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.

Adkins Arboretum’s Candlelit Caroling Celebration on December 9

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Ring in the holiday season with an evening of music, light and merriment when Adkins Arboretum hosts its annual Candlelit Caroling Celebration on Sat., Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

At the Visitor’s Center, enjoy seasonal live music in the gallery by Chestertown performers Dovetail and Nevin Dawson, along with hors d’oeuvres and a cash wine bar. Take a candlelit walk along the woodland paths, stopping along the way to sing carols and roast marshmallows over a roaring bonfire. Join Delmarva Stargazers in the meadow to view the winter sky, and top off the evening with a winter tram ride to see light displays around the meadow. Wildlife tree decorating and a gingerbread playhouse will be of special interest to children.

Tickets for adults are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children ages 3–18 are $10, and children 2 and under are free. This event tends to sell out; please register by Tues., Dec. 5.

To reserve tickets for the Candlelit Caroling Celebration, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Mid-Shore Gardens: The Satisfaction of Co-Design

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The Adkins Arboretum hit on something quite popular when their Native Landscape Design Center started offered co-designing programs. Amateur gardeners looking for help with their projects, but also wanting to fully participate in the design process, are paired with professional landscape designers to accomplish this goal.

And that’s what Mid-Shore resident Chip Heartfield decided to do for his home in St. Michaels and began parting with designer Christina Pax, who heads up Annapolis Native Landscape Design. 

We caught with both of them recently at the Bullitt House to talk about this horticultural match and how both the home gardener and the professional designer both benefit from this new way to create something unique for Eastern Shore homes and their surroundings.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about the Adkins Native Landscape Design Center please go here

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 Habitat: Getting Rid of Things by Pamela Heyne

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Breaking up can be hard to do, even if it is just with things. But…it can be oh so worth it!

Here are various ways of breaking the grip of valuable and not so valuable things.

A quick break: Facebook is a great way to get rid of not so valuable things, especially for free. A nice lady with a van took away my Trombe wall… twenty 8’ high by 1’ diameter clear plastic tubes.

They were a part of our modern house that we bought 15 years ago. Originally filled with water, and lining a balcony, they absorbed solar heat from a bank of southern windows. I loved those glistening, Jetson-like tubes at first; but love turned to hate when one burst and flooded the ground floor. Now that they are gone, I feel liberated. We have an open balcony lined with plants, and sun cascades down into the main rooms.

Goodwill, ReStore in Easton, Treasure Cove Thrift Shop in Saint Michaels and church rummage sales will take varied donations. Staples will take those old printers, cables, and attachments. Books can be another problem. The library won’t take them anymore. However, Goodwill and The Saint Michaels Christ Church rummage sales will.

Money: Money can definitely ease the pain of a breakup. Also, if you sell your item through Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts in Easton, you will be pleased that part of the proceeds benefits Talbot Historical Society. As the name implies, they sell more than just high-end antiques. Appointments must be made, and initially emailing images of the items helps ascertain interest and value. According to store manager Dede Wood, Victorian furniture is not popular now.

However, decorative painted furniture is. Sterling silver will always sell. Silver plate in good condition and polished is popular, going for about $20 a piece. It is seasonal, selling better this time of year. Even younger customers in this area enjoy buying silver. The store shares the proceeds with the seller 50/50. If you are not up to polishing your silver (they recommend Wright’s), you can just donate to the store, and they will do it.

Many sites online can help you ascertain the value of that painting that is not to your taste. Presumably, a donor was unaware of the value of a painting donated to the Goodwill Store in Easton in 2008. Some sharp employees noticed “Flower Market” was signed Edouard-Leon Cortes. Goodwill sold the painting for $40,600 at Sotheby’s, a benefit to the mission of Goodwill.

by Kitti von Kann

We recently sold a painting in London because I had scoped out the gallery that handled the Scottish artist Anne Redpath, a distant relation of my husband, Carl Widell. For a couple of weeks, we were in limbo, because the painting was picked up, packed, and shipped from Baltimore to London so that the gallery could ascertain the work’s authenticity and condition. The painting needed some restoration which the gallery handled efficiently and reasonably.

Fortunately a buyer was waiting for it. Though we initially had mixed emotions about selling the item, in the long run, it was good we did. It was painted on board. Though protected by glass, it was in the process of deteriorating microscopically without our realizing it.

Joan Wetmore, a realtor with Meredith Fine Homes, is on the board of the historical society and is also knowledgeable about antiques. For pricing of items, she suggests www.kovels.com. For estate sales, she suggests caronnacollections@gmail.com and estatesales.net.

If your clothes are stylish enough, Frugalicious, a glamorous clothing consignment shop in the center of Easton, is there to help out. Their new sun-filled store on Washington
Street is full of tempting, well-priced treats. After all, a break up requires replacements, no?

Emotion: I inherited numerous paintings from my mother, Kitti von Kann, a noted portrait painter in Washington, DC. She painted people such as Clare Boothe Luce, and Alexander Butterfield (who revealed the existence of the taping system at the White House under Nixon). My daughters said they don’t want “all those portraits of strangers.” However, Mother also painted other subjects. I am looking into donating some to her college and finding the appropriate gallery venue. In the meantime, I enjoy seeing them populating our walls.

Pamela Heyne is an Eastern Shore architect, pam@heynedesign.com. She is author of the recent book, “In Julia’s Kitchen, Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child.”

 

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.

Adkins Arboretum Hosts Magic in the Meadow Gala

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Howard and Mary McCoy of Centreville arrive at Adkins Arboretum’s Magic in the Meadow gala.

Perfect weather and delightful company made for an enchanted evening when Adkins Arboretum hosted its Magic in the Meadow gala on Sat., Sept. 23. Featuring a live auction, hoop dancing by Baltimore performance artist Melissa Newman, world-class jazz by the Peter Revell Band and sumptuous food by Peach Blossoms Events, the event brought both new and old friends together to garner support for the Arboretum’s education programs that promote the conservation and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay region’s native landscapes.

Next year’s gala is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 22. Mark your calendar, and join us for this wonderful evening!

Magic in the Meadow was sponsored in part by Unity Landscape Design/Build, Shore United Bank, Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Warrington Builders, Accounting Strategy Group, Joanne Shipley Graphic Design, Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner, PC, Delmarva Business Network, Piazza Italian Market, St. Michaels Fine Woodworking and numerous private sponsors.

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.