Spy House of the Week: “On the Waterfront”

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On my trips to Chestertown I have noticed the newer townhome buildings on the waterfront so I thought it was time to feature an alternate choice to a detached home. This two-story unit with the amenities of a private beach, walking paths, outdoor pool with bath house that Chester River Landing offers might be the answer to a single detached house.

I liked how the one-car garage was set back from the front elevation so from one direction on the street you focused on the appealing gable front with its symmetrical arrangement of the front door and windows. There was an oval accent window in the stairwell and a front porch that spanned the full width of the house that completes the curb appeal.

The vista from the front door ended in views of windows at the sunroom wing at the rear which was my favorite room. Tall windows on two sides and a fireplace opposite one window wall would invite one to linger by the fire and watch the activity on the river. The open plan of the sunroom, dining area and kitchen with a deck for dining was the hub of the house. I liked how the third side of the kitchen had no upper cabinets and the sink was located here to visually connect the kitchen to the dining and sunroom areas.

The spacious master suite was located on the ground floor. The second floor bedrooms had the bonus room of the rear deck for an expansive “bird’s eye” view of the river.

For more information about this property, contact Liddy Campbell with Cross Street Realtors at 410-708-3779 (o), 410-708-5433 (c), 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 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.

Spy House of the Week: Cabin Fever

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If spring ever comes this year to stay I would love to spend a day at this 27 acre nature paradise. I could take nature walks through the woods on winding paths with bridges that crossed over non-tidal ponds. I could stroll along the over 1000 LF of waterfront at the mouth of Cabin John Creek or launch a boat from the pier. Other more strenuous exercise options would be swimming, boating, playing tennis-the perfect summer camp for a day for kids of all ages. When all else fails there is always sunbathing on the sandy beach.

I liked how the low elongated form of the cabin-like house nestled under the canopy of trees and how the house’s stone-faced foundation and stained wood siding blended seamlessly into the landscape. The arched walkway to the front door spanned a natural ravine and the elevated boardwalk was as invasive as possible to the natural marshlands on either side. The boardwalk leads to a deck at the water’s edge and the dock.

The stone and wood materials were carried through to the interior with the stone-faced fireplace surround, stained wood doors, ceilings and wall accents. Of course my favorite rooms were the deck at the rear of the house for dining al fresco and the large screened porch for reading a favorite book while listening to the song birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this property, contact Ashton Kelley with Gunther McClary Real Estate at 410-275-2118 (o), 410-708-8144(c) or akelleyre@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.

Spy House of the Week: Eagles Nest

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Throughout my adult life, I have always lived in houses on small lots so properties with large lots where building setbacks or Critical Area restrictions are not issues for development catch my eye. This 20 acre property that contained a new custom built home designed in the farmhouse style, guest house, detached three-car garage and a spacious pergola for “al fresco” picnics had great appeal. The main house has three stories with the third floor tucked under a steeply pitched roof.

I liked the form of the house’s base rectangle with wings projecting out from the sides. The rooms under the projecting wings were one and a half stories high so transoms were added above the windows and doors to create high pitched ceilings inside. A wrap-around porch linked both wings at the front and side of the house.

The kitchen, breakfast nook and the family room were connected to create an open plan. I liked the compact “L” shaped kitchen with the cooktop on a large polygonal island with bar stools. Windows wrapped around the corner of the ”L” for views from the kitchen sink to the landscape beyond. Behind the island was additional storage and a work space. The spacious breakfast nook with built-in seating on three sides surrounded a large table that would also be a great place for board games, especially my favorites, Clue and Scrabble.

The master suite at the rear of the house was another projecting wing so the bedroom had plenty of light from the windows and transoms and French doors led to its own deck. Guest bedrooms were located on all three floors and the second floor also had a TV room with a deck for expansive views of the property. The third floor bedroom tucked under the roof had the “bird’s eye” view of the property. Another option for guests was the charming detached guest cottage with its own front porch-perfect for Miss Scarlet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this property, contact Peter Heller with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (o), 410-708-3301 (c) or pheller@cbchesapeake.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.

Spy House of the Week: Timberpeg on Bohemia

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One of my favorite childhood toys was a set of Lincoln logs (ironically invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd). At the end of our street along a wooded ridge, there was a large log home that fascinated me. The logs had been painted black and the contrast with the white chinking was striking.

Fast forward to 1974 when Jesse Ware’s vision of homes built in the traditional manner of log home mortise and tenon joinery led to his founding of the company “Timberpeg”. As you approach this “Timberpeg” post and beam house, its exterior palette of brown and gray blends into its 8 acre serene wooded setting on the Bohemia River. I loved the rear elevation with its two wings, one with transoms above the three sets of sliding doors to a deck that spanned the length of the house for communing with nature and enjoying the river views beyond the trees. The smaller wing contained the master suite.

As you would expect, the woodwork is the star of the interiors, with a warm honey gold color in the beams, ceiling decking, door and window trim, baseboards, floors and built-ins. There is just enough drywall to balance the wood and to reflect the sunlight streaming in from the skylights. In contrast to the beautiful woodwork, the kitchen cabinets are off-white and the solid surface countertops are a light pattern with an accent stripe at the edge. I could easily imagine working at the kitchen sink and gazing out to the wooded landscape through the sliding doors to the deck.

I also loved the dining room with its high ceiling open to the second floor hall. The handrail was drywall banded with a wood beam below and a wood cap above. The gable ends of the house each had a dramatic window unit consisting of a double window whose sills rested on the baseboard with a half-moon window above. One room was an office but the views of the woods and the river would be too distracting for me until nightfall.

The other gable room was a guest bedroom with the bed flanked by two skylights in the sloped ceiling part of the room and the half-moon window unit on the end wall that created a cozy retreat for a lucky guest. The master suite wing on the ground floor had triple sliding doors to open the room to the river view from the bed. An unique and exquisite house for a nature lover who values peace and privacy-even Holmes couldn’t find any Scandal on this Bohemia…

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, “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.

Spy House of the Week: Victorian Vixen on Mill Street

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This house intrigued me for its blend of Victorian and Queen Anne historic styles. Both styles have front gabled roofs but the cross-gabled roof and the front gable with its bow shaped fascia and decorative spindlework are hallmarks of the Queen Anne style. The 2/2 windows and the full front porch are Victorian so this house is a unique hybrid. This vixen has plenty of make-up with her yellow siding, dark shutters, red trim and light gray metal roof.

I loved the front façade’s symmetry with the alignment of the windows and doors below the distinctive front gable and the simple arched trim work between the porch supports without the fretwork found in both styles. The side elevation facing the fenced garden also had architectural interest with its bay window, another porch, a pair of double windows on both the main and second floors and another entry door.

The double front door with its arched glass tops and transoms opens onto an entrance hall with a stair balustrade on the hall side. I was relieved to see that the period fireplace surround was intact, the period globe pendant lights and the beautiful hardwood floors and stained trim remained. The kitchen has been updated including a skylight for daylight and moonlight. The third floor space with its front window reminded me of my Pittsburgh house since I used my third floor as a TV room and home office area.

 

 

For more information about this property, contact Tracy Stone with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake at 410-778-0330 (o), 410-778-6500 (c) or tstone@cbchesapeake.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. 

 

Adkins Arboretum Awarded Funds by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

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Adkins Arboretum was recently awarded funding for its Native Plant Propagation Initiative by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust (SSHT). Grant funds for improvements and maintenance to the Arboretum’s nursery growing facilities have been awarded in the amount of $11,500 for the calendar year 2018. This award follows a $10,000 grant from the SSHT that funded horticultural project activities during calendar year 2017.

Begun in 2015, the Native Plant Propagation Initiative at Adkins Arboretum is an effort to broaden the selection of native plant species available to the horticultural trade by focusing on under-represented species with ornamental worthiness and important ecological benefits. This is accomplished by scouting for local populations, also known as local ecotypes, of desired native plants and following prescribed protocols to collect seeds and cuttings to propagate stock plants. GPS is used to map those located on Adkins’ grounds, which in turn helps expand the Living Collections Database. Stock plants will be planted in demonstration gardens or seed plots at Adkins, serving as a focal point for educational programs and used to produce plants. The Arboretum is sponsoring a hands-on workshop series during 2018 in which participants will learn about propagation by divisions, seeds and cuttings, as well as sustainable seed harvest and processing, while helping to produce additional plant material for the project.

Adkins Arboretum Horticultural Advisor Leslie Hunter Cario (at right).

The plants under evaluation in the project have the potential to provide numerous ecosystem benefits. As species that are native to the region, they will not pose the threat of invasiveness that is often inherent with exotic species. Through increased production in the nursery trade, and eventually distribution throughout developed landscapes, these plants can provide increased pollen and nectar sources for pollinators, as well as food or shelter for additional species that play a vital role in the food web. By promoting plants that are more tolerant of regional climate, insect and disease pressures, there will consequently be fewer pesticides needed in production or landscape maintenance than some more widely used ornamental species. In response to pressures of climate change, the identification of new regionally appropriate ornamentals will fit closely with the Arboretum’s effort to help shape more resilient communities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

Work with the Native Plant Propagation Initiative is undertaken by a core group of Adkins volunteers, along with Adkins Land Steward Kathy Thornton and Horticultural Advisor Leslie Hunter Cario. Volunteers are actively involved with plant scouting, seed collection and propagation activities, as well as researching propagation methods. Production of native plants from local ecotypes at Adkins Arboretum was presented by Cario at the American Public Garden Association’s Native Plants and Plant Conservation Symposium held in Boston in October 2017.

Originally founded as Maryland’s state arboretum in 1980, Adkins Arboretum has operated as a non-profit since 1992 and serves as a model for land management that strives to engage all people in conservation, appreciation and enjoyment of the Chesapeake region’s native landscapes through education, recreation, art and community events. Situated adjacent to Tuckahoe State Park, the Arboretum operates and maintains a visitor’s center, 400 acres of meadows, woods and wetlands, and five miles of paths under a 50-year lease with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Its diverse collection includes more than 600 trees, plants, grasses and wildflower species native to the Eastern Shore and the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847.

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust is a private foundation that supports ornamental horticulture education and research projects. Funding has been primarily directed toward projects in North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Australia, with $635,000 awarded to 44 organizations in 2017. To learn more, visit adminitrustllc.com/stanley-smith-horticultural-trust/.

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 offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Spy House of the Week: Urban Chic on High Street

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My favorite Christmas present when I was ten was a dollhouse that my mother and uncle stayed up all night Christmas Eve to finish for this future architect. I imagine that is one reason I find it impossible not be charmed by a house’s diminutive scale and this quaint urban charmer immediately caught my eye.

It also reminded me of the infill houses I designed for my urban revitalization projects. I loved the colorful street façade and mix of materials with the light gray metal roof, golden yellow siding and red accents of the shutters and front door. The front porch had a swing for interacting with neighbors on their daily walk in the best New Urbanist tradition.

The front door opens to an alcove opposite the stair with the handrail open to the living room the full width of the house. The pair of windows in the front of the living room and the fireplace on the side wall create a cozy sitting area. The adjacent dining room led to the kitchen and screened porch at the rear of the house. The warm butter yellow walls and the beautiful hardwood floors were carried through the main rooms to unify the spaces. The compact kitchen was an efficient “L” shape with a peninsula breakfast bar. The rear windows over the sink/dishwasher area and the French door brought light into the kitchen from the screened porch at the rear of the house.

The second floor master bedroom with its sleigh bed and the pair of windows at the front of the house was very charming but my favorite space was the third floor dormer room with sloped ceilings for an aerie retreat.

This urban lot is deep and the bonus is the two-story guest house at the rear complete with its own front porch-guests just may prolong their stay!

 

 

 

 

For more information about this property, contact Stacy Kendall with CS Realtors at 410-778-3779 (o),443-480-3453 (c) 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. H

Spy House of the Week: Belissima Beach House

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This house’s site, slightly elevated above the beach and framed by a background of mature trees caught my eye. I admired the sustainable design of this 3-1/2 acre site with the elevated walkway to the dock that avoided disturbing the native grasses and plantings. The house’s compact massing, wood siding and metal hipped roofs were very appealing Its southern exposure and seemingly limitless views of the Bay would make this serene setting the perfect get-a-way.

I loved the outdoor rooms of the decks on both floors, especially the ground floor covered deck with its stone fireplace for cozy sunset gatherings by the fire after an afternoon on the beach or sailing the Bay. One could also spend an afternoon sunbathing on the chaise lounges on the dock or gently rocking on the glider under the covered portion of the dock.

The wonderfully eclectic decorating including several figureheads as sculptures and the soft red, green and yellow colors in the walls and furnishings one could sink into for a lazy afternoon would make any guest want to linger. The living, dining and kitchen were open to each other for a truly great room with a large deck directly outside to extend the living space.

Several rooms had pitched ceilings including the spacious master suite with its sleeping and sitting areas including another deck. The iron bed and other antique furnishings created a serene retreat. Two club chairs were strategically placed to take advantage of the Bay views beyond the deck accessed by sliding doors in the corner of the room.

 

For more information about this property, contact Scott Lodor with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 410-280-5600 (o), 410-562-7500 (c) or slodor@ttrsir.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. 

Spy 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 $530,000 in Chestertown.

When I designed houses for my first urban revitalization project, the master plan for the historic Mechanicsville neighborhood in Knoxville, TN, was a mix of new houses on a large vacant site and infill on vacant lots in the adjoining historic neighborhood. After the construction of the infill houses was underway, one of my fellow Knox Heritage board members complimented me on the wonderful houses I was renovating. I laughed as I thanked her and explained that knowing the new construction blended seamlessly with its older neighbors was a great compliment for an architect. Today’s featured house caught my eye for the same reason-a great design that takes its inspiration from the historic houses along Queen St.

The proportions of the front elevation, the 2/2 windows, the craftsman shed roof over the front door and the bold red wall color with crisp trim had great appeal. lt is no secret by now that I love porches and this one at the rear is a cozy spot to relax overlooking the fenced back yard. I loved the kitchen with its hardwood floors, white cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and best of all, a mix of open shelves with upper cabinets. I also liked the Dutch door to the screened porch that lets the cool breezes from the porch into the kitchen. The wide wall opening in the kitchen wall to the dining room and the living/dining room which spans the entire front of the house creates a great open space. The windows in the three exterior walls of the living and dining areas make the space sunny and bright.

The master suite on the main floor and the other bedrooms on the second floor also all had windows on more than one side of the room to continue the sunny and bright feeling throughout the house.

For more information about this property contact Bob Tacher with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (o), 443-692-7325 (c) or rtacher@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.