Spy House of the Week: Musings on Philosophers Terrace

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There are so many architectural styles that appeal to me. Cottages and bungalows have a special appeal with their warmth of natural materials like the stone exposed foundation wall and cedar siding of this cozy cottage that is bigger than it seems.

There is a basement, master suites on the first and second floors and a spacious open plan living/dining/kitchen combo with large windows. I especially liked the dining area with its corner windows next to the fireplace. The Brazilian cherry wood floors extend into the kitchen and the white cabinets and contrasting countertops accentuate the beauty of the floor.

The second floor gable end walls and rear shed dormer creates a variety of interior architecture for the bedrooms and baths. The rear deck with its trellis and side privacy screen has plenty of space for outdoor dining and relaxing.

For more information about this property, contact Miles Norris with Select Land & Homes at 410-810-3900 (o) 410-708-5423 (c) or mnorrisselect@gmail.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 $295,000 at 207 Silver Heel Road in the Village at Chestertown.

It is easy to write about the grand million dollar estates because they usually epitomize the best of architecture, interiors and landscape. However, the median list price for houses in Chestertown is currently $289,000 so this week I searched for a house close to that range that also had great appeal.
This house offers so much for $295,000-new construction, a basement, a neighborhood with a community park and a stylish design that pays homage to architectural details found in the older houses in Chestertown’s Historic District.

I liked the second story gable with its decorative attic window over the first floor bay window, the 6/1 craftsman style windows and the front and rear porches. When you open the front door into the entrance hall, there are wonderful open vistas with French doors or windows that illuminate the spaces. The open stairwell has high windows to light up the stair landing. The wood floors, pale gray walls with accents of blue is very appealing and the blue and white theme is carried through very tastefully in the furnishings.

The open floor plan visually connects the sitting, dining and kitchen areas and I especially liked the view from the kitchen to the bay window in the sitting room with a fireplace. The spacious bedrooms have double and single windows to let light in, the baths are generous in size and the master bath has both a glass walled shower next to a soaking tub.

A wonderful affordable home in a very desirable neighborhood.

For more information about this property contact Michele Palmer with Doug Ashley REALTORS LLC at 410-810-0010 (o) 410-920-9435 (c) or michele@douglasashleyrealtors.com

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: Looking at Chestertown

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This brick one-story home is surrounded by perennial gardens and has a wonderful cottage-like feel with its cozy rooms and delightfully eclectic interiors. I liked the recessed fireplace nook in the sitting room with its slightly raised hearth and the mantel with its corbeled brick supports. The opposite wall has built-ins for books and collectibles.

Other artisan details include the chamfered corner details of the garage doors that repeat in the shape of the doorway and interior wall opening that separate the eat-in kitchen from the adjoining sitting room. The shed dormer at the rear of the house creates charming interior architecture for the bedrooms on the second floor.

I especially liked the sunroom with its many windows and views of the well-tended and colorful garden. The gazebo with its swing and the terrace with tables and umbrellas offer shade to enjoy the garden’s beauty.

The most intriguing space was the enchanting studio shed in the midst of the garden. Its pitched ceiling was decorated with political quotations and social commentary, slogans, etc. French doors on two sides open up this space to the garden.

 


For more information about this property, please contact Richard Budden with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at: (c) 443-480-1181 (h) 410-778-0561 or email: rbudden@easternshoremdre.com. More photos and info at: Eastern Shore of Maryland Real Estate.com. “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

The 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.

 

 

Spy Habitat Price Points: What over $1,000,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $1,225,000 at 6880 Pentridge Lane in Chestertown.

This custom-built house’s front elevation is very appealing with its two-story gables linked by the shed roof with its “eyebrow” window over the front door. The breezeway that links the house with the garage at a right angle to the house was a creative touch to soften the massing.

I liked the rear elevation even more with its two-story gables linked by a shed dormer. The screened porch and covered porch extend across most of the house to create wonderful outdoor rooms with expansive views to the water. Skylights bring light into the porch and master bedroom and indirectly into the dining room.

As you open the front door, I loved the dramatic vista through the house to the dining room and its focal point of the rear bay window beyond to the screened porch. The dormer window above allowed light to penetrate the space and created great architectural interest for the living and dining spaces.

I loved the blue accent walls used In the master suite. The bright blue accent wall surrounding the soaking tub accentuates the whiteness of the tub and the transparency of the glass block shower beyond.

For more information about this property, contact Liddy Campbell with Cross Street Realtors at 410-778-3779 (o), 410-708-5433 (c), or liddy@csrealtors.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: Seven Cedar Chase Court in Chestertown

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Good things come in small packages. This house appealed to me with its change in scale that starts from its one story front elevation and expands to a partial basement and second floor at the rear. The rear of the house opens up to a screened porch and deck with views to the surrounding wooded setting with views to the Chester River and a pond on the property.

The living room has French doors to the deck and a bookcase flanked by two other windows and the dining room also has French doors to the screened porch. I liked the materials in the kitchen-wood floors, white cabinets with contrasting black appliances, dark countertop and exposed stained wood ceiling rafters. The bay window over the sink offers a space for colorful plants that can be seen from the screened porch beyond.

My favorite room was the screened porch with its full screened panels that seem transparent at certain times of the day. Access to the adjacent deck creates great spaces for relaxing with family or entertaining friends.

 

For more information about this property, contact Doug Ashley with Doug Ashley Realtors LLC at 410-810-0010 (o) 40-708-0480 (c) or doug@dougashleyrealtors.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.

 

Spy Habitat Price Points: What $700,000 to $1,000,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $995,000 at 10080 Third Point Road in Chestertown.

This property is a contemporary design built in 1962. The one-story house is a mix of wood and stone exterior wall planes with large infills of glass. Gable roofs that float above the lower very low slope main roof create dramatic interior vistas to Fairlee Creek beyond from their end walls of floor to ceiling glass. All of the main rooms of the house access the  deck that runs along the rear of the house.

I liked the open floor plan of the main rooms, how the furniture arrangement instead of walls define the functions of the spaces and the mix of stained wood and painted ceilings.  

I especially liked the “table for two” by the full height glass wall in the kitchen that would be the perfect place for breakfast. The best part of this house is its height above the water. As you walk through the rooms, the water appears directly opposite your line-of-sight so you feel as if you are on a houseboat.  

For more information about this property contact Retha Arabal with Doug Ashley Realtors, LLC, 410-810-0010 (o), 410-708-2172 (c) or retha@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.

Spy House of the Week: “Wyndrush” in Chestertown

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At first glance you would think this is another historic property that has been lovingly maintained. In fact, it was built in 1987 and carefully renovated by the contractor Greg North as his own residence.

The architecture and interiors of this special property evoke the best of 18th century design. The exterior has a main entry wing and a stepped down attachment and I liked how each wing had its own symmetry. The entry wing has a five bay porch with three dormer windows above. The smaller wing has two dormer windows that align with the two windows below. The white lap siding, the combination of standing seam and wood shake roofs with copper gutters and the end wall massive red brick chimney with its two-stepped design give the house great architectural character.

The interior is equally impressive with its oak and pine floors, custom period light fixtures, paneled doors, some with forged hardware, trim and moldings and the arched firebox surround in one of the sitting rooms. An 18th century cook would have loved the kitchen with its professional chef’s stainless steel range and hood. This cook also liked the kitchen’s charm with its white cabinets and contrasting countertops, the free-standing island in a slate blue accent color and the decorative wallpaper.

By now it is no secret that I love cozy bedrooms tucked under attic roofs. This house’s bedrooms were centered in the partial height second floor so every bedroom had dormer windows and sloped ceilings to the ceiling joist line. I especially liked the bedroom that had a window in its end wall along with the two dormer windows for extra daylight.

For more information about this property, contact Nancy McGuire with Maryland Heritage Properties at 410-778-9319 (o) 443-480-7342 (c) or nmcguire@MDHeritage.properties, “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.

Spy 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 $449,000 at 109 High Street. The first thing I liked about this charming Colonial was its urban site. The brick sidewalk was elevated above the street and a grassy bank bisected with several steps to each house separated the sidewalk from cars on the street below. Views from inside the house would then be pleasant vistas of other houses across the street, not cars passing by.

I liked how the windows on the street elevation were slightly asymmetrical which added to the house’s charm. The red brick foundation, white siding, black shutters and cedar shake roofing are classic colonial materials. The gate to the side of the house beckons you to discover the rear garden where fencing and mature landscaping make the space a wonderful outdoor room to enjoy from the brick terrace.

There are several fireplaces on the main floor and the fireplace in the dining room was a delightful surprise. I am an incurable romantic and could imagine attending cozy dinner parties in the winter with warmth from the fire and candles on the table. The neutral palette ties the rooms together and I especially liked the master bath, which was larger than my guest room!


 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this property contact Tracy Stone with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (v), 443-480-0610 (c), or tstone@cbchesapeake.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity.”

 

Spy House of the Week: Victorian Pristine Perfection on Water Street

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On a recent visit to Chestertown this house caught my eye with its pristine all-white exterior palette with splashes of color from the dark shutters and the charcoal gray roof. The wrap-around porch and covered terrace are open to the side yard garden and are wonderful outdoor rooms.

I liked the many exterior details that contribute to the architectural character such as the wood siding, large windows with shutters, the graceful two story bow-front windows that face the side garden, the two story bay window on the other side of the house, wide dormers with triple windows and the decorative railing around the flat roof of the porch that matches the porch railing below.

The interior architecture with its original stained woodwork, stained stair balustrade, arched openings, bay and bow windows, window seats and the second floor stair landing that expands into a space for a writing desk give this house a charming personality.

The interior has been tastefully decorated in the Victorian style. My favorite rooms were the bowfront window walls in both the sitting room and the bedroom above, the “pink” bedroom with the bed inset into a cozy alcove for girls of all ages and the eat-in kitchen with windows on two sides with views to the garden.

For more information about this property contact Lisa Raffetto with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (v) 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.