Huntingtown, MD- Peregrine Cliff, Tom Clancy’s 537-acre wooded estate went on sale two years ago for $6.9 million, and last week it sold to a private party for $4.9 million.
“The main residence, a 17,000 square foot three-level stone custom built contemporary home, sits on approximately 537 acres along the Chesapeake Bay in Huntingtown, Maryland. With over one mile of pristine waterfront, this is clearly a one-of-a-kind property, and opportunity. The seven-bedroom, six full and two half bath home offer amenities rarely found in private residences, even of this caliber. The attached indoor pool pavilion’s retractable roof permits year-round enjoyment, while the below-grade two-lane private gun range offers an opportunity to practice your marksmanship in complete privacy,” the website PeregrineCliff.com states. The property host 11 parcels of land and can be view below on county topographical maps.
The writer rebuilt Peregrine Cliff Estate, a former children’s summer camp in Huntingtown, as a seven-bedroom residence with the petrified-wood writing desk in the home office, an indoor pool with a retractable roof, a gun range, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a private beach. The grounds include a three-bedroom guest house and a playhouse next to tennis courts, sports fields, and a private beach.
Clancy also lived in a 12,000 square-foot penthouse condo at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Baltimore, which has long been on the market and now listed by Stevens for $5.9 million, about half its original $12 million asking price in 2015.
Alexandra Clancy, the author’s second wife, and widow is the seller of both properties and has been in a legal battle over his estate. In 2016, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that she was not responsible for the author’s tax bill on the $82 million dollar estate. She also filed a lawsuit over the right to Clancy’s most famous book character,” Jack Ryan”. After Hunt for Red October came out in 1984, the United States Naval Institute, as the publisher, asserted that it owned all rights to the book and that any use of the book’s characters by Clancy would constitute copyright infringement. The matter went to arbitration where the case was settled with Clancy being acknowledged as owning the rights to the characters in his book. Tom Clancy would then establish a company, Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd., designated to receive the reassignment of the Hunt copyright. But Alexandra Clancy is emphasizing what allegedly wasn’t transferred.
“The assignment made no mention of the character Jack Ryan,” states the complaint (read here in full). “Accordingly, unless Tom Clancy subsequently assigned his rights to the character Jack Ryan, he remained the exclusive owner of the character Jack Ryan until his death on October 1, 2013.”
The seller has not revealed who has bought the property, but says in a Baltimore Sun interview that they plan to use it for family.