Tuesday, July 25, 2017  

Water's Edge
the Lawler house

Recently listed by Lawler Real Estate of White Stone, the Powell property literally takes your breath away! The listing ‘91 York’ located off York Road in Irvington is one of the Northern Neck’s most exclusive and truly unique waterfront homes. This residence lays claim to spectacular water views, thoughtful appointments, and gracious lifestyles. So it comes as no surprise that this is considered one of the finest homes to become available on Carter’s Creek in recent years.

Nantucket in style, with cedar shingles and white trim, magnificent in design, and welcoming in spirit. This 7200 square foot home with lots of porches and decks on Carter’s Creek is perfect for those with a love for entertaining; having ample room for all of your family and friends. This house is perfect for multigenerational living. It is lovely for one family, but can readily lend itself to the idea of blended families or multiple generations; as this type of cohabitation has become so popular recently.

91 York is also the perfect place to find peace and quiet. It’s situated in an exclusive waterfront neighborhood on a point of land isolated by trees and careful plantings. The property gives the feeling of being its own conclave, but the seclusion is selective as one can easily walk to the Tides Inn or the Town of Irvington for lunch or shopping.

As one of the most commanding residences on Carter’s Creek, 91 York has water on three sides, with the primary view facing south, down the creek, past the Tides Inn, towards the Rappahannock River. If it sounds like boating heaven, that is because it is. The property features a 137 foot pier with three slips for sailboats and yachts. It also has a space for kayaks and canoes. With sailboat depth water, the tide flows in and out bringing blue crabs, saltwater fish, and seasonable waterfowl to the surrounding waters. For landlubbers taking a morning walk, there is a lovely boardwalk adjacent to part of the property’s 430 foot shoreline.

Many mornings can be spent sitting on the porch watching boats come and go from the Inland Waterway and Chesapeake Bay. The Tides Inn being situated directly across the creek adds interest and variety to the view without being intrusive, as can be the case with such a popular location. The Tides Inn has been selected for several years by the readers of Chesapeake Bay Magazine as the best restaurant and most popular resort to visit. Best of all, it’s far enough away so you don’t hear any noise, yet close enough to enjoy the fine dining and golf course. Plus, there is the added bonus of loading your kids or grandkids into a launch and puttering across the creek for Sunday brunch; not to mention your family having first class seats for the Inn’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

For all its grandeur, when you walk inside this house it simply fits like a glove. Perhaps that is because the residence takes full advantage of Carter’s Creek’s natural beauty by bringing the expansive views into the house itself. The rooms incorporate the creek as an additional architectural device. In fact, almost all of the rooms in the house have breathtaking views.

When reflecting on what makes this house special, one has to experience a visit to fully appreciate the many ‘special features’ incorporated in the design and construction. Of special interest is the fourth level cupola which has spectacular 360 degree views of the creek. It is a finished room with hardwood floors, with a door on either side leading to two private sun decks. The decks are large enough for two chairs and there is a solid railing for privacy.

The list of ‘special features’ in one of the two kitchens includes a Sub Zero refrigerator enclosed in a custom designed French Country cabinet and a well designed granite center aisle workspace. Then there is the actual design of the living space. This house has such a versatile floor plan; it is practical and has enough space to accommodate almost any size family.

The entry level has two entry doors, each leading to separate, but connected, living spaces on opposite ends of the house. There are two fully equipped kitchens and living areas for family and guests. Included in both sections are a living room, dining room, library, great room, and river room. The upper level has two owner suites, two guest rooms, a den, and an office. The lower level has a recreation room, exercise room, and utility room.

Details in the house are exceptional! The millwork is extraordinary with nothing overdone and everything feeling just right, like home. This includes 16-18 inch crown molding, a hand carved living room mantle and dining room French doors opening to a second level deck overlooking the water. In one of the living areas there is a double sided fireplace which adds dimension to the room and separates the dining room from the great room nicely.

The list of ‘special features’ continues to grow with Russ and Judy’s bathroom that has a portal window in the shower with a water view. The library has built-in cabinets and bookcases, a view of the water, and is very comfortable. There are so many different rooms and so many places for the family to sit and visit, play games, or just read a good book.

Another place for the family to gather is the swimming pool, which is safely surrounded by a stone and wrought iron fence. There is also a hot tub to relax in after a day on the water. A full bathroom is readily available to family and guests. In addition, there is an outside elevator that rises one level from the ground to ease movement from the pool to the deck off of the dining room.

There is also a two car garage on the lower level of the house. Detached from the main residence is a carriage house that can be used for additional automobiles or expansion and storage.

Returning to the theme of 91 York being a family home, one can see two generations living in this house, or at least lots of visits by the grandchildren. There is a separate playground area for children complete with sand, swings, sliding board, and manicured grass.
What a wonderful place to be!