Wayne & Ginny Outten never imagined they’d fulfill a longtime dream during a boating excursion on the St. Martins River
Even though Wayne & Ginny Outten are a Manhasset, NY, couple who work at the award-winning Park Avenue law firm Wayne (voted a “Best Lawyer in America” every year since 1987) cofounded, he is actually a native of Pocomoke City who has been regularly vacationing in OC for about 30 years. During an excursion in 2007, the couple happened upon what would become their coastal-country dream home while boating on a warm autumn day.
As they came upon a unique peninsula-shaped two-acre parcel along the Bishopville Prong of the St. Martins River, they noticed a quaint country cottage positioned high on a knoll, rather unusual for the low-lying tracts typical of coastal regions. Their interest was piqued when they saw the “For Sale by Owner” sign on the dock. Soon after, they bought the property from Harris and Della Quillen and named it Heron Point; to the Outten’s family and friends, however, it’s called Paradise. The Outtens enjoyed the cottage for a couple of years before going about the business of creating their dream house. When the time was right, they hired Christopher Pattey of Becker Morgan to design the house and Joseph T. Dashiell Builders to construct it. They also purchased an adjoining acre of land, hiring Danny Turnbaugh of Dutchman Tileworks to build a barn on and to move the cottage to that plot.
Situated on the prime waterfront area of the property, the L-shaped layout of this 5,000 sq. ft. main structure was conceived to mimic shoreline limits and capture panoramic water views from almost every room, while bathing the interior in natural light. Gambrelled roof lines were also integrated into the main-house design, yielding an agrarian vernacular to the country-manor-house aesthetic. Hardie shingle siding, wide white trim, distinctive black windows with optimal placement and simple detailing harmoniously anoint the home with an Atlantic coastal ambiance. Stone, ipe, and copper accents, solid-wood carriage-style doors, handcrafted lanterns and a barn-red exterior add to this seamless rendition of country-coastal fusion.
Inside, generously proportioned rooms somehow retain a charming intimacy rarely found in a new residence of this scale. Ageless materials like distressed wide-plank cherry and pine floors, natural stone, marble, slate and aged mirrors exude the aura of history in a creation that is not even four years old. A thread of refined French Country detail flows from the custom kitchen and bar, insinuating all areas of the home. A well-thought-out use of both antique and modern lighting and plumbing fixtures, hardware, tiles and other furnishings and antiquities confer an updated, clean appeal while observing the home’s distinguished character.
A wide front foyer leads to the great room, with three two-story walls of windows and French doors facing the water, surrounded by a wide veranda on the outside. A massive stone fireplace graces the interior wall, and pillars separate the earth-tone space from the kitchen and dining area. The coffered ceiling is covered with brown-grass wallpaper. Carlisle wide-plank distressed cherry floors have been used throughout.
All of the home’s living areas were designed for entertaining, something the Outtens enjoy, from the open black-and-white granite kitchen counters and a
wide island, high-end stainless-steel appliances and an old-world custom bar to the temperature-controlled enclosed lanai and the outdoor entertaining area, which comprises an in-ground pool, outdoor stone fireplace, hot tub, grilling island and summer kitchen.
A closer look at the décor scheme reveals the attention to detail that is Ginny Outten’s imprimatur. In this, she was aided by Salisbury’s That Furniture Store, Monkey’s Trunk in West Ocean City, and Rooster’s Nest in Fenwick Island for the lion’s share, though other select décor items represent the Outtens’ travels throughout the world.
The first-floor master suite boasts a stone fireplace and built-in bookcases, in addition to an amazing water view — accessible through retractable Hunter Douglas shades — and a spacious bathroom bedecked with tile-and-marble floors, high wainscoting, an oversized shower and soaking tub. Also on the first level is Wayne Outten’s home office, which also has a stone fireplace, as well as a bay window with built-in window seat and massive cabinetry crafted by Chris Farlow. A spacious laundry room and front-hall powder room round out the first floor.
Upstairs, Ginny’s home office takes center stage, with a perspective that overlooks the great room. Two hallways lead to three more bedrooms, each with a private bath. The two facing the water have private outdoor balconies. With all this luxurious diversion, you wouldn’t think there would be any more in the offing, yet above the three-car garage is a game room with a pool table and exercise equipment, a wet bar and a powder room, plus an additional sleeping area for the Outtens’ grandchildren.
After one has experienced the Outtens’ custom-built Shangri-La in its totality, there’s no wonder they are spending less time in New York and more in Bishopville.
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