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.

Chesapeake Real Estate Company Opening Coldwell Banker Office in Cecil County

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Chesapeake Real Estate Company, a locally owned and operated affiliate of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, announced the opening of a new regional Real Estate Center at 2525 Augustine Herman Highway in Chesapeake City effective March 1, 2018. The company, licensed to do business in Maryland and Delaware, currently owns and operates regional offices with 48 real estate agents in Chestertown and Easton.

“We are excited to grow into and with Cecil County, said Hugh Smith, Broker. “We think that the upper eastern shore is more than ready for the state-of-the-art digital marketing technologies that our company enthusiastically embraces. Our technology and training allow us to get local listings seen by more people worldwide faster than any other marketing strategy. This results in our sellers achieving the highest possible price in the shortest possible time on market.”

The new Regional Real Estate Center will be managed by Joe Zang, a top-producing veteran of 12 years in the local real estate industry. “I came to Coldwell Banker”, said Zang, “because of their investment in technology and training. I can do a better job for my clients and customers with this extraordinary level of support.”

The new facility will incorporate the latest in residential real estate office design and cutting edge technology.  Visitors to the South Village Center location will be greeted by an intelligent window storefront. This application is a groundbreaking through-glass-interactive display system that enables foot-traffic consumers to interact with content, including current real estate listings, through the storefront glass.

The “Café” interior design of the Sales Center is reflective of the modern real estate office design that is being adopted in markets around the country. While there are no private offices, there are comfortable private meeting spaces, shared agent workspaces and informal seating groups around large-screen television monitors facilitating collaboration.

“We intend our new offices as a workspace where the information age and the public can come together.” Says Smith,” It’s a space where agents and their clients can meet to review documents, close  transactions, or just chat about their  local real estate needs. We want our neighbors to just drop-by and talk real estate.”

“Brokers have done business the same way for more than 100 years. The consumer now demands that the real estate industry change. We’re bringing this change to the Upper Shore”.

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.

Adkins Arboretum Offers Landscape Design Workshop March 3

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Register for Adkins Arboretum’s Landscape Design Workshop on Sat., March 3, and learn how to transform your property into an attractive landscape with year-round interest and beauty.

Offered again by popular demand, this all-day workshop will address typical challenges of homeowners in the Chesapeake Bay region. Five experienced landscape designers and avid gardeners will lead this intensive planning session. Come with your challenges and dreams, and leave with a landscape plan, ideas and confidence to transform your home landscape for your enjoyment and pride. Workshop leaders are Jennifer Connoley, Michael Jensen, Cindy Shuart, Meredith Watters and Stephanie Wooten.

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. The fee is $105 for Arboretum members, $130 for non-members and $165 for member couples. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum is the region’s resource for native plants and education programs about nature, ecology and wildlife conservation gardening. For more information about programs, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

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.

Mid-Shore Gardening: Ruth Clausen’s Campaign for Pollinators

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In yet another example of how the Mid-Shore seems to attract some of the very best in their chosen fields for their retirement homes, horticulturist Ruth Rogers Clausen has found her way to the Delmarva after a long and distinguished career as a gardening writer, lecturer, and the horticultural editor for the highly regarded Country Living Gardener in New York City.

Raised with a love of gardening while growing up in Wales and England, Ruth has spent her entire professional life educating thousands of inspiring gardeners of the important elements of a successful garden, or, as she says, “a garden must be something beyond looking beautiful.”

And one of her primary passions is for gardeners to do everything they can to design their projects with pollinators in mind. With 35 percent of the world’s crop production requiring pollination, gardeners can do their bit by planting flowers that are specifically designed to help such pollen transporters as bees successfully complete their work.

The Spy spent a few minutes with Ruth at the Bullitt House last week in preparation of her lecture at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton on February 14 sponsored by the Adkins Arboretum to talk about this mission.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about Ruth’s lecture please go here

 

 

Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners offer Seed Swap

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Photo Credit: Rachel Rhodes

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

Many of us are gearing up for planting season by searching through the endless supply of seed catalogs that show up on our doorsteps daily. Seed prices can range greatly depending on the variety, packet size, plant species and many other factors. Inevitably, there are always a little extra in whichever packet of seeds you purchase.  The good news is that the Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners are holding two seed swaps this year. Our first seed will be held at the Kent County Public Library in Chestertown, MD. on Saturday, February 24th from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you exchange seeds and to answer any questions you may have about gardening in general. This program is in partnership with Kent County Public Libraries.

Our second seed swap and garden day will be held at the Kent Island Public Library in Stevensville, MD. on Saturday, March 17th from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you exchange seeds. You can also learn about pollinator friendly gardens or how to garden for the bay through our Bay-Wise program or ‘Ask A Master Gardener’ any gardening questions you may have. If you’ve been itching to start a garden but don’t have the space the Master Gardeners will help you sign up for a plot at the Galilee Community Garden.

Both programs are free and open to the public. Master Gardeners are volunteers who are trained by the University of Maryland Extension. Our mission is to support the University of Maryland Extension (UME) mission by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.

For more informationcall or email the University of Maryland Extension Queen Anne’s County Master Gardener Coordinator, Rachel Rhodes, at 410-758-0166 or rjrhodes@umd.edu . For further information on the Master Gardener Programor other environmentally sound practices, please visit www.extension.umd.edu/queen-annes-county or see us on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/QueenAnnesCountyMasterGardeners

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

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