four-bedroom, 3½-bath home, a 2½-car garage, 90 feet of timber-bulkheaded waterfront and a private pier complex with 5-foot depths at mean low water. It’s on the market for $899,000.

Knoepfle’s family-owned Baltimore-based construction company replaced the second floor, rebuilt the main and lower levels to take advantage of the water views, and added outdoor living spaces. The street-side foyer opens into the great room, with its 9-foot ceilings, teak flooring, 12-inch-wide crown molding and wall of waterfront windows. The living area features custom shelving flanking a gas-log fireplace. The adjoining dining area is near the wet bar and is separated from the kitchen by an extra-large, granite-topped island. Custom white cabinetry, a glass tile backsplash and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, including an induction cooktop, line the work area.

“We spend all our time here,” says Matt Knoepfle, who is 41. “I sit at the island and talk while she cooks, or she sits and talks while I wash dishes.”

“The kitchen’s my favorite place,” says his 45-year-old wife, a full-time homemaker. “When I’m cooking I can see the kids playing anywhere in the great room.

“The view to outside is fascinating — always changing,” she adds.

Sliding glass doors open to the deck, a favorite place to grill or watch boats on the creek. The glass railing provides unobstructed views, and an electric awning offers shade.

Custom wrought-iron railings line the stairs to the upper level. A small office and a powder room are tucked beneath them.

Upstairs, the dormer peaks create 15-foot ceilings in the hall and dramatic angles in the three bedrooms and two baths. The master bedroom’s waterfront wall of glass includes sliders to a private balcony. An oversize shower, granite-topped double vanity and air-jet tub in the master bath create a spa-like feel.

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The carpeted walkout lower level includes a bedroom, full bath and family room that opens to a covered brick waterfront with a ceiling fan and recessed lighting. Off the family room, walls and a ceiling of glass surround the waterfront sunroom.

Stairs lead down the terraced, sloping lawn to the pier complex. They keep their 36-foot Sea Ray sedan bridge on one lift, leaving the other three for their inflatable, personal watercraft and a sailboat.

“We’re three-season boaters,” says Matt Knoepfle, who adds that the Magothy River is a 10-minute cruise downstream. Chesapeake Bay is another 15 minutes. “We often cruise to a restaurant or out for the day to an island for swimming. And we’ve cruised to the Eastern Shore, Baltimore and down to Annapolis.”

The house has a heat pump/central air conditioning, an entertainment/security system, Anderson Low-E windows, a 20-kW generator, landscape irrigation, a private well and a new septic system. Annual taxes are about $4,900.

By car, Baltimore is 20 miles north, Annapolis is 15 miles south, and Washington, D.C., is 40 miles southwest.

Charlie Buckley’s Mr. Waterfront Team, (410) 266-6880, of Long & Foster Real Estate, Annapolis, Maryland, lists the property.

This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue.