Summer Series: A Well-rounded Relaxation

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This week I spoke with Jackie about her property in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, #32098 . Her home isn’t your average house full of right angles and straight lines– it’s a circle! If that’s not special enough, it is also on a lake. What more can you ask for?

When was your home originally built?

Our home was built in 1980 and is a japanese design that was conceived to be both energy efficient and to withstand earthquakes most effectively.  It was a single owner home when we purchased it fully furnished in 1999. It was at that time a black and white contemporary on the inside, very minimalist. We enjoyed the campiness of that for some time before we decided to completely remodel in 2007 and share some of the peace and tranquility we had come to enjoy in an even more amenity-rich environment.

Decorating a circular house must be difficult, how did you go about it?

We engaged a local designer who was tired of doing the 10 bed/10 bath beige and white houses that were being built all over the lake at the time. We had a relatively limited budget, but with it she transformed our house into a colorful retreat on the inside.

What is the house equipped with?

We upgraded all the electronics of course and now have high speed internet that just came through a few months ago. The house sports a brand new iMac computer for our guests pleasure, two round decks, and a round hot tub, as well as a brand new type A dock that is nestled on the sandy shores of our 150 feet of private lakefront…and can take up to two watercrafts.

Your rental looks like a treehouse, what surrounds this hideaway?

While we have a beautiful lakefront with a unique, naturally sandy shore, we also are surround by mature trees that give the home lots of privacy and a treehouse retreat kind of feel. The fall is a special time in the house since you can see amazing foliage while inside and outside the house.

While staying at Retro Lake Landing how can visitors spend their time?

Deep Creek Lake has really grown in terms of amenities. We have the great fortune of being not only 3/10 of a mile from Wisp Ski Resort with skiing, golf, tennis and a great spa and restaurant. But, in addition, Whitewater Adventures built in 2008 the largest recirculating whitewater raft course in the country which is simply amazing, and also has a great rock climbing adventure as well.

If you prefer nature we are within 15 minutes of three state parks one of which sports the highest waterfall in the tristate area at Swallow Falls. Boating of course and water skiing are high on the list.  Even in summer, it’s cool enough at night to fire up the outdoor fire pit and relax by it toasting marshmallows after a dip in the hot tub!

Are there activities for families?

For families the Autumn Glory Fest that occurs every October is perfect for families with parades, live music, corn mazes and more. There are also plenty of kid friendly restaurants within 15 minutes, as well as arcades, mini golf, bumper boats, batting cages, horseback riding, antiquing, and a famously wonderful Amish bakery.  This is all in addition to Wisp itself which has a great kids program year round, as well as golf, tennis, skiing, tubing and even a roller coaster that gives you amazing views!

What do you hope your renters get from a week at the Retro Lake Landing?

We call our home a “round utopia” and hope that everyone who comes can be as busy as they wish, but have plenty of rest, peace and restorative time. The most pleasing thing about our home is that there is as much or as little as you’d like to do, nearby. Yet we are in a quiet part of the lake with only 15 or so mature homes.  We are no tract mansion, just a small, comfortable cottage by the water that we keep stocked with all the comforts of home and good karma year round!



I can imagine lounging on one of the TWO decks. How about you? Where would you relax?


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