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Mid-Century Modern Lakefront Estate, Close to Va Beach & Chesapeake Bay

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate


About the property

Lakefront Privacy historic estate, 3 landscaped acres; tranquility close to all.

Mid-Century Modern oasis on Lake Whitehurst, close to Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay. A blend of whimsy & tranquility await you in this 4,000sf one-level home, with 3 private acres.

Two guest rooms w/queen beds & private updated en-suite bath. Sofa-sleeper in great room. Fully equipped chef's kitchen. Porch, patios, hot tub, on-site fishing, space to gather in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired pad.

Ideal for families, groups, couples & zen solitude. Easygoing 5-star host w/expertise in events.

An idyllic locale for a relaxing respite from the rat race, for family excursions, weddings & receptions and other events, both intimate and expansive.


Welcome to Wiseacre, an expansive, private estate reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr.—with a dash of “Mad Men."

This whimsical 4000sf Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Mid-Century Modern home offers a relaxing retreat from the rat race (if not the rat pack). Wiseacre is a family-friendly destination, also suited for couples, individuals searching for solitude, reunions, NAVY business, work groups and those looking for a stop along the way along the east coast.

All on one-level with a cavernous 650sf great room with 20-foot ceilings, newly renovated chef's kitchen, 10' dining table, wet bar, all-season porch, multiple terraces—and 3 acres of landscaped grounds surrounded on three sides by picturesque Lake Whitehurst (sublime sunrises & sunsets). We are also experienced hosting weddings & events (contact host for details).


* Guest Bedroom A: queen bed, HDTV/cable/HBO, lake view, bottled water, black-out drapes

* Guest Bedroom B: queen bed, lake view, bottled water, black-out drapes

* Private Bathroom: Jack & Jill bath shared between Guest Bedrooms A&B, step-in shower, towels, blow dryer, shampoo/conditioner

* Great Room: for 6+ overnight accommodations: pullout queen sofa sleeper, blow-up mattress available, half bath

KITCHEN FACILITIES: gas convection range, 22 refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker & Keurig, toaster, blender, air cooker, waffle iron, pots/pans, dishes, glassware, cooking utensils, cutlery.

OTHER FACILITIES: plenty of private driveway parking, Wifi, keyless entry, use of gas grill, 10’ dining table & chairs, 6’ wood-burning fireplace, central AC/heat, Amazon Firestick-equipped HDTV in kitchen, iron & board, porch, patio & terrace with furniture, lawn chairs, Amazon Echo… so much more!


* Guests are privy to 2 private bedrooms with luxurious queen-size beds, memory foam mattresses and an updated en-suite bathroom w/step-in shower. First guest room includes 55-inch HDTV/DVR/DVD & full cable/HBO.

* For more than 4 guests, a queen-size pullout sofa is available in the great room. There is also a queen blow-up mattress available. For larger groups, it's time to get creative. There are comfy built-ins along the wall and space in the great room to... spread out. We’ve had as many as 18 sleep here! (Please discuss large groups with your host.)

* Keyless entry, WiFi, a personalized guide to local activities, and morning coffee/tea make your stay all the more restful.

* Amazon Echo is at home here; ask Alexa for weather, travel directions, news, and listen to music via Pandora, iHeart, Spotify and Amazon Prime.

* Smart TV in the Guest Room A with cable, HBO, DVR. Second Smart TV in the kitchen with connectivity via Amazon Firestick and all other subscription services and mobile connects.

* Also: Multiple terraces w/seating and vistas of spectacular sunrises & sunsets on the lake, hammock, fishing, baby grand piano, and plenty of safe parking.


---> Any EVENT with more than SIX hosted at the home must ABSOLUTELY be discussed with your host in advance. No visitors to the home other than those booked, without discussing with the host.

---> PLEASE NOTE: Your host is on premises during your stay. I am a full-time work-at-home journalist, and spend days in the back office. Consider this your private getaway... with a butler present.

Wiseacre is 5 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk Botanical Garden and Norfolk International Airport. The Virginia Beach oceanfront & boardwalk are an easy 15-minute drive. Downtown Norfolk is 12 minutes on I-64. Busch Gardens and Williamsburg are an hour away.

Enjoy the best of both worlds: serenity on-site & all conveniences minutes away. Welcome to Hampton Roads... and Wiseacre!


*Local restaurants, taverns, groceries, gas, museums, shopping within minutes. Lots of suggestions on-site.

* High-speed Internet: Password shared upon arrival.

* Keyless entry, with a personalized 4-digit code.

* Towels & Linens provided. Shampoo, blow dryer, iron at hand.

* Coffee & Tea: And lots of it.

* Parking: Private driveway.

* Sweet 1.5yo Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Charlotte is your co-host, who looks forward to meeting you. She spends 99% of her time with me in my office, and will grant you privacy—or love.


Go to FB & type in Wiseacre Norfolk...

More Details

Chuck Taylor
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Chuck Taylor

Your host Chuck has worked in the entertainment industry as a professional journalist for three decades. As a former New York City boy with southern roots, I'm a friendly, open-minded guy.

If you'd like to share a cocktail on the terrace, I'm game. Or if you'd prefer privacy and a getaway from life's chaos, this spacious home also allows for minimal interaction. The choice is yours!

PLEASE NOTE: Your host is on premises during your stay. I am a full-time writer, and spend days in the back office. Consider this your private getaway... with a butler present! In addition, Charlotte, a King Charles Spaniel, looks forward to saying hello!

Chuck Taylor purchased this estate in 2014

Why Chuck Taylor chose Norfolk

Located on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Wiseacre Estate is minutes from the Chesapeake Bay & Norfolk Botanical Gardens, with the Virginia Beach Oceanfront an easy 15-minute drive. Looking for a respite? Privacy, peace and intimacy are calling cards of the property.

Quick access to local restaurants, bars, groceries, conveniences and retail.

Norfolk International Airport is 6 minutes away. Cabs are easily available there, while Uber serves the region. Rental cars are also on-site at the airport.

For those driving to Hampton Roads, Wiseacre is minutes from I-64 and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Once you're here, there's plenty of safe private driveway parking.

What makes this estate unique

* Free high-speed Internet access: Password shared upon your arrival.

* Towels & Linens: Yes, of course, provided. Shampoo, blow dryer, iron at hand.

* Coffee & Tea: And lots of it, in the morning.

* Parking: Endless private driveway.

* In Guest Bedroom A, a 55" plasma HDTV/DVD player/Tivo/HBO.

* Smoking allowed outdoors.

* Your host is a 50-year-old single guy who is young at heart and sociable. All ages welcome. As a former New Yorker, I am flexible, accommodating and ready to welcome new friends.

* Any EVENT hosted at the home must be discussed with your host in advance. Additional fees for any gathering over SIX.


Camellia Shores Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18 ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Beautifully renovated en-suite private bathroom with step-in shower. Links Guest Room and second Bedroom. All necessities provided. Second half-bath off of great room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Guest Room - 1 queen
    Guest Room 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper sofa for additional 2 guests; blow-up mattress
  • Two comfy private Guest Bedrooms with queen beds and a private shared en-suite bathroom. HDTV/Tivo in BR2. Bottled water, towels, hairdryer, shampoo, linens all provided. For additional guests, queen-size sleeper in the great room, queen blow-up mattress and comfortable built-ins that may accommodate 4 more. We have had as many as 18 overnight for flexible guests looking for a fun getaway that is not your typical stuffy vacation rental. Please see property photos and reach out with any questions. Relaxation and fun... that's the name of the game at Wiseacre!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
PLEASE NOTE: Your host is on premises during your stay. I am a full-time writer, and spend days in the back office. Consider this your private getaway... with a butler present! * Any EVENT hosted at the home must be discussed with your host in advance. Meetings, sizeable bachelorette parties, weddings & receptions incur additional fees via homeaway.


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Mid-Century Modern Lakefront Estate, Close to Va Beach & Chesapeake Bay
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for our beach bachelorette! The weather wasn't great so it was nice the house was amazing!! The host was very accommodating! Would definitely go back :)

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lots of space ! Huge backyard ,this is truley a beautiful home with beautiful scenery

  • 5 of 5

awesome vacation property peaceful and chuck was such a good host !

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Biggest house on the bay with a towering wall of glass.

  • 5 of 5

What a place, it was so nice to be here, that we drove 500 miles to the beach and never went "To The Beach". We felt so much like we were on our private island that we spent most of our time here at Wiseacre. We did venture out twice for some local eateries and to attend the annual Buffett concert, but felt so much like home that we spent most of our time at the Estate. We enjoyed the 3 acre yard, "new" hot tub and the history of the house that we just enjoyed looking everything. We did utilize the swanky modern kitchen of your dreams but also loved the older parts of the house that are preserved with collectibles from the 60's.

We were a little hesitate about the owner being there as your host, since we are VRBO owners of some cabins in Pigeon Forge and we never even see our guests. But that feeling went away immediately when we arrived Chuck greeted us, gave us a tour, a few ground rules and made us feel right at home. He works in a home office on one end of the house and lets you utilize his entire place during your stay. He also has his own private room and bath, so we hardly seen him. On our last day we never even seen him. The house is 4000 square feet.

We we're also allowed to bring our fur baby, a 7 pound Toy Poodle. Chuck also has an adorable pooch named Charlotte that welcomed her as well.

This place was exactly what we needed and was glad after all that we selected this property for it uniqueness. We have stayed in several Penthouses and a few Grand Suites and we enjoyed Wiseacre, just as much. We are pleased that we selected this property. No hotel has all this to offer.

We also enjoyed the airport across the bay, with its roaring engines and flashing lights we were wondering where are people going and coming from. Yet once in the house we didn't hear the jets.

While at a local beach bar we told our waitress the location of where we were staying and she commented that she drives by that way and she thought someone rich or famous lived there.

Lifestyle of living like a rock star..............................

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Unique Experience

  • 5 of 5

The Lakefront Estate was perfect for our family of four Spring Break trip. The beautiful home and lake views were breathtaking, the rooms were comfortable, and the host "Chuck" made us feel welcomed. He even left baskets of candy in the rooms for the kids. Our two boys loved playing in the back yard and didn't want to leave. Staying at the Lakefront Estate was an experience that we will never forget.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Don't pass this up!!

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful stay. Chuck was friendly and accommodating and Charlotte is the cutest. "Scap-gals" (4 of us with plenty of supplies) were able to spread out and have plenty of room. Full range of kitchen...beautiful modern and plenty of room.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome home. Loved the setting, architecture and Chuck was a fantastic host!

  • 5 of 5

My brother, two sisters and I booked this property for 6days to attend the wedding of my brother's daughter at the close by Botanical Gardens. This home is spacious, well decorated and has a fantastic kitchen if you are into cooking. Chuck the host and his little dog Charlotte were just the best. He was around to give great ideas on where to eat and things to see and do on the days we were not involved with the wedding. Charlotte was very friendly and love to play but she did not bark hardly at all, so would not disturb you that way. Other times you hardly new they were in the house. It was really nice having someone that knew the area to talk with when at the house. Highly recommend Chuck and his home for a relaxing stay. The price is great too! Would stay here again if came back to Norfolk.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Norfolk Botanical Garden
Aberdeen Barn Steak House
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Cutty Sark
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Many to choose from!
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many to choose from!
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Car: recommended

There are countless sites to see throughout this resort area! The beach and bay are minutes away, and Colonial Williamsburg and amusement park Busch Gardens are within an hour's drive. That's only a sampling.

Numerous travel guides for Norfolk and Virginia Beach are furnished upon your arrival, along with personal recommendations.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $14
Additional Guest Fee $16 per person per night

PLEASE NOTE: Your host is on premises during your stay. I am a full-time writer, and spend days & evening in the back office. Consider this your private getaway... with a butler present!

* Any EVENT hosted at the home must be discussed with your host in advance. Meetings, sizable bachelorette parties, weddings & receptions incur additional fees via homeaway.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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