Spy House of the Week: Clark Road Contemporary

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As an architect, I always enjoy writing about a stellar design solution and the owners of this house achieved this by collaborating with a dream team of the architect John Milnes Baker and builder Alton Darling. After a drive through the woods, you arrive at the contemporary styled house surrounded by over seven acres of wooded privacy with views of Mill Pond. The front porch “hyphen” connects two pavilions with hipped roofs for a very pleasant massing. One pavilion is the garage and greenhouse and the other pavilion is the house.  Bay window projections and decks on both the main level and the second floor offer views of the serene landscape.  

The finished basement has a wine cellar, rooms for sewing or crafts and an art studio.  The main floor contains the main living areas and kitchen with the bedrooms on the second floor. The corner sitting room on the main floor with its French doors leading to the deck and the wide bay window felt like a sunroom.  I thought this would be my favorite room but the screened porch off the dining room was hard to resist. I also loved the second floor TV room with its fireplace and the bay projection that contained a worktable (if one could work and ignore the view of the woods and water)! The master bedroom in one corner of the second floor had windows on two sides, a fireplace with TV above and a deck for a restful retreat.  

There were so many other details that made this house special-the mix of materials with the brick fireplace surrounds, warm woods of the kitchen cabinets, hardwood floors and trimwork, the wall accent colors of warm gold, the three fireplaces and the built-in “mini library” at the stair landing and the wonderfully eclectic decorating that gave this house such personality.  

For more information about this property, contact Liddy Campbell with Cross Street Realtors at410-778-3779 (o), 410-708-5433 (c) or liddy@csrealtors.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

 

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.

Real Estate Price Points: What $701,000 to $1,000,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $735,000 in Chestertown.

I love the tradition of naming one’s house; I christened my modest farmhouse “Maple Leaf Cottage” in deference to the two towering silver maples on my property. The name of today’s feature, “Reed House”, may have been inspired by the shoreline vegetation along its setting on the Sassafras River.

Each elevation of this house had great appeal. The symmetrical front façade with its center door flanked by windows, three second floor windows aligned above and attic with its peaked center gable, decorative window and a dormer window on either side all contribute to Reed House’s charm. The wrap-around porch covers the front and one side of the house for relaxing outside and enjoying the views of the river. There is also another porch on the opposite side.

A long shed dormer and a protruding two-story bay on the rear and side elevations also offer great charm. Large windows on the main floor give the kitchen and informal dining areas views of the river. I could easily imagine being a guest and perching on the window seat under the wide triple windows and conversing with my hosts while dinner was being prepared. The dining room in one corner of the house had bold red walls with crisp white trim, hardwood floors and lovely antique furnishings. The house has been tastefully renovated without compromising its historic charm.

The open attic level is a blank slate and offers great possibilities limited only by one’s imagination. Windows on three sides bring sun in throughout the day. This family has made it a playroom for children of all ages.

For more information about this property contact Chris McClary with Gunther McClary Real Estate at 410-275-2118 (o), 410-708-2614 (c) or mcclary21@hotmail.com or John Burke, 443-206-3727 (c) or jburke57@gmail.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.

Spy House of the Week: Contemporary on the Chester

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Several readers have wanted to know my favorite architectural style. I love houses and have lived in a mid-century modern, bungalows, four-squares and my current farmhouse. If I had lived in the early twentieth century my dream team of designers would have been the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and the interior designer William Morris. Contemporary houses are also hard to resist so this house on the Chester River caught my eye.

The views of the broad expanse of the river from the house are unbroken by vistas of other houses for serene seclusion. The street view of the house shows an interesting  mix of contemporary forms faced with vertical battens that cast shadows on the walls for added texture. The kitchen, family and dining areas are open to each other and the exposed ceiling and roof rafters are painted white to reflect the light from the skylights above.

The “L” and island layout of the kitchen is my favorite layout. I also liked the light wood cabinets with off-white countertops, the stainless steel appliances and the tile backsplash. The master bedroom on the second floor at the end of the house has daylight from both the window on the end wall as well as the triple window in the dormer with views to the water. Knee-walls that blend into the sloped ceilings created  interesting interior architecture.  

 

For more information about this property, contact Mathew Hogan with The Hogans Agency, Inc. at 410-778-6858 (o) or matt@hogans.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.

Habitat Price Points: What $410,000 to $700,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $449,500 at 25165 Lovers Lane in Chestertown.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this custom-built house on Lovers Lane is nestled in a wooded lot with the Chester River close by. The light brown siding and trim and the darker brown roofing of this contemporary styled house blends well into the woods. The long roofs of the “L’ shaped house are broken by hipped roofs at each end and several dormer windows for architectural interest. One dormer window accentuates the front door below with its porch. Several skylights punctuate the roof for more light within.

I loved the openness of the main floor with its tile floor and stained wood ceilings. The stairs lead to a landing that is cut back to create a high ceiling for the dining area to contrast with the flat ceiling over the cozy seating area around the fireplace. Just beyond the living areas was a terrace with a pool.

The spacious master suite was on the main floor. The second floor rooms were all tucked under the roof eaves and I loved the variety of the ceiling planes. The large area contained bedrooms, recreation room with space for a pool table and TV room with built-in shelving made this a great retreat for children or guests.

For more information about this property, contact Grace Crockett with Doug Ashley Realtors LLC at 410-810-0010 (o), 410-708-5615 (c), or crockettgm@ymail.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. 

Design: A Home Before and After After Baby Makes Three

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I can’t think of a happier reason to plan an addition for a young couple than their planning for the first addition to their family. Spence and Kristen Stovall retained me several years ago to help them expand their first home in time for their baby’s arrival.

Spence’s grandfather was one of the founding partners of Higgins and Spencer. He built a family compound with a two story brick Colonial on the Miles River and a guest house on a separate adjoining parcel. Eventually Spence’s parents moved from the guest house to the Colonial house. After their marriage, Spence and Kristen moved into the guest house which was the size of a three-car garage. The first floor contained a living room, dining room, kitchen and bath. The second floor was partially finished with two small bedrooms and another bath.

Spence and Kristen’s priorities for the first floor expansion were to have a large kitchen with seating, a dining room to accommodate family gatherings and a workshop for Spence. The rear living room which was the width of the house would remain as-is with new French doors to replace the older sliding units. The second floor would be expanded to add two additional bedrooms, a second bath and a playroom.

The lot was a typical narrow urban lot so the only options with the Critical Area restrictions were to expand the front toward the street and widen one side of the house. The house’s footprint retained its simple geometry and the roof became the major design element with large gable walls and double windows on the sides of the house. Old and new construction were connected by a wing with shed dormers on each side. Another full length shed dormer at the rear elevation added much needed head room for expanded views to the harbor below. A new front porch was tucked under the second floor expansion facing Spence’s parents’ house for family visits.

The ground floor addition contained a large kitchen, a seating area with windows facing the harbor, an office area, storage for toys, and a dining room. Revising the “L’ shaped stair to a “T” zoned the second floor into the master suite at the rear and children/ guest rooms at the front. A large second bath with a playroom completed the second floor expansion. Enlarging the master bedroom gave Spence and Kristen much needed closet space.

The house was completed in time for the baby’s arrival and the third and fourth generations of Spencers lived happily ever after…

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.

Architect: Jennifer Martella, Wittman
Site Engineer: Rauch Engineering, Easton
Interior Design: Higgins and Spencer, St. Michaels
Contractor: Alchemy Works, Easton
Photography: Nanny Trippe, Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery, Easton

Habitat House of the Week: Wonderful Washington Avenue

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One of my favorite travel/humor writers is Bill Bryson. In his book, “The Lost Continent-Travels in Small Town America,” he returns after living in the United Kingdom for many years and sets off in his mother’s car across thirty-eight states to rediscover his native country. One of the towns to capture his interest was Chestertown.

I like to think Bill was charmed by the houses along Washington St. as much as I have been in selecting many of them for “House of the Week”. This house’s street façade has great symmetry with its first floor windows and front door windows aligned with the second floor windows and a single dormer window on each side of the hipped roof. On one side is a two story bay window projection to enhance the dining room and the bedroom above. The rear elevation has appealing architectural character with two screened porches, one off the kitchen for relaxing with that last cup of breakfast coffee and the other a second floor terrific sleeping porch with views to the rear yard.

The spacious entrance hall has an “L” shaped stair with original wood-paneled pocket doors leading to the parlor with a corner fireplace. Another pair of original wood-paneled pocket doors leads to the dining room. I loved the William Morris wallpaper in the entrance hall and the period details throughout the house. I am an avid reader and I especially liked the third floor stair landing with its wall of bookcases and a rocking chair for relaxing reading. I also can’t resist cozy bedrooms tucked under roof eaves and dormer windows as this house has.

For more information about this property, contact Lisa Raffeto with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (o), 410-708-0174 (c) or lisar@cbchesapeake.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.

Habitat Price Points: What $100,000 to $400,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $199,900 at 303 Campus Avenue in Chestertown. For many people, “there’s no place like home” better than the popular rancher design. The rooms in this rancher were generously sized and having an attached one-car garage was a plus. I liked that there was a small entrance hall with a full glass storm door to let in light.

The focal point for the large living room was a long multi-paned bow front window that spanned across most of the front of the room. The end wall contained a fireplace and space for bookcases on either side for a very pleasing living room.

The dining room had a double window at the rear and a view through the doorway to the living room bow window for additional light. The dining room was open to the large kitchen that also contained the laundry area. I liked the retro corner of the kitchen peninsula countertop with the semicircular open shelving below. My favorite room was the sunroom addition with windows on three sides for views to the rear yard that was landscaped for privacy.

 

For more information about this property, contact Doug Ashley with Doug Ashley Realtors LLC at 410-810-0010 (o), 410-708-0480 (c), or doug@dougashleyrealtors.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.

Habitat House of the Week: At Home by the 13th Hole

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If I were a golfer, this house just off the 13th hole in the Country Club Estates would be hard to resist, especially with the views to the Chester River beyond the golf course. The one-story house is connected by a breezeway to a detached garage with an apartment above for guests. The focal point of the front elevation is a large gable that extends beyond the main roof to create a porch over the front door.

The glass front door flanked by sidelights brings light into the spacious entrance hall and a wide doorway leads to the formal dining room with its beautiful wood furnishings, crystal chandelier and fireplace between two long windows. The “L” shaped kitchen beyond with its hardwood floors, off-white cabinets and peninsula bar with its contrasting countertop and stainless steel appliances was very inviting. I especially liked the peninsula bar with three different styled pendant lights and the colorful artwork at the end wall.

The kitchen blended into the informal dining area with a wet bar/butler pantry. The space then dramatically opens up to a large family room that is separated from the rear sunroom by two columns to define the boundary. The sunroom had spaces for seating and a table for breakfast at the perimeter window wall. The vista from the kitchen to the sunroom was one continuous space for a wonderful open plan.

I especially liked the beautifully decorated bedrooms. The serene master suite had a four-poster bed and light blue walls. One of the other bedrooms had golden yellow walls, red and yellow printed bedskirt and headboard with a crisp off-white coverlet.

Being an avid reader, my favorite room was the library with its deep blue walls, white woodwork and plush, comfortable seating for curling up with a favorite book. If one tired of reading the millwork also contained a TV. I also loved the mud room with its bright green cabinetry, colorful poster, finely striped wallpaper, rattan cubbies beneath a bench topped with a bright blue cushion and the white floor with alternating small and large blue squares.

 

For more information about this property, contact Stacy Kendall with Cross Street Realtors at 410-410-778-3779 (o), (443) 480-3453 (c), or stacy@csrealtors.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.

Habitat Price Points: What $701,000 to $1,000,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $995,000 at 9559 Chantilly Farm Lane in Chestertown.

The aerial shot of this property caught my eye for its very appealing site layout. The great American architect and champion of organic architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, once remarked that no house should ever be on the hill…but it should be of the hill. He would have approved of this house sitting near the top of a slight hill framed by woods. The surrounding lawn gently slopes down to the 1000 foot shoreline and sandy beach along the Chesapeake Bay. The guest house is nearer the shoreline so the sightlines from the main house are unobstructed. Fields of wildflowers and a large pond complete this serene landscape.

I was intrigued how this one-level rancher ends in a dramatic wing with a wall of bowed windows whose height gradually increases under a curved wood ceiling. I also liked the detailing of the windows and doors-the windows had awning windows below for ventilation and the glass doors had transoms above for perfect horizontal alignment. This room has a Trombe wall for passive solar energy and the stone floor, stone fireplace surround, the contemporary furnishings and unique interior architecture created a great room. The patio off the sunroom was surrounded by native grasses and other plantings

The living/dining/ kitchen area was one continuous open plan with floor to ceiling windows in the dining/living area giving views to the Bay. Basements are unusual in our area due to our high water table but this house has a wine cellar in the large basement. If I were lucky enough to be a guest, I could easily imagine relaxing with a glass of wine in the guest house near the water’s edge…

For more information about this property contact Glen Sutton with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 410-280-5600 (o), 410-507-4370 (c) , or gsutton@ttrsir.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.