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 $309,999 at 10310 Hanesville Rd.

If you are seeking a peaceful setting close to Town, this two-acre lot surrounded by mature trees would fit the bill. A large pool and surrounding expansive lawn areas offer many opportunities for family recreation. The modified Cape Cod style house has an attached two car garage, an extra garage and a shed with plenty of room for lawn and garden equipment.

The house has larger windows than you would usually find in this architectural style so the rooms are bright and sunny. I especially liked that the living and dining area spans the entire depth of the house and connects to the kitchen at the rear for one open plan. The front windows, the rear large bay window in the dining area and the kitchen windows let the sun in all day. I also appreciated that the stairwell was open on the living room side to gain indirect light from the first floor windows. The house is zoned well with a ground floor master suite and bedrooms on the second floor tucked into the roof eaves with large dormer windows.

For more information about this property, contact Grace Crockett with Doug Ashley Realtors LLC at 410-810-0010 (o), 410-708-5615 (c) 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. 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 over $1,000,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $1,250,000 at 406 River Rd. in Chestertown.

The Chester River is the scene of much activity throughout the year and this house has a front seat for all of the action. Rowing is very popular including the Washington College crew team practices, the intercollegiate crew races that begin at the house’s waterfront edge and the Chester River Rowing Club races. Washington College’s sailing team, the Chester River Yacht Club’s summer sailing program and the Chester River Regatta’s start/finish line is in front of the house at the water’s edge.

Adapting to the man-made activity are the abundant waterfowl. Geese, mallards and other migratory waterfowl rest on the lawn and have even been seen enjoying the hot tub and pool. Several species of raptor birds rest in the canopy trees along the river’s edge while the graceful blue herons preen and pose on the dock and pilings.

The second floor full length porch that runs the full length of the rear elevation is a box seat for all the river activities. The French doors on the first floor open all of the rooms to the river view. The front of the house is Dutch Colonial in style with a pleasing rhythm of dormer windows. The front planting beds are filled with hostas and ground cover for minimum maintenance.

The nautical theme is carried through in the interior furnishings and accessories. My favorite room was the gallery with the owners’ art collection lining the walls.

For more information about this property contact Nicole McKenzie with The Hogans Agency, Inc. at 410-778-6858 (o), 302-494-9256 (c) or nicolehogan1@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.

Habitat Price Points: What $401,000 to $700,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $628,000 at 128 Royston Shores Rd. in Chestertown.

This house maximizes the advantage of its site’s sloping topography to open up the water views from the house as much as possible for panoramic views of the Chester River. There is an upper deck that is accessed from the second floor bedrooms, a screened porch and a deck a few steps above the lawn on the main floor of the house. I especially liked how the ma

in floor deck didn’t need a rear railing to obstruct the view. Further down the lawn a few more steps lead to the dock.   

I also liked the front elevation with its traditional style, pleasing symmetry and color palette of light blue and white. The open plan kitchen and dining are directly behind the family room and screened porch to make these spaces the core of the house. The main floor master suite and the second floor bedrooms are very generously sized.  Recent upgrades include a new kitchen and cork floors.

For more information about this property contact Tracy Stone with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (o),443-480-0610 (c) or  tstone@cbchesapeake.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.

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 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 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 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.”

 

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $340,000 at 208 Queen Street in Chestertown.

When I first moved to the Eastern Shore, I noticed a distinctive detail on many farmhouses-the front roof eave was broken by a steeply pitched center gable that contained a decorative attic window.

This house has the same detail that greatly contributes to its curb appeal. I also liked the high crawl space with its openings in the brick exposed foundation wall for venting, the front porch’s “bird’s eye” view of the street from the enticing rocking chairs, the blue siding, contrasting crisp white trim, and the side entry stairs that maximized the seating area on the porch.

The house interior has a single run stair along the side wall so the rest of the interior space is an open plan from the front sitting room through to the large kitchen at the rear of the house. Craftsman cabinets and granite countertops await the next cook. The stair landing is enlarged to create space for homework or home accounting. I loved how the bedroom ceilings were pitched so the attic dormer window became part of the bedroom. The bathroom with its vintage fixtures completed the historic look of this charming urban house.

 

 

For more information about this property contact Sarah Dean with Cross Street Realtors at 410-778-3779 (v), 410-708-2528 (c) or sarah@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 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 $715,000 at 228 River Road in Chestertown.

First built in the 1920’s, the rancher’s style with its long, close to the ground elevations combined modernist ideas with a casual and informal lifestyle. I grew up in a basement rancher and I liked how this rancher was also nestled in a wooded setting. The angled garage adds architectural interest by breaking up the front façade. The contemporary touch of two gable roofs at each end of the rear elevation are infilled with glass for maximum views to the Chester River.  

The interior architecture is enlivened by pitched ceilings and skylights in many rooms. When you open the front door you have a direct view through the house to the river beyond.  I liked the open floor plan and how the minimal overhead cabinets in the kitchen resulted in wall space for an accent wall color instead. My favorite room was the serene minimalist bath with its free standing soaking tub by the window and the glass wall shower with an accent tile wall beyond.

For more information about this property contact Doug Ashley with Doug Ashley REALTORS LLC at 410-810-0010 or doug@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.