This former monastery has quite an interesting history. Originally built for an industrialist who made weapons for wars, but was also a smuggler. He even made moonshine in the basement. The house still has tunnels leading to the waterfront. The house then became a monastery for the Catholic Church for 30 years. Then the house was abandoned and fell into disrepair. There were holes in the roof, and raccoons living inside. The current owners purchased the home for $2.5 million and restored it. The current owners are the proprietors of Phillips Seafood. The house was built in 1922. It is located on 23 acres in Annapolis, Maryland. Seven bedrooms, thirteen bathrooms, and 35,435 square feet. $24,900,000 New price: $19,995,000
Contact David DeSantis with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty: 301-967-3344
From the Zillow listing:
Set on 23 private acres overlooking a gracious bend of the Severn River, just minutes from downtown Annapolis and less than an hour from the nation’s capital, lies one of the most distinctive estates offered for sale on the East Coast. Of stunning architectural beauty, this unusual home, modeled after the James River Plantations, is the result of a mammoth and complex renovation that brought it back to its classic Georgian style yet with an acknowledgment of the owners’ contemporary tastes and interests. Formerly a Capuchin monastery, this stately brick structure offers modern amenities for comfortable family living yet easily accommodates elegant grand scale entertainment and private events. The attention to detail and emphasis on proportions and craftsmanship are unparalleled. Featuring spectacular 270 degree river views, the extraordinary estate contains a total of seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and eleven fireplaces, formal dining room and formal parlor, commercial size gourmet kitchen, oversized ballroom, conservatory, family room, library, music room, indoor spa, game room, wine cellar, catering kitchen, work shop, a secret vault, nine car garage, roof garden, pool pavilion, 60-foot infinity edge pool, tennis court and direct access by funicular to a 6 slip private dock with boat lift. Additional structures on the property accommodate a three bedroom, two bath-guest/staff house, an Asian tea house and mechanical facilities.
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