Spy House of the Week: Urban Living on High Street

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When I moved to the Eastern Shore thirteen years ago, my first home was a spacious apartment above one of the busy retail shops in St. Michaels. Since I worked from home, I enjoyed seeing the daily activity on the streets below and being able to join friends for dinner after an evening stroll.
I was attracted to this property since it is also a mixed use building. Housing above commercial spaces is the best mix of uses to have 24/7 activity in a downtown commercial district.

This building’s ground floor is occupied by an established business that would provide extra income. The three bedroom apartment on the second and third floors is as spacious as a detached single family residence. Details like the original stair balustrade and the tin ceiling have been carefully preserved.

There is also a porch on the second floor with screened panels for views of the urban landscape and the front rooms of the apartment have views of Fountain Park. A narrow passage between this building and its neighbor provides light and ventilation to the apartment rooms located on that side of the building.

 

For more information about this property, contact Richard Keaveney with Cross Street Realtors at 410-708-6470 or rdkeaveney@gmail.com.

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 $100,000 to $400,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $170,000 at 807 High Street, Chestertown.

I have always sought out fixer-uppers for my own home since most cosmetic choices like hardwood flooring, etc. can be done quickly and make a dramatic difference. I can easily imagine replacing the jalousie windows on this house with full screening to make the space more of an outdoor room.

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath fixer upper has great potential. The living room has a fireplace and there is a separate dining room as well as a kitchen-dining combo.  

 

For details about this property contact Peter Heller with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-708-3301 or pheller@cbchesapeake.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.

Design Matters: Yurts in Maryland-Who Knew? By Jennifer Martella

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Recently I co-hosted a shower for a dear friend who is getting married in early November. As she and her fiancé were opening their gifts, one of the guests asked where they were going for their honeymoon. Their surprise answer was they were going to stay in a “yurt” at the Savage River Lodge in Western Maryland and enjoy “glamping”. We further learned that “glamping” is the new buzz word for ”glamorous camping”.

I vaguely remembered from my architectural history classes that a yurt was a portable structure shaped like a small circus tent used by nomads in Mongolia and other Asian countries. After further investigation, I rediscovered the yurt’s round shape, with sloped roof rafters ending at a compression ring at the top that framed an opening to the sky.

The Savage River Lodge has eight thirty-foot diameter yurts updated with a skylight for stargazing, double layers of wall insulation behind the outer canvas wall covering, gas log fireplaces and radiant floor heating for optimum thermal comfort. The nomads laid rugs over the ground for floor covering, but the Lodge’s yurts are permanent structures with wood flooring that rest on foundations raised off the ground.

Photos by Jennifer Dobson

Each yurt has a private deck and the interior contains a sitting area, beverage center and breakfast nook, sleeping area with a king size bed and luxury linens and a private bath with an oversize shower. Room service will deliver fresh baked muffins and orange juice to your door for a private breakfast.

If you are seeking an unusual weekend getaway to enjoy the fall foliage, hiking or kayaking or want to celebrate a special occasion contact the Savage River Lodge here

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: Victorian High Style on Washington Avenue

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My goal with the House of the Week feature is to celebrate the many architectural styles to be found on the Eastern Shore. This Victorian is currently a B & B but it could easily revert to a single family residence with little modification.  

The house is located on a busy street but the site is beautifully landscaped with planting areas and lush lawns for an evening stroll. You can relax in the pavilion in the rear garden or the large porch and listen to the soothing sound of water from the decorative water feature.

The furnishings reflect the Victorian style of the house. The bay window in the main parlor is a perfect nook for the baby grand. I am an incurable romantic and could easily imagine dozing on the canopy bed in the “Jarrell” bedroom. This bedroom’s adjacent bath with its deep soaking tub is equally inviting.

Perhaps my favorite room is the spacious suite tucked under the roof with its interior architecture shaped by the steep sloped ceilings which defines the sleeping and sitting areas.

 

For more information about this property, contact Mary Carlisle with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-703-3820 or mfcarlisle@aol.com

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 $2,500,000 at 5793 Quaker Neck Landing Rd. in Chestertown.

If you are an outdoor sports enthusiast, the private pier and beach off Jarrett Creek, pool and tennis court of Kent Fields Farm’s 65 acres ( 16.76 wooded) await you.  You could also just relax in an Adirondack chair and daydream gazing at the water.  

Like many houses in Talbot County, a long entry drive flanked by trees leads to the house which has five bedrooms and 5 baths.  

For details about this property contact Jonathan Ginn with Meredith Fine Properties at 410-310-4966 or ginn@goeaston.net

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.

Design for You: Remembering Jim van Sweden by Pamela Heyne

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Oh we had fun! Jim van Sweden was one of the most delightful of collaborators, and an extremely talented and successful landscape architect.

Littlefield house addition by Pamela Heyne AIA, from Bold Romantic Gardens

I met Jim at a party in Washington in the 1970’s. He had recently started a landscape firm with Wolfgang Oehme. Wolfgang had been a successful Baltimore landscape architect with a unique naturalistic style, partly an influence from his native Germany. Jim actually had been in the city planning field, but realized he loved landscape design. At the outset of their partnership, Jim worked out of a bedroom, then the basement of his Georgetown house.

van Sweden home garden, viewed from kitchen designed by Pamela Heyne, AIA

One day Jim received a phone call from David Lilly, a board member of the Federal Reserve, saying he wanted them to design a garden for the facility. Jim said to Wolfgang, “This is our big break”. After a tough winter which killed magnolias, Jim and Wolfgang created a series of varied areas that included benches and pergolas, so that people in the neighborhood could use the garden. When the project was finished I happened to pick up a copy of The New Yorker, which reviewed the garden as “being touched by the hand of God.” Well, that was something, from the urbane New Yorker. Soon I helped design Oehme van Sweden’s office in a Georgetown commercial building. Eventually they “bought the bank”… purchasing a bank building for their offices on Capitol Hill. They would go on to design other major projects such as Battery Park City, the World War II Memorial, and the National Gallery. They obtained numerous important residential clients, such as Oprah Winfrey.

Federal Reserve Garden

The name of their style was “the new American garden” or sometimes termed “the low maintenance garden” . Jim said he hated “ditsy” landscape design, and mentioned “anyone can do spring.” They disliked neat lawns with clipped borders. Instead they created gardens that were more like meadows, big scale and colorful throughout the year. The wind was an important factor, as were water features. They had a wide palette of perennials, and made bold use of grasses…. unusual at the time. The essence of the gardens was an exuberant lushness throughout the year. However, when the gardens were first planted, clients had to be lectured (usually by the heavily accented Wolfgang) that patience was a virtue.

Jim was generous in giving architect friends such as myself interesting jobs with which to collaborate. He might suggest a type of window, or a placement in the landscape that was unusual, and made your work better. He also laughed and said some architects asked him to “cover up their mistakes!” I remodeled his home, and did several projects for one of Jim’s best friends, Jerry Littlefield. The Littlefield house and garden is shown in this article. Jim and I worked on a number of other projects together, including Evelyn Nef’s Georgetown house, known for its two story high Chagall mural in the rear garden. A particularly fun project was a pool house I designed with a curved outdoor shower covered with a trellis festooned with Jim’s choice of vine, silver lace. I always thought it would be fun to shower out of doors under plants, a la Mary Martin in South Pacific.

I put a picture of the kitchen I designed for Jim in a recent book of mine on kitchen design. Jim and I had many happy hours sitting at that table, laughing, and looking at his spectacular garden. When I met Carl Widell, a man I considered marrying, I took him over to Jim’s house one night to meet my friend, sit at that table and observe the garden with dramatic uplighting. That of course was not the only reason Carl married me. But, it didn’t hurt.

Jim passed away a few years ago. His firm carries on with capable and talented stewards. For me he is ever reaching forward, planting a delicate shoot,….and laughing.

Pamela Heyne is an architect and owner of Heyne Design on the Eastern Shore. She is author of the recent book “In Julia’s Kitchen, Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child.” She can be reached at  pam@heynedesign.com  or 410-714-9040

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Heyne, AIA
a Saint Michaels and Wash.,DC architect and
head of Heyne Design
is author of In Julia’s Kitchen, Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child

Spy House of the Week: Fellowship Hall circa 1860

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Perhaps it was my Italian ancestry that caused me to pause on a real estate website at Fellowship Hall, a manor house on 6.54 acres sheltered by towering trees. The brick Italianate style house has a dramatic three-story spiral stair as its focal point. Details like the stained-glass windows at its stairwell landing, the carved wood doors, nine fireplaces (two wood-burning), the stair balusters and original heart pine floors all evoke a pre-Civil War era of gracious living.  

I especially appreciated that the original windows had been replaced with custom made double insulated units to match the original windows. The fact that the rooms were unfurnished allowed me to focus on the beauty of the interior architecture. One vista through a doorway centered on a fireplace beyond was especially appealing. The house combines echoes of its period rooms with modern updates. I could imagine adding a table to the wide gourmet kitchen for informal dining there or on the nearby screened porch.

For more information about this property, contact Nancy McGuire with Maryland Heritage Properties at 443-480-7342 or nmguire@MDHeritage.properties.

 

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 Kent County

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $995,000 at 6858 Pentridge Lane in Chestertown.

Subdivisions can conjure up negative images of new cookie-cutter houses set on former farmland devoid of trees. This house in the Langford Farm subdivision caught my eye because of its tranquil setting. Mature landscaping gives privacy to the house, decks and pool and frames views beyond to the east fork of the Langford river.

A curved drive leads to this traditional styled house with its central story-and-a half wing flanked by smaller wings to each side. The first floor open plan, master suite on the main floor, and guest bedrooms on the second floor makes this a very liveable house.

 

 

 

For details about this property contact Reetha Arabal at Doug Ashley Realtors at 410-708-2172 or retha@dougashleyrealtors.com

 

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 Case Study: Enniskillen Road in Easton

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The Enniskillen property dates from 1880 and had been in one family for many years. The new owners wished to update the house for themselves and their seven-year old daughter as a weekend and summer retreat. They retained the design team of Atelier 11 Architects of Easton, Interior Designer Lisa Bartolomel of Washington, DC, and Landscape Designer Jan Kirsh of Bozman to collaborate with them on a major renovation that affected all three floors of the historic house.

 

The architects’ first goal was to open up the central part of the house to the waterfront. The rear den faced the water but had only one window. The den was extended and transformed with a graceful curved wall of windows with 180 degree views to the Tred Avon river. The kitchen was relocated from the front of the house to the former den to create a large space for cooking, informal dining and seating area for family relaxation.PIX #3 &# 4The architects improved circulation on the first floor in two ways.  First they took space from the rear screened porch to create a short hall that connected the entrance hall and main stair with the new kitchen area.  Skylights were added so the formal dining room would not lose daylight from the rear porch.The architects then added a porch with a door to the lawn beyond and mud room next to the relocated kitchen. The garage was extended to create a corridor from the new rear door to the front “service” door with access to a new laundry room, coat closets, other storage and the new kitchen area.

On the second floor, the master bedroom became a suite with the addition of new walk-in closets and storage. The third floor unfinished attic became the domain of the Owners’ young daughter and guests.


The pergola and pool house were also new additions.  The pool house is a “mini-house” complete with fireplace, sitting, kitchen, and loft sleeping areas. The curved outdoor shower echoes the new bowfront family room in the main house and the breakfast area in the pool house.  Interiors:  Interior Designer Lisa Bartolomel worked with the Owners to create a serene color palette of cream, dusty rose and sage green with splashes of color. The kitchen’s white cabinets, granite counters and wood floors create a bright and inviting space.

The kitchen is an integral part of the light filled informal dining and seating area that makes this space the hub of the house.Comfortable upholstered pieces are mixed with wood tables and chests throughout the house in keeping with the warm and inviting look.Landscape Design:

Jan Kirsh was fortunate to have a stunning site on the Tred Avon River with an established backdrop of mature specimen trees that had sheltered the house for over 100 years to inspire her design. She added a complex plant palette with selections to introduce native plants, texture and seasonal color. The gardens were renovated to become  “outdoor rooms” for family gatherings and entertaining friends.The flow of the gardens was designed to entice the owners and guests along the axis from the main house to the surrounding patios, the spacious pool area and broad lawn beyond to the Tred Avon River. She worked closely with the architects to firmly establish a strong visual connection between the house and pool house.

Credits:  Atelier 11 Architects, Easton, MD   Lisa Bartolomel, Washington DC   Jan Kirsh, Landscape Designer, Bozman, MD   Doug Bale of D& D Development  The property is now for sale.  For information contact Barb Watkins of Benson and  Mangold at 410-310-2021 or barc.c.watkins@gmakil.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.