The 11th annual Sand Castle Home Tour, benefitting The Art League of Ocean City, features 10 spectacular properties, including Pat & Gary Sauter’s gem located at The Links at Lighthouse Sound
Pat Sauter will be the first to tell you that the palatial house she occupies in Bishopville’s Lighthouse Sound is the fulfillment of her husband’s fertile imagination and long-held dreams. That’s especially impressive considering Gary Sauter’s four-decade career as a powerful D.C. lobbyist who numbers U.S. presidents among his friends. Perhaps his time strolling the corridors of power influenced him, since his grand expanse currently stands as a centerpiece of the Ocean City Art League’s 11th annual Sand Castle Home Tour.
One of the first decisions Gary made when space planning the home is to have a spacious open floor plan with a 22’ foyer that leads the eye and the visitor straight to the sumptuous 22’ martini pool, which lies just beyond a bank of the largest windows Andersen mass-produces. The Nantucket-style home with mansard roof boasts five bedrooms, six baths and a full 86 windows with which to enjoy breathtaking views of Assawoman Bay. Suffice it to say that the ambient exposure combined with Gary’s assiduous design philosophy have engendered a bright and cheerful space where they and their guests may unwind in quintessential Eastern Shore luxury.
The couple’s living room, with its stone fireplace and cushy seating is inviting and elegant without being pretentious. Across from it is Gary and Pat’s office, where pictures of themselves with the Clintons, Gores, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy and Bob Dole line the walls. The handmade, tobacco-finished antique desk with parquet inlay and matching antique chair come from J. Conn Scott, as have the majority of the home’s tastefully eclectic furnishings. The Florida-knockdown textured walls that recur throughout the home are finished in a sunny goldenrod shade, conferring the feel of even more bright and airy space than is supplied by its 12’ ceilings and 5,300 livable square feet.
The gourmet kitchen includes Napolitano granite countertops but boasts a fascinating pentagonal “wine cellar,” which sequesters an amazing 18th-century French hutch. The enormous pantry hides the microwave, while the multiple sinks, ice machine, warming tray, six-burner cooktop stove with flat grill and commercial ventilation guarantee efficient entertaining. Off-white beadboard cabinetry echoes the home’s rustically coastal vibe.
The first thing that catches one’s eye in the master suite is the clear beveled-glass book table, which showcases a stylish array of literary material that Barnes & Noble would envy. The room’s king-size distressed-style bed set in parchment, Berber carpeting, Hunter Douglas plantation-style window treatments and his-and-her sectioned walk-in dressing closets convey the feel of a five-star seaside hotel. This effect is only magnified by its master bath, which provides French doors en route to more Napolitano granite, cherry-walnut beadboard cabinetry, platform Jacuzzi-style tub and a doorless shower with preset-temperature fixtures by Show House. The home’s ancillary bath-works include finishing touches like Gala Crème granite and etched-glass bowl sinks.
It’s no less impressive upstairs. In addition to the magnificent array of guest bedrooms is the Sauter’s expansive theater room, featuring a Luna Pearl granite-topped kitchenette with sink, refrigerator and icemaker, a 61” plasma flat-screen TV with premium German sound system, leather sofas and an attached trophy/game room that enshrines sentimental memorabilia. The upstairs reading room, with its banks of luxurious leather seating and spectacular views, is another exceptional space worthy of a long look.
Superbly constructed by T&G Builders, the home’s rich red-oak flooring and carpeting come courtesy of Homeworks in Ocean City. The courtyard-style patio, meanwhile, is not only home to the 92-degree martini pool but also reveals the inset construction of its east side, yielding wraparound views from the interior and egress from every first-level room. Like the patio, the home’s driveway consists of eco-friendly pavers that prevent runoff to the bay.
In its totality, this Lighthouse Sound home really puts the “castle” in the Sand Castle Home Tour.
The 11th annual Sand Castle Home Tour cocktail party will
be held at the Gateway Grand on Sept. 16. Guests will enjoy an evening of
“Cirque des Artes,” with heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and a beautiful
setting. Tickets are $95 per person and are available online at
ArtLeagueofOceanCity.org or by calling 410-524-9433. A limited number of
tickets are available.
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