A seafood tycoon turned an abandoned former bootlegger’s hideout into a $25 million dream home — take a look inside the Maryland mansion

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  • A former bootlegger’s hideout is selling for $US25 million in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Built in 1922, the home later housed Capuchin friars and Japanese boarding school students.
  • Maryland seafood tycoon Steve Phillips purchased the home for $US2.5 million in 2002 after it had been abandoned for over a decade, he and his wife told Bloomberg.
  • Take a look inside the estate, which comes with a secret tunnel, infinity pool, funicular, and nine-car garage.
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A storied estate overlooking the Severn River in Maryland has hit the market for $US25 million.

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David DeSantis and Brad Kappel of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty represent the listing.

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Known as the Friary on the Severn, the home is situated on 23 wooded acres about 10 minutes from downtown Annapolis and less than hour from Washington, DC.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty


Built in 1922 by bootlegger E. Bartlett Hayward, the home later housed Capuchin friars and a Japanese boarding school before falling into disrepair.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty, Trulia, Bloomberg


When current owners Maxine and Steve Phillips purchased the home in 2002, it had been abandoned for over a decade and raccoons lived in it, they told Bloomberg in a recent interview about the estate.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty, Bloomberg


Phillips, the millionaire CEO of Maryland-based Phillips Seafood, purchased the estate for $US2.5 million in 2002 with the intent of turning it into a dream home and embarked on a multi-year renovation.

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View of the ballroom (former friary). Sean Shanahan Photography / Sotheby’s International Realty

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The end result is a far departure from a raccoon-filled decaying estate.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty


In place of the friars’ dormitory, the Phillipses built a 60-foot-long infinity pool …

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty, Bloomberg


… surrounded by modern outdoor lounges.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty


The former friary is now a spacious ballroom …

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… and in place of a dated bowling alley is a sleek indoor resistance pool.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty, Bloomberg


Some rooms, like this wood-paneled den, feel of another era …

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… while others, like this windowed sitting area, are bright and contemporary.

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The home is built for entertaining. Between the main residence and guest quarters, there are 11 fireplaces …

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty


… 7 bedrooms, and 11 bathrooms.

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One of the more lavish features is the estate’s nine-car garage.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty


After dinner, residents and guests could head to the wine cellar for a nightcap …

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… or to the game room for a round of billiards.

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A covered pavilion offers a peaceful respite in nature …

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… and walkways wind along the water’s edge from the six-slip private dock with a boat lift.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty


To get to the dock from the house, residents have their choice of options: They can take a small funicular, or walk through a secret tunnel built during the days when the house served as a base for smuggling booze and guns. The tunnel is hidden behind a vault in the billiards room, listing agent David DeSantis told Trulia.

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Source: Sotheby’s International Realty, Bloomberg, Trulia