Experience the Chesapeake from your very own front row seat. Surrounded by water on three sides, the living area is 1300 sq feet with an indoor walk up/utility area on the first floor. The third floor is unfinished & locked. The layout is open floor plan with kitchen, dining and living room facing the Chesapeake with stunning views out the large atrium doors. This property offers a 2nd level wrap around deck that looks down into the water where sea rays & skates glide by. Only a sea wall between you and the water out front, and a nature-preserve beach out back. A birder’s paradise—adjacent to, marshes, and tidal pools land-side of the property. Regular residents include diving ducks and dabblers, egrets, blue heron, sea gulls, gannets & terns. Osprey nest within sight and a bald eagle visits regularly. Fish feed on the surface before your eyes. Crab or fish from the property. Launch the kayaks from the yard and paddle to harbors north and south. Take a swim or float in the shallow water next to the property, or sit on the deck and watch ships roll down the channel.
Only 30 minutes to Washington DC and Annapolis. Locally it's a short walk or bike ride to the boardwalk/pier or shops, restaurants, and wine bar. Fine dining just 3 blocks away. Chesapeake Beach water park and charter boat fishing 2 miles south. Herrington Harbor 4 miles north. Stop by the Bay History Museum, walk to the farmer's market Friday eve where antique cars gather. Take in the summer concert series on the pier 2nd Saturday of summer months, or see free family movies all summer long on the 10 ft. high screen on the beach. Into night life? There's bingo, gaming and slots at many establishments within walking distance, as well as live music venues up and down the western shore. Cars are not necessary thanks to the Beach Trolley Association. Beach Trolley runs from Chesapeake Beach, through North Beach, up to Deale and back with a fare of only 25 cents per ride all summer. Bayfest live entertainment and crafts 4th weekend in August. September brings free campfires on the beach. Plan your vacation now for “Bay Galle”, the envy of North Beach.
Patrick Murphy and Annie Murphy Roberts inherited this home from their father, James Michael 'Mike' Murphy, and chose to preserve the property after purchasing interests from other family members. Mike Murphy designed the Smithsonian American History Museum and oversaw construction & maintenance of many Smithsonian buildings in DC for over 20 years before retiring at the house in North Beach. During World War II, he worked as a physicist on the Manhattan project at Los Alamos. He purchased the North Beach property in 1979. In 1986, he designed/engineered the building to withstand hurricane force winds by building on a 12-telephone pole foundation driven 34 feet into the ground. A category 4 hurricane (Isabel) has since passed in 2003 without disturbing the solid construction. He also engineered the tidal pool in the rear of the property to attract wildlife and serve as a boat launch. Patrick Murphy is an avid fisherman and small business owner. Annie Murphy Roberts is a health care provider.
We chose to keep the property because it is unique among bay properties. There are water views on three sides, it has it's own private harbor, and unmatched proximity to the water. It is also less than one hour from our homes, making it the perfect weekend get-away.
The deck practically overlooks the water. The house has it's own protected harbor for small water craft. The proximity to the water allows you to see breaking schools of fish feeding, sea rays, ospreys, egrets or the blue heron residing in the back yard and adjacent marshes. Terrapins nest and their young hatch in the beach nature preserve behind the property. Unlike other houses on the street, you may crab or fish from the property.