When Steve Phillips, CEO of Baltimore-based fish purveyor Phillips Seafood, and his wife Maxine happened upon this 1922 brick mansion on the Severn River in Annapolis, Md., it was in such a state of disrepair that the couple purchased the property with the idea of knocking down the house and starting anew. A family of raccoons had taken up inside, but the Phillips family fell in love with the place anyway, and brought in local architect Charles Anthony to restore the mansion. Sited atop a 140-foot cliff, the formerly 27-bedroom manse was built for an arms dealer—who is said to have stashed illegal arms in a secret basement passage—and was later used as a Capuchin monastery. Today, it would take a lot more than devotion to God to bed down in the Friary on the Severn, as the 23-acre estate is known. The listing price is a jaw-dropping $32M. The 26,000-square-foot mansion is joined on the property by an Asian tea house, a three-bed guest house, a pair of swimming pools, a tennis court and a private dock.
· Friary on the Severn [Sotheby's via Curbed DC]