by Joe Wills
The home at 1812 Demere Road on St. Simons Island was recently featured in the Brunswick News as a “showcase home” for its unique location and famous past owner, artist Maxfield Parrish. Below is the complete excerpt from the July 27 issue:
This fabulous secluded estate is in a convenient south Island location just a mile from the beach on the marsh with ocean views. The property is surrounded by the 9+-acre National Park, Bloody Marsh and a tidal creek. In addition to its unique history as a battle site and artist’s retreat, the five bedroom, 4 bath brick Colonial is loaded with unique features including handcrafted woodwork in floors and ceilings, plaster walls, fireplace circa 1700s, and sunroom with Spanish tile.
The spacious master suite features wood floor cut from massive antique beams that were planed and installed by hand. The master is octagon-shaped to maximize the surrounding peaceful views. Outside is a sparkling gunite swimming pool with sunken bar.
British, Spanish and Indian artifacts from the property’s rich history continue to be unearthed. There is truly nothing comparable to this beautiful home for $1,300,00 on St. Simons Island. www.bloodymarsh.com.
This property was famed 20th century artist Maxfield Parrish’s secluded winter retreat on St. Simons Island. Maxfield Parrish was born in Philadelphia and developed many innovative techniques in his artwork and is known for luminous colors. Throughout his career, he painted, illustrated children’s books and was commissioned by magazines and advertisers. His most famous painting, Daybreak, sold in 2006 for $7.6 million. In the early 1900s, Maxfield and his wife Lydia took breaks from the Pennsylvania winter at their St. Simons Island retreat.