T h e C o T Ta g e a T S T. h e l e n a I S l a n d The Hartman family trust, owner of the approximately 6.63 acre parcel known as “The Cottage at St. Helena Island” has retained John Galt Properties, LLC to offer the parcel for purchase. The parcel includes the main house, separate guest cottage, separate ofﬁce tower and substantial site improvements. Galt has prepared detailed information about the Cottage in the form of a brochure and Web site. Galt, the Hartman trust and their representatives offer such details of the Cottage in good faith, but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of the information nor warrant the condition of the property and its improvements. The property is located in what are designated under Maryland state law as “Critical Areas.” Utilities are provided by on-site deep potable water wells and on-site septic systems, regulated by the Anne Arundel County Health Department, and electric power and telephone service from under-water cables from the mainland. Recorded easements describe rights and obligations of the owner of the Cottage relating to use of the mainland landing parcel and cart paths and other parcels on the island. A prospective buyer is encouraged to employ such home inspectors, attorneys and experts as buyer desires and instruct them to investigate all aspects of the property as the buyer desires validated. A buyer may wish to consider retaining a “Buyer’s Agent,” deﬁned by the Maryland Real Estate Commission as a real estate agent employed under a written agreement to evaluate properties and negotiate in the best interest of the buyer. The two families currently occupying the island scrupulously guard their privacy. Therefore, a prospective buyer will be requested to pre-qualify him or her self as having the ﬁnancial means to acquire a property of this magnitude and will be requested to sign a short conﬁdentiality agreement. At such time as a buyer is prepared to offer, Galt will provide a form of a contract to purchase. The trust beneﬁciaries and the trustee will carefully consider and timely accept, reject or counter a fully prepared contract offer. The Cottage is offered subject to prior sale or withdrawal without notice.
C. Edward Hartman II John Galt Properties, LLC 410-268-1008 Info@St-Helena-Island.com
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Latitude 39-02′30.11″N; 76-33′53.21″W
The ISland VICInITy St. Helena Island comprices 16 acres of undulating, tree canopied high ground, occupied by two families—the Pinkards of Baltimore on the south 9 1/3 acres and the Hartmans on the north 6 2/3 acres. Round bay, stretching 1.6 miles to teh east, and Little Round Bay, surrounding the other three sides of the island at varying distances up to 0.5 miles, provide a moat of total protection and privacy, removed from sight and sound of interference from the outside world. Although in a sense removed, the island is not remote. As the crow ﬂies, distances from the island to the following are: Baltimore-Washington International Airport - 10.8 miles Annapolis and the United States Naval Academy - 6.2 miles Washington, D.C. Capital Beltway - 17.4 miles Anne Arundel Medical Center and major shopping centers - 3.7 miles Chesapeake Bay - 9 miles Island residents are served from a mainland parcel (marker on the photo above), owned by the Pinkard family, upon which the Hartman parcel holds a perpetual easement for four auto parking spaces, two boat slips, one launching ramp and one barge slip. Potable water, lights, and electricity are provided for the mainland area. A resident tenant on the property provides visual protection. Distance from the mainland is 0.6 miles.
e a S e m e n T a n d pa T h d r aw I n g This drawing is intended solely to show the approximate location of stone cart paths (hatched double black lines), electric and telephone easement lines (solid black line), reserved freight landing parcel (designated 0.10A) and the boundary between the Hartman and Pinkard family plots (solid red line). The freight landing parcel and portions of some of the cart paths have been dedicated to joint use and are subject to a joint maintenance obligations, information about which is contained in a detailed and recorded easement agreement available to approved parties.
n the previous page is a recent plat of the Cottage parcel. It consists of 6.63 acres (288,838 sq. ft.) of good undulating high ground overlooking to the east Round Bay on the Severn River. The property contains 0.3044 miles (1607 lineal feet) of deep waterfront, all of which is protected by either stone revetment or sill or concrete or composite bulkhead. Approximately 175 feet of waterfront on the east side is sandy beach. All of the stone revetment and sill plus the composite bulkhead have been installed within the last ten years. Access to the property is from a private pier on east side of the Cottage parcel or from an easement containing a freight landing bulkhead, stoned parcel and a concrete small boat ramp on the south end of the island. The cottage pier is wide, long and partially protected by a permanent new Sunbrella awning. The pier and the entire parcel are accessible by golf cart along stone cart paths. Potable water, shower, electricity and lighting are provided along the entire pier. The pier has recently been fully upgraded with new pilings and decking. Four remotely operated electric boat lifts, ranging from 800 to 20,000 pounds, plus one manual boat lift, are located at the end of the pier. The slips are lighted by motion detector upon approach of a boat at night.
THE C o T TA G E PA RC E L
The freight landing bulkhead is designed to permit docking of a large barge from which large loads and vehicles may be ofďŹ‚oaded and moved up the freight landing road to the Cottage parcel. However, but for such temporary occasional activities, no motor vehicles are permitted on the island. Golf carts and small tractors are the mode of transportation of intra island personnel and material. Cart roads have been fully paved with attractive, crushed grey stone over the past seven years, providing dust free movement of golf carts and tractors. Underwater electric and telephone cables from the mainland provide adequate metered service to all structures on the island, eliminating the need for generator service. All such service on the island is underground. Television is provided to the Cottage and to the separate guest house by satellite service. Two new wells provide potable water, one to the main house and one to the guest house. Sewage service is by two septic tanks and drain ďŹ elds, one set for the guest house and one set for the main house. The older, main house septic system is currently being upgraded to current environmental standards. The Cottage parcel contains three principal structures: main house, guest or caretaker house and ofďŹ ce tower. All are heated and cooled by heat pump. Mature shrubs and extensive gardens, plus all main lawn, are fully irrigated to protect them during dry periods.
Steps Covered Back Porch 46’2 x 8’0
Guest Quarters 10’5 x 14’2
16’9 x 16’4
13’11 x 11’5
Dining Room 23’6 x 21’4
Breakfast Room 13’1 x 16’4
he Cottage spans 191' 7" from end to end, but with rooms of modest proportions, intended to provide comfort and intimacy, framed with light, air and maximum views of the spectacular surroundings. The design is one of blended quality and class, never intending to be ostentatious or grand. The intended effect has been achieved.
F/P 22’1 x 14’1
19’6 x 14’7
21’10 x 14’3 CLO
Master Bedroom 16’7 x 20’11
16’1 x 11’11
21’0 x 11’9
Covered Porch 17’6 x 7’6
GUEST QUARTERS: Beginning at the south end of the house are a bedroom and attached bath, intended originally as a butler’s quarters, but today offered as a guest room or “mother-in-law” apartment. These quarters are attached to the main structure, but accessible only from the outside. Large casement windows on the south side provide light and air. KITCHEN-BREAKFAST RooM: As might be expected in a cottage, the kitchen-breakfast room is the largest in the house and the one most occupied. Naturally ﬁnished yellow pine casement windows and complimentary Alderwood cabinetry with wood ﬂoors, unﬁnished brick walls and a working wood stove provide an air of old times, but with modern functional appliances. A long plank table and padded bench provide an eating and discussion area by the wood stove. Windows on three sides provide good light, air and views. This is a homey room with high ceilings, great in winter and summer. BREEzEWAy: Entrance to the kitchen is from a brick ﬂoored, enclosed breezeway on the north side, outdoor clothing is stored in
a closet, and cleaning supplies in a pine cabinet. Fire wood for the stove is stacked here. This is the home of family pets. Casement windows and a French style glass paneled door on the west side open to the outside to a granite patio for warm weather dining. An Italian faux stone table and benches are used for small gatherings to eat crabs caught at the pier. East side casement window and French style glass paneled door exit to the cart path and steps to the pier. The north side of the breezeway contains the entrance, one step up, to the main house, via the butler’s pantry and powder room. BUTLER’S PANTRy-PoWDER RooM: original glass paneled cabinets and drawers offer plentiful storage for entertainment accoutrements. Counter top and bar sink complete the room’s function. The butler’s pantry and adjacent powder room adjoin the dining room and are close to the family room.
DINING RooM: Framed on the west with a large, rustic ﬁreplace and on the east with casement windows overlooking Round Bay. Paneled walls, a French bronze antique chandelier and wide plank mahogany ﬂoors make a perfect setting for good wine and a dinner of local duck and geese caught on site during the fall season. SITTING RooM: Two steps down from the dining room is the sitting room, a comfortable gathering spot, warmed by a coral and cream marble fireplace on the north wall. Round Bay to the east is viewed from a diamond-shaped lead mullioned bay window. The west wall comprises two double iron casement windows straddling iron French doors that open to the gardens. Inlaid holly butterflies accent the wide pegged mahogany floor. A high coffered ornate ceiling and chandelier complete the setting for tea or cocktails.
SoUTH HALL: In the remaining portions of the house, all room and hall entries are wide and topped by Greek pediments. Most have 5/4 six panel doors with their original brass rim lock sets and heavy cast brass hinges, all refinished. Moving north from the sitting room, and up six steps, is the hall to the rotunda. An antique French chandelier provides light. Floors of this hall, the rotunda and the other three halls leading from the rotunda are antique black and white polished marble. BEDRooM: Just before entering the rotunda on the right (east) is one of two identical guest bedrooms with private renovated marble bathrooms. Three six-foot high double hung windows on two sides provide views of Round Bay. The floors of both rooms are wide plank Douglas fir. The rooms are bright and airy. LIBRARy: To the left (west) of the hall moving north and with its entrance from the rotunda is the library. Two large double hung and one iron casement window provide light and views west across the porch into the azalea gardens. A marble fireplace with Portuguese ceramic tiles adorns the south wall next to an iron bar gate providing entrance into two safes imbedded into a brick wall. Running the full length of the east wall is a custom made cherry entertainment unit with cabinets, drawers, Tv encasement and book shelves. RoTUNDA: The centerpiece of the home is the octagonal rotunda with its four radiating halls, east and west to the outside and north and south to other portions of the house. The ceiling is quite high with a polished brass hanging chandelier that can be lowered electrically for cleaning. Double exterior doors and French interior doors east and west allow great views of the water and gardens. Both interior and exterior doors are topped by leaded mullioned glass fan shaped windows. North and south hallways provide a view the entire length of the house from the master bedroom to the breezeway, but can be closed off with the usual six panel pediment topped doors. The rotunda provides stair access to the second floor. The west hall provides access to the main basement. NoRTH HALL: A matching antique French chandelier lights this hall which provides access on the right (east) to the second guest bedroom and on the left (west) to the master dressing room. The north hall ends down four steps to the master suite hall with pine ﬂoors, master bath on the left (west) and a large bay casement window on the right (east) overlooking Round Bay. DRESSING RooM: Moving north through the north hall on the left (west) is the master dressing room that has two
six -foot double hung windows overlooking the porch and gardens, three closets and two built-in armoires. The dressing room also enters through a door and down four steps into the master bath. MASTER BATH: Three iron casement windows look out over the gardens to the west and across the hall to the east through a large casement bay window looks across Round Bay. His and hers custom mahogany and marble vanities are on the north side of the room. An L shaped mahogany window seat with cushions and laundry drawers are is located on the west side of the room. A shower, with two heads and a steam generator, are on the south side along with a doorway to the small toilet room with a built in mahogany linen closet. Floors of the bath, toilet room and shower are crema marfil marble as are the shower walls. MASTER BEDRooM: At the very north end of the house is the master bedroom with a large antique Belgian carved armoire centered between two casement windows on the east side. There are two double casement windows on the north side, and two casement windows framing a solid black Belgian marble fireplace on the west side. All windows are iron with lead mullioned panes. The room contains one small closet in addition to the armoire. Floors are pegged wide plank mahogany. Windows overlook Round Bay to the east, gardens of azaleas, daphnes peonies and rhododendrons and wide granite stairs leading to a gazebo, part o the group of Italian faux stone replicas around the grounds. GENERAL INFoRMATIoN: The main level of the home is heated and air cooled with three heat pumps, one for the kitchen-family room, one for the dining room, sitting room, butler pantry and powder room, and one for the remaining portion of the house north of the sitting room. Electric wiring and outlets have been upgraded and augmented as needed. Heat pumps and associated air handlers and ducting have all been replaced. Potable water is provided through a new deep well and is thoroughly ﬁltered through a most substantial upgraded system. All windows are recently storm windowed and screened with hand made architecturally designed materials. All double hung windows have been removed, raceways stripped of old paint and sash cords replaced with brass chain. They are all now operational. All bath ﬁxtures, except tubs in the guest rooms have been replaced and exhaust fans ﬁtted. Telephone service has been added to the bedrooms. A builtin sound system has been added throughout most of the house to speakers inside an out.
SECoND FLooR The second ﬂoor over the central portion of the Cottage has been used principally for storage and to some extent for recreational activity. As such it has a basic paneled ﬁnish with a dropped tile ceiling. Although not climate controlled the two rooms are well insulated. The ﬂoor is carpeted. The Activity Room rooms are well lighted. In the 35’7 x 31’7 Storage center of the larger room is a 14’2 x 31’7 raised area over top of the high ceiling of the rotunda. There is considerable shelving around the perimeter of the larger room for storage. Four double hung windows provide light and air and ﬁve eyebrow windows provide additional natural light. Access to the second ﬂoor is through a doorway and up stairs from the rotunda.
C o T TA G E INTERIoR
BASEMENT There are two unﬁnished basement areas, one 16' x 29' under the kitchen and one 46' x 30' under the main two story portion of the house. Both have ample headroom and are adequately lighted. The area under the kitchen houses one air handler, one hot water heater and electric panels plus storage area and shelving. It is not climate controlled, although the air handler and associated ducting moderate the room to a considerable degree in both summer and winter. Access is through exterior stairs. Three small windows provide some natural light. The larger basement area under the rotunda is accessible from inside the house at the west foyer from the rotunda and from exterior stairs under the east porch. The area is divided into five basic rooms. one small room houses the water treatment and irrigation system, a hot water heater and a cabinet sink with hot and cold potable water. The largest room contains the stairs from inside, washer, dryer, mangle, freezer, refrigerator, folding tables and some storage. Brick walls are painted white. one small room contains a number of derelict walk-in safes. A third room is the work and tool room with large table and storage shelves and the fourth room houses air handlers and some power tools. All areas are well lighted and climate controlled. They are dry.
Storage 16’2 x 6’10
Util 16’9 x 14’2
12’10 x 15’10
28’0 x 14’6
16’2 x 8’7
Work Shop 19’9 x 16’2
11’0 x 12’2
9’0 x 16’4
EXTERIoR The Cottage is modeled after Homewood, Charles Carroll’s Federal style home built in 1801 on what is now the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The Cottage stands forty feet above the water and looks eastward, toward the prevailing summer breezes, one and one-half miles across Round Bay. Begun in 1929 and completed over four years, the structure spans 191' 7" from end to end. The view is spectacular. All roofs are steep pitched, standing seam, solid copper with copper ﬂashing, gutters, downspouts and snow guards, installed ﬁve years ago, with a ten year warranty. All exterior walls are 12" thick of solid oversize brick. Eight tall brick chimneys rise at the each end of the four primary roof gables. Four chimneys are decorative and four are working. All are covered with lead caps. Working chimneys have recently added exterior ﬂue closures and screens.
THE C o T TA G E
The two story central portion of the house announces its eastern primary entrance into the rotunda with a mahogany ﬂoored porch and four classic, round tapered wood columns topped with a handsome pediment and copper roof. The west garden entrance to the rotunda is framed with a 46' long, ﬁeld stone ﬂoored, covered porch with six tall ﬂuted round wood columns and copper roof, overlooking a 60' long row of mature azaleas and the trees and lawn beyond. Six foot high double hung windows, framed with traditional wood shutters, provide ample light and proper scale to the main two story portion. Windows in the single story portions of the house are casement, some of wood and others of iron, all with hand made leaded mullions. Unobtrusive, hand made architectural grade storm windows and screens are barely detectable. Doors, wood windows and shutters are oversize and of edge grain pine or cedar with cast ﬁttings. All materials are of the highest quality obtainable (and, in some cases, no longer obtainable).
WATER ToWER oFFICE
on the west side of the property adjoining the cart
At the high northern point of the island is located
path is the guest or caretaker cottage rehabbed from
the cylindrical brick water tower, rising about 100
an old log cabin. The original brick ﬁreplace was saved
feet above sea level. The 18,000 gallon cypress tank
and is the centerpiece of the living room.
is no longer used, but remains in place. At the top
one bedroom and up-to-date kitchen and bath with
several closets and cabinets complete the unit. A disappearing stairway to a good size loft provides consider-
able extra storage. The cottage is heated and cooled by
a heat pump. Treated potable water comes from its own well. Sewage is handled by its own septic tank and drain ﬁeld. All are approximately ten years old. Telephone and satellite Tv are provided. A large screened porch adds seasonal living space. Attached to the rear of the house is an equipment storage room, complete with toilet room and slop sink for day workers. Two garage type doors and one man door provide access to the area.
of the tower is a round (22' diameter) ofﬁce room
25’4 x 12’9
shaped roof. Mahogany trim and built-in cre-
denza, bamboo ﬂoors, unique lighting and bracing
Living Room 8’0 x 8’2
with 360 degrees of opening windows and a cone
16’11 x 17’3
Screen Porch 25’4 x 7’8
9’6 x 12’3
enhance the look. Stairs are carpeted. The room is heated and cooled by heat pump and has a small functioning wood stove. vHF and HF antenna allow radio communication to boats and stations around the world. The view is unparalleled.
Steep slopes on the perimeter waterfront are left in natural vegeta-
tion and mature trees. Level portions of the parcel, mostly on the
west side of the parcel are in lawn, sprinkled liberally with gardens and both functional and decorative items. All areas within the circular cart path (known as “The Beltway”) are fully irrigated from
both the main house and guest cottage wells. In addition to the patio areas outside the breezeway (mentioned earlier), are a number of decorative lamp posts lighting much of the
cart paths and a large stone patio with a water fountain and benches. Nearly a half mile of cart paths, most with brick ribbons,
surround the property and serve the pier and freight landing. Statues, an ornate gazebo and various field stone paths lead to interesting areas around the property.
ornamental trees including multiple varieties of Dogwood and Magnolia, Redbud, Crape Myrtle, Holly and Japanese and Snowbell Maple, thrive under mature oaks, Poplars, Firs and Beeches. Perennial gardens of Azalea, viburnums, Daphnes, oriental Lillies, Roses Camellia, and Hydrangea abound offering color and fragrance throughout the year. From July through September, blue crabs are plentiful. Perch, sunfish and other pan fish nibble at the growth on the pilings. Ducks, geese, song birds of many descriptions live on the island or its waters. The property, blanketed by a fresh, unspoiled and intensely quiet winter snow storm is one of the more beautiful sights. CoNCLUSIoN Life on the island is what you make it. Splitting and hauling wood for the ﬁreplaces and stoves, catching and cooking your own meals, meandering through the island isolation, secure from intrusion, enjoying peace and total quiet other than birds and waves, all in a world of your own beauty, yet in the middle of eight million busy souls and minutes from every need, can be achieved nowhere else but St Helena Island. If this is your desire, the Cottage is priceless. If not, it is worthless.
Published on Nov 19, 2012