Baltimore’s Academy-Award winning director Barry Levinson has sold his waterfront Annapolis estate, which Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. also once called home, for $5 million.
While the buyer remains anonymous, he or she will enjoy a 270-degree view of Spa Creek and city landmarks from a 6,740-square-foot mansion that sits atop a 0.3-acre peninsula in Eastport, just south of downtown Annapolis.
“If a buyer wanted a spectacular house with what’s likely the best waterfront view in all of Annapolis, this would be it,” said Karen Hubble Bisbee, principal of Hubble Bisbee of Long & Foster Real Estate and Christie’s International Real Estate, who brokered the deal. “It’s one of those homes where you open the door and your breath is immediately taken away because of the amazing water views available at every angle.”
The home was built in 2010 for Levinson, the Baltimore native who directed the 1980s film Diner (shot in Charm City), as well as Hollywood hits The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, and Rain Man.
In 2015, Levinson rented the property to Cal Ripken, Jr., who had recently moved to Annapolis. Both celebrities enjoyed views of steady boat traffic and the opening and closing of Spa Creek Drawbridge, along with events like the Eastport Yacht Club’s Lights Parade and Annapolis Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Sailboat Races in Annapolis Harbor.
Levinson kept his red-hulled and navy blue boat Avalon (named for the 1990 Baltimore-based drama he directed) on the property’s 220 feet of waterfront. While it’s unclear whether Ripken Jr. ever kept a boat there, we do know that he’s a regular on the waters of Annapolis.
“This home would make a boater out of anybody,” said Hubble Bisbee.
The home’s sale took place in just nine days despite the national COVID-19 pandemic, and Hubble Bisbee credits modern technology like virtual tours and e-notary, e-document, and e-property records services with making it happen. (The home’s stunning views didn’t hurt, either).
The only question left is who’ll be moving into and starting to live the lifestyle of the rich (and maybe famous) next at 203 Lockwood Court.