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 $490,000 at 7740 Country Club Lane in Chestertown.

Once again I was drawn to this subdivision for its atypical wooded lots. This house has great curb appeal with its multi-gable forms and dormer windows that break up the massing, transom windows and the mix of brick and siding materials. One gable slopes down to become a hipped roof that creates a porch for the front door. The rear of the house has a larger covered porch that leads to a deck for enjoying the privacy of the rear yard.

I loved the decorating throughout the house, especially the bold red walls. The living room had a white wainscot and white fireplace surround with deep red walls above. This wall treatment continued into the dining room with its beautiful inlaid wood furnishings. The kitchen was a very appealing eclectic blend of manufactured cabinets, warm wood wine rack and breakfast table.

My favorite room was the cozy bay window area next to the kitchen with comfortable chairs, a sinuous twig rocker, and a French door to the deck and wooded backyard.

The family room had a circular stair that led to the second floor, creating a pitched ceiling. I liked the seating area with its neutral upholstered contemporary sofa and chairs with color accents in the pillows and the patterned rug. All of the bedrooms were tucked under the roof eaves with dormer windows for cozy retreats.

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. 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 House of the Week: American Four-Square on Water Street

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On my first visit to Chestertown I took the self-guided walking tour and spent a great deal of time admiring the grand houses of Water Street. This house caught my eye since it also happens to be one of my favorite architectural styles, American Four-Square.

I loved the symmetry of the front elevation with its center door with two windows on either side, five second floor windows aligned above and three third floor dormer windows protruding from the mansard roof. The white color scheme was simply accented by dark shutters and the greenery of the landscaping surrounding the house. The deep front porch that spanned the full length of the house was traditionally detailed and its elevation above the sidewalk and the shrubbery along the front created a private outdoor room to enjoy the street activity.

The gracious entrance hall with its slight alcove at the front door widened to the dramatic side staircase connecting three floors. The transom above and the sidelights on each side of the front door let light into the interior. A wide cased opening led from the entry to the living room with its fireplace flanked by large windows. My favorite room was the dining room with its wide windows and window seat below flanked by built-in glass-fronted china cabinets and other period details like the wainscot that contributed to the house’s period charm.

 

For more information about this property ,contact Richard Budden with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (o), 443-480-1181 (c) or rbudden@easternshoremdre.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.

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 House of the Week: Sassafras Stunner

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I am always happy to celebrate another architect’s work and to find a contemporary house as stunning as this one was especially pleasing. This house’s setting on a private peninsula above the Sassafras River at Turners Creek appealed to me with its picture postcard setting, broad views to the river and the surrounding wooded Kentmore Park community.

The house’s two-story massing is centered on one gable with other gable projections on both the front and rear that descend to one-story hipped roofs at each side. At the rear, a narrow wrap around porch enlarges at the corner to create a sitting and dining area with water views. A variety of windows, doors and decorative windows opens the house to the landscape.

The interior is a multi-level delight with the living and dining areas open to the second floor seating area above. My favorite design feature was the bold cut-out stair with projections to emphasize its structural elements and painted an accent color. Like the stair, the partial wall that separated the kitchen from the dining area stepped down in different heights and echoed the paint colors of the stair.

Since the kitchen and dining areas had a pitched ceiling, added a beam to define the two areas also created recessed task lighting for the kitchen. The kitchen, complete with the Michael Graves famous teakettle design, won high marks from this cook for its minimal overhead cabinets for open vistas to the two-story living room, the woods and the water beyond.

I loved the dramatic interior architecture of the living room with its recessed light trough that uplighted the rear wall upper window wall, sculptural stair, black accents on the columns and the fireplace shaft, the sensuous curvature of the seating in front of the fireplace and the backdrop of the water beyond is just waiting for that cover of Architectural Digest!

For more information about this property, contact Chris McClary with Gunther McClary Real Estate at 410-639-2118 (o), 410-708-2614 (c) or mcclary21@hotmail.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”. Architecture by Charles Harker

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.

Habitat Price Points: What $701,000 to $1,000,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $995,000 at 14029 Riverview Lane.

The first picture that caught my eye was the sculptural element that I soon realized was a multi-story stair from the house on a bluff high above a sandy private beach on the Sassafras River.

The front elevation with its symmetry of two wings and bay windows flanking the center of the house contrasts with the rear elevation that opens up to the river with a two-story bow window wing, another bay window that echoes the wing on the front elevation, French doors to a deck and large windows.

The main floor bow window is the focal point of the living room and the seating area in front of the fireplace and millwork is oriented to the water view beyond. This cook’s favorite room was the spacious kitchen with the slate blue cabinets, white countertops, warm hardwood flooring and the large bay window. The master bedroom continues the blue and white decorating scheme and is a peaceful retreat with its floor to ceiling bay window with expansive water views.

The deck beyond the kitchen has an awning for shade and I loved the sleek minimalist railing that disappears into the lawn below for an unobstructed view of the water beyond. Any guest would prolong their stay in the spacious lower level with its terrace in the shade of the deck above, two porch swings and the beckoning hammock on the lawn for lazy summer days.

For more information about this property contact Jennifer Mobley with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate at 410-778-0330 (o), 443-350-5917 ©, or jmobley@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 $410,000 to $700,000 Buys You in Chestertown

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This week’s feature is a property listed for $667,500 at 219 Water Street #3.

With temperatures hovering at a high of 36 over the next week, I look longingly at my screened porch and my furniture covered until spring. The variety of outdoor spaces of this very desirable end unit reminded me that spring will come again. This townhome has it all – front and rear porches on the first floor, a covered deck on the second floor and a deck on the third floor open to the sky.

The vista from the front door ended at the rear of the family/dining area that spanned the width of the unit. The triple windows, French doors to the deck and the side double windows made this a sunny space overlooking the park and the Chester river beyond. The adjacent kitchen with its breakfast bar open to the dining room made this area the heart of the house.

I especially liked the second floor family room next to the covered deck with more seating where one could sit outside and enjoy broad views to the river.

If I were a guest here, I would find it hard to leave the third floor aerie with sloped ceilings tucked under the roof eaves and a private deck for watching activities on the river by day and the stars by night.

 

For more information about this property contact Mary Fielding with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (o), 410-708-4852 © , or mfielding@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.

Happy Holidays from Habitat

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After today’s post, I will be taking a few days off to celebrate being with my four siblings for Christmas-it is the first time in five years we have all been together. Habitat will resume with our $400,000-$700,000 Price Point house next Saturday.

When we launched Habitat on August 29th with the charming “Morning Glory” bungalow in Bozman, we hoped that readers would welcome this addition to the Spy. The response from readers has been overwhelming. We are so grateful to the sellers and their agents for inspiring me to write about their special homes. I am especially grateful to readers who have contacted me personally to say how much they enjoy the postings.

Instead of today’s price point, I wanted to feature a home that was decorated for the holidays. Jeff Maguire graciously shared these photographs of his historic house in Chestertown that was on the Christmas house tour. Luckily that was the weekend of the snow so enjoy this Christmas card from all of us at the Spy. In the immortal words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us everyone”.

 

Habitat House of the Week: Buckingham Farm

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One of my friends who is an equestrienne considers Buckingham Farm to be one of the most picturesque horse farms on the Eastern Shore, if not in all of Maryland. Its reputation as a prominent Thoroughbred horse breeding operation with its many stakes-placed winners is well known in equine circles.

Buckingham Farm’s 152 acres contain a range of pastoral vistas from the fringe woodlands along over 3000 linear feet of shoreline on the Chester River to fenced pasture, hayfields and a freshwater pond. In addition to the main and caretaker residences, the site contains two stall barns, a dog barn and pool house.

The main residence was built in 1940 and is accessed from a drive lined with shade trees with views to the fenced pasture. I loved the house’s distinctive architectural style with its dominant feature being a fantastic two story bay window that pours light into the built-in seating opposite the breakfast/kitchen area. There is also a cozy wood paneled den with a fireplace and comfortable overstuffed chairs. The master bedroom is a tranquil retreat with its fireplace and wall of windows to the river views.

My ancestry includes three generations of train engineers so train stations are part of my DNA. I loved the original Pennsylvania Rail Line Train Station, circa 1898, that was relocated to Buckingham Farm in 1957 and rebuilt. It is now a quaint guest cottage for lucky guests.

I firmly believe a touch of whimsy is important in one’s life and the equine topiary in two of the fields made me smile. I could imagine dozing on one of the Adirondack chairs by the river and dreaming of galloping leafy horses…

For more information about this property, contact Richard “Clint” Evans with Cross Street Realtors at 410-778-3779 (o), 410-708-0630 (c) or rce5363@yahoo.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 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 $330,000 at 212 Washington Ave.

Once again I was drawn to another of Washington Aveue’s grand homes and this one also happens to be another American Four-Square, one of my favorite house styles. Its color palette of light yellow siding, crisp white trim, center roof dormer with its decorative window and its inviting front porch that spans across the front of the house all contribute to its great curb appeal.

The depth of the porch creates plenty of space for chairs and rockers to make a charming outdoor room for relaxing. The vintage mail box is right at home on this vintage porch. There is also a deck and trellis at the rear of the house that overlooks the deep back yard. Mature trees frame the property boundaries and gives the house privacy from its neighbors.

Since the front door is at the side and not in the middle of the house, the flow through the interior rooms works well and the rooms are spacious. I liked the entrance hall with its double window and the open stair railings to the second floor. The side wall of the entry has a wide doorway with original pocket doors that is centered on the fireplace in the main parlor beyond. Another wide doorway in the parlor leads to the dining room. The high ceilings, large windows, beautiful hardwood floors and moldings evoke the era in which this grand house was built.

My favorite room was the third floor space tucked into the roof eaves with the Palladian window in the front dormer and windows at the side walls for great bird’s eye vistas of the neighborhood.

For more information about this property, contact Jim Corson with Benson and Mangold at 410-763-7461 (o), 410-310-6275 (c), or jcorson12@mac.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.