St. Helena Island
A hidden escape and oasis of calm with unobstructed views and sounds of waves lapping against the shore, St. Helena Island, located in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area among a population of more than nine million residents, provides the perfect island retreat with modern amenities.
The island is located four miles north of Annapolis along Maryland Route 178, originally begun in 1733 as a road from Philadelphia to Annapolis. Still occasionally found are roadside patches of Scotch Broom, cast aside during the American Revolution by British troops as cushioning for boxes of muskets. ”Generals Highway” was adopted as the road name when General Washington traveled its route to Annapolis to resign his commission as commander of the Continental Army in 1783.
The 16-acre island is nestled between Round Bay, stretching 1.6 miles to the east, and Little Round Bay on the other three sides, providing a moat of protection and privacy, removed from sight and sound of interference from the outside world, at the widest part of the scenic Severn River and just five miles upstream from historic Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, and the United States Naval Academy. Just three traffic lights and less than 30 miles later, one can be in Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital and home to numerous historic landmarks, museums, and a thriving performing arts, music, and food scene.
From July through September, blue crabs are plentiful. Perch, sunfish, and other pan fish nibble at the pilings. Ducks, geese, and song birds live on the island or its waters. The property, blanketed by a fresh, unspoiled, and intensely quiet winter snowstorm is a beautiful sight.
St. Helena Island is divided into two parcels with the southern parcel owned by the same family for more than 50 years and consisting of nine and one-third acres. The Estate parcel on the northern side of the island totals six and two-thirds acres. The undulating, tree-canopied and park-like high ground with mature, deciduous and evergreen trees and lush gardens defines St. Helena Island and steep slopes on the perimeter waterfront are left in natural vegetation with mature trees. Level portions of the parcel, mostly on the west side of the property, are in lawn and fully irrigated, sprinkled with ornamental trees and perennial gardens offering color and fragrance throughout the year.
The house stands 42 feet above the water and faces slightly south of east overlooking Round Bay, a protected portion of tidal Severn River and takes full advantage of unobstructed, incredible views east and west. One-and-a-half miles of protected deep water border the east, where magnificent morning sun and evening moon rises and boating activity, brought with fresh prevailing easterly summer breezes, provide an ever changing panorama. The surroundings provide a kaleidoscope of peace, relaxation and serenity. Westerly winter winds are deflected by the woodland patch of trees to the northwest and southwest.
The property contains more than 1600 feet of deep waterfront, protected by either stone revetment, sill, concrete, or composite bulkhead. Approximately 175 feet of waterfront on the east side is a sandy beach.
Travel easily around the picturesque island on nearly a half mile of lit, dust-free crushed gray stone cart paths, most with brick ribbons, surrounding the property and serving the pier and freight landing.
Less than 10 miles down the Severn River by boat you will enter the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America and the third largest in the world. Home to more than 3,600 species of plants and animals, the Chesapeake Bay watershed is truly an extraordinary place. Stretching across six states and the District of Columbia, the Bay watershed never ceases to amaze with its rich history, vital economic importance, and astounding beauty. Spend the day cruising the bay's 11,684 miles of shoreline (that's more shoreline than the entire West Coast of the United States) and then in less than an hour, you can be hopping a flight to anywhere in the world from one of the nearby international airports or exploring the museums along the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Airports and airfields:
Lee Airport - 9 miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport - 17 miles
Freeway Airport - 17 miles
Bay Bridge Airport - 20 miles
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - 38 miles
Dulles International Airport - 65 miles
Points of interest:
Anne Arundel Medical Center - 5 miles
Major shopping centers that include Nordstrom, Macy's, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Target, fine and
casual dining, day spas, state-of the art movie theaters, Home Depot, local boutiques, and numerous
other retailers - 5 miles
Main Street Annapolis and the United States Naval Academy - 6 miles
Chesapeake Bay - 9 miles
Washington, DC Capital Beltway - 20 miles
Baltimore Inner Harbor - 23 miles
Smithsonian Museums, DC - 33 miles
Liberty Bell, Philadelphia - 120 miles
Times Square, NYC - 210 miles
Pittsburgh, PA - 260 miles
Newport, RI - 385 miles