Spy House of the Week: Looking at Chestertown

Share

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 House of the Week: Seven Cedar Chase Court in Chestertown

Share

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 House of the Week: The Nicholson Hunt House in Chestertown

Share

The Nicholson Hunt House, ca. 1788, anchors one corner of a quiet tree-lined street in Chestertown’s Historic District and is close to all town amenities.
The driveway on the side street leads to a four-car garage. On the lower floor, one garage bay is a room with HVAC that could be used for storage. The spacious second floor is unfinished and ready to become guest quarters, exercise room or home office.

My favorite room is the lovely wood framed sunroom at the rear of the house which is a graceful counterpoint to the brick massing of the house. Its large windows with transoms offer expansive views to the walled rear garden. The house has been meticulously restored and lovingly maintained. The high ceilings, window and door trim, chair rail and baseboard, dentil and crown molding, period light fixtures, beautiful original wood floors and 12/12 windows contribute to the house’s distinctive architectural character. I was especially impressed how closets were seamlessly inserted into the bedrooms with little impact to the layout of the rooms.

 

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 House of the Week: The House of Seven Gables

Share

This house caught my eye with its numerous gables of many sizes that gives the house its distinctive architectural character. Unlike its New England counterpart, the dark walls and white trim of this house contrast with each other for a pleasing effect.

The front porch with its rockers for relaxing and the rear screened porch are great outdoor rooms. The front door opens into a spacious entrance hall and the last two treads that wrap around the stairwell is a graceful detail. The main sitting room’s interior architecture is enhanced by the full height chimney, the dormer windows and windows on three sides of the room that fill the space with light.

The large kitchen island is a different color than the surrounding cabinetry in the room and the bay window wall surrounding the dining area is painted an accent color for additional interest. The screened porch with its pitched ceiling is a great space for warm weather dining. The master bedroom also has a pitched ceiling and the master bath with its large soaking tub next to a window with views to the woods beyond is a serene spot.

For more information about this property, contact Stacy Kendall with Cross Street Realtors at 410-778-3779 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.

Spy House of the Week: Victorian High Style on Washington Avenue

Share

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 House of the Week: On Upper Creek in Chestertown

Share

If I lived in DC and wanted a weekend getaway this house would be on my list to consider. The exterior mix of materials with its original brick Dutch Colonial cottage, its wood siding additions that telescope up in scale and the texture of the wood shake roof was very appealing. The large brick patio would be perfect for relaxing after a dip in the pool.

I liked the galley kitchen with its crisp white cabinets, farmhouse sink and stainless-steel appliances. The dining room with its book lined walls reminded me of my own dining room/library. My favorite room was the bedroom with its deep window sills that created storage below. The contrast of the brightly colored kilim rug and the white bed linen made this room a visual delight.

 

For more information about this property, contact Liddy Campbell with Cross Street Realtors at 410-778-3779 (v), 410-708-5433 ©, or liddy@csrealtors.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 trained 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 House of the Week: Pomona on the Langford Creek

Share

Having grown up in East Tennessee, I have fond memories of its rural landscape of farmhouses, barns and acres of crops.  What attracted me to this property is its original 113 acres that remain intact with pastureland, woodland, pond and waterfront along the East Fork of the Langford River.

The house dates from 1810 and its recent renovation carefully preserved its historic integrity. The front porch and rear screened porch extend the living space to the peaceful surroundings of farmland and the mature landscape.  I can imagine sitting in those sheltered spaces as I do on my own screened porch and tuning into the sounds of nature.

Thankfully this property hasn’t been carved into mini lots for maxi houses that leaves the original house stripped of its original site context.  I hope a buyer comes forward who can preserve this distinctive piece of Maryland’s Colonial past.

Location:  Chestertown, MD
List Price: $1,895,000
House Finished GSF:  3008, 5 bedrooms, 2 baths

 

Contact Information: Clint Evans, Cross Street Realtors  410-708-0630 or clint@csrealtors.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 HUD neighborhood revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio to renovate an abandoned barn into a library 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.