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.

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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.

Spy Habitat Price Points: What $400,000 to $700,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $537,000 at 109 Queen Street in Chestertown.

The “Banning House”, circa 1760, sits on a corner lot with its distinctive double porches facing Queen Street. The other outdoor space is a rear fenced brick terrace softened with planting beds with access to the detached garage.

The house has been renovated with careful attention to original decorative features such as the corner built-in cabinets in both the living and dining rooms and the Delft tile fireplace surround in the living room.

The large dining room could accommodate family holiday dinners with ease and the kitchen has been completely updated with stainless steel appliances and traditionally styled white cabinets that complement the historic house. A sunroom was added at the rear of the house with skylights so the original rear rooms still have daylight.

 

 

For more information about this property contact Lisa Raffetto with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-708-0174 or lisar@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.

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.

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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.