Sensitively designed and constructed in 1992 with complete respect to the pristine environment. Unequivocally,the home conveying the most beach frontage on our Eastern Shore, 2 miles.
Tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay border the 1/4 mile private entrance road to the south and north. Observations of the wildlife begin straight away. Flourishing dunes line Mason Beach with an estimated 2 miles of frontage on the Chesapeake Bay. By night the lights of Virginia Beach and Tangier Island can be detected. By day one can scan the horizon without any visible signs of human invasion.
The 3500 sq' of living space is divided into two wings providing privacy for guest and the host as well.
Due to the clever placement of the drip irrigation, flowering trees and scrubs are successfully maturing. This walk way runs parallel with the beach and its tributaries. During brisk days a stroll along this lane is quite entertaining.
Tidal wetlands have been identified as some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They trap nutrients from both land and sea, they provide essential resting, wintering and nesting grounds for many species of migratory waterfowl. This Snowy Egret is a frequent visitor.
The grounds are so full of life, deer, fox, turtles, birds and jumping fish.
This friendly fellow guided us along the pristine beach and waters of the bay. Lucky fellow indeed.
The existence of Ostralia is thanks to an extensive sandbar, approximately 800' west that runs the distance of the majority of the beach frontage. Navigable water is best reached from Butchers creek to the Pungoteague channel, being a deep water channel. The Northeast portion of the property fronts Butchers creek. Nanuda Creek to the southwest.
Gleaming marble flooring the colors of the sea, span the first floor. The 20 x 24 sitting room with cathedral ceiling, recessed halogen lighting and fireplace, is lined with windows that have electric storm shutters. Central vacum system throughout as well.
The sitting room is separated from the formal dining by a massive chimmey that allows for a fireplace in both rooms. The room has an elegant flow from the foyer to the dining room.
The formal dining room is 20 x 15 with the furniture particularly designed for the space and may convey.
The well equipped kitchen has two decks. One is just for the grill and the other suitable for dining. There is a breakfast counter as well.
Handy is this small deck, planned just for the BBQ, The veranda off the Master bedroom is in view.
This deck spans the length of the kitchen, lovely for a lazy day meal.
Adjacent to the kitchen and Master bedroom is the library/office. Skylights provide natural lighting for this 16 x 8.6 room with soaring ceilings. You'll be well connected with 6 independent underground telephone lines
A sprial staircase just off the kitchen and library brings you to the crowsnest, where a wet bar awaits and views of sea, tidal wetlands, ponds and creeks. Ships, sailboats, work vessels, sport fishermen underway in the Bay are in view.
Windows are to the east and west in the crowsnest that is 8 x 18. A wonderful spot to while away the time and destress.
There are two verandas, one to the west and the other to the northeast. The Master suite is 13 x 20 with master bath divided by a gas log fireplace, deep bath jacuzzi and large shower stall. The Master bath takes in the views of the sea.
Even in the bath you won't miss a passing deer on the beach, fox at play, vessels passing in the distance, all the while having complete privacy.
The guest wing has its own private entrance from the foyer and sitting room. This sitting room is also a billard room and is 20 x 18.
The guest wing also has a fully equipped kitchen.
A walk way leads to the patio area where sandy souls can enjoy a picnic.
The guest have a spacious deck as well overlooking Bennett's Marsh and the Chesapeake Bay. While our research dating back 150 years indicates no one resided here, there is a story. Folklore states that the area was used to run a Federal blockade during the Civil War by the people of Hacksneck, including Captain John Bennett, supplying goods to the people on Virginia's western shore. The blockade took merchandise from country stores in the interior of southern Accomack County and transported it over seldom used roads and trails during the night. The goods were then hidden in beds and other unsuspecting places until transport across the Chesapeake Bay, which usually occurred on dark stormy nights using small canoes with small sails. There is more to that well documented story, to be told while partaking of cool refreshment at Ospralia.
There are two guest rooms with adjacent full bath. All rooms with views of the sea. Guest room two, 11 x 13.6. Extended guests will be most comfortable, for the floor plan allows host and guests complete privacy.
Parking paddock. The home is built upon 87 salt treated pilings with reinforced 6 x 6 salt treated crossbars, hip roof, reinforced with Simpson hangers, hurricare ties and strapping. There is also a ADT security system. underground gas tanks, geo-thermal heat & air and motion sensors at gate and house. There are three wells.
Annually at Ospralia the Osprey build their nest in the tree tops or on the buoy markers.
Listing Ospralia has been rather emotional for me. Many times its all about making the sale where everyone is happy about the numbers. I leave today with complete graditiude that such a place has been truely respected, protected and proud there is such a tract of land that meets the criteria of a ecosystem of pristine diveresity, right here on this beloved Eastern Shore. The Sellers have cherished and enjoyed their twenty plus years. Now its your time, hopefully you invited me for a visit.