Habitat House of the Week: Tilghman-on-Chesapeake Charmer

This house’s design responded very well to its waterfront site on the Choptank River. The rear elevation that faces the panoramic water views has a sunroom with windows on three sides and French doors from the family room to a large deck with its perimeter seat for soaking in the sun and the water view. The front elevation has great curb appeal with its soft blue cedar siding, crisp white trim, multiple gables and a variety of windows-dormer windows, bay window, corner windows and a decorative accent window at the front entry gable.

The centrally located family room’s pitched ceiling was open to the second floor and the high windows on the rear wall over each pair of French doors created water views from the staircase to the second floor. The family room, kitchen and breakfast were connected for easy flow and each room had water views. The charming dining room had a large bay window as its focal point. The second floor bedrooms had slightly angled ceilings and nooks under each dormer window for restful retreats and the most charming one was the bedroom with the four-poster bed.

My favorite room was the large sunroom that was parallel to the water’s edge and was generously sized to accommodate both seating and comfortable chairs. This room and the adjacent large deck would be perfect spaces for spending a languid Sunday afternoon watching the boats on the river.

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 $410,000 to $700,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $455,500 at 10922 Cordova Rd.

This is not the first time I have been drawn to houses that have elements of the Dutch colonial style. I can’t resist the gambrel roof shape that evokes barns in rural landscapes such as this house’s country setting. The deep wrap-around porch is a wonderful outdoor room and covers 50% of the house’s perimeter. There is also a pergola with seating below that is the perfect spot for a picnic after a dip in the above ground pool.

I liked how the front door separates the large living room into a seating area on one side with a full width bay window opposite the fireplace, and a TV area with more seating on the other side. A half-wall to the kitchen and eating area continues the open plan.

The master bedroom at the corner of the house has windows on both sides for light and views and has plenty of room for sleeping and sitting areas. The master closet is really a dressing room with its walls of built in storage, a large window and seating.

For more information about this property contact Barb Watkins with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-310-2021 (c), or barb.c.watkins@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 House of the Week: From B&B to Private Residence

I have several friends who live on Ray’s Point Road in St. Michaels and this residence used to be a popular B&B before the previous owners retired. The four acre property would make a wonderful family compound with its main house, one-bedroom guest house and one bedroom carriage house with views of San Domingo Creek. A one acre paddock with a small barn, a spacious dock, large pool and recreation room on the carriage house ground floor offer a variety of outdoor activities.

The TV room with its large windows and window seat with views to the water, the fireplace and TV above and the comfortable furnishings created a cozy area for relaxing. The second floor master bedroom with its corner fireplace and private deck overlooking the water was a tranquil retreat. The master bath was also very appealing with its lavatory furniture, skylight and seat under the octagonal decorative window, separate tub and large shower.

My favorite space was the charming guest cottage with a front porch and large sunroom. The ground floor was a spacious open plan divided into living, dining and kitchen areas and the cozy bedroom was tucked under the roof eaves above. The carriage house had a large room with bunk beds that would sleep six for great slumber parties after an evening of games in the recreation room below.

 

For more information about this property, contact Cliff Meredith with Meredith Fine Properties at 410-822-6272 (o), 410-924-0082 (c), or mre@goeaston.net.4

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 Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $324,827 at 29823 Peirce Way in Easton Club East, an adult development conveniently located off Dutchman’s Lane.

I am sports challenged but I was impressed by the outdoor and indoor amenities available to residents including tennis, golf, a pool, clubhouse, fitness room and recreation room. The houses are built on a slab so their curb appeal is different from a house with a conventionally built crawl space; however, the advantage of a slab on grade foundation is accessibility so a homeowner can age-in place.  

This “Wittman” model has a welcoming central entrance hall with French doors leading to a living room on one side that is currently used as a home office.  On the opposite side of the entrance hall, the wall opens up to the dining room. I liked how the flow from the dining room, kitchen/breakfast area to the family room and rear sunroom was through wide cased openings instead of single doors. The family room’s corner fireplace opened up the side walls for vistas to the sunroom’s windows to the lawn beyond and to the large double windows of the breakfast area.


For more information about this property, contact Christie Bishop with Benson and Mangold Real Estate at 410-770-9255 (o), 410-829-2781 (c) or info@cbishoprealtor.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: Arts & Crafts Gem in Diamond Hall Subdivision

Our irregular shoreline along the Bay and its inlets creates many building lots that are promontories into the water like this house’s site. I liked how the house nestled into its wooded setting and responded to the shoreline with its angled form and wings that reach out to take advantage of the panoramic water views. Several decks, a terrace and the screened porch on the three water oriented exterior elevations extend the living space. The screened porch was my favorite outdoor room with its high pitched ceiling that sprang from the angled walls along the perimeter.

I liked the Arts & Crafts detailing beginning at the entrance hall. A partial vestibule defined by two decorative columns led to the entrance hall and to the main rooms. It was refreshing to see a strong color, here a warm caramel, on the walls with crisp white trim, picture molding, crown molding and the wall color continued into the living and dining rooms.

I loved the spacious living room with its wall of windows, fireplace flanked by millwork and especially the coffered ceiling with the caramel color on the ceiling plane. The slate blue trim in the dining room was a pleasant surprise and the generous room size could easily accommodate large family gatherings.

The long galley kitchen with bar stools along one side separated the cooking area from the informal dining area surrounded by windows. At the other end of the kitchen was an inglenook with a fireplace and comfortable seating for a wonderful family space.

The spacious master suite on the ground floor was very appealing but I loved the second floor bedrooms more. Both bedrooms had deep wall colors that accentuated the interior architecture created by the sloped roof and created cozy areas for sweet dreams.

For more information about this property contact Janet Larson with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-6665 (o), 410-310-1797 (c) or jlarson@bensonandmangold.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 $701,000 to $1,000,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $949,000 on River Road in Newcomb.

As an architect, I always enjoy featuring a house that has been designed by an another architect or designer. This house began as a rancher that the current owners transformed over the years with additions and renovations to both the house and the landscape.

The front of the house is a pleasing composition of the existing detached garage with its deep green walls and the house with its off-white lap siding with a projecting front wing clad in off-white vertical battens. The bright red door and copper roofed cupola also add architectural interest. I especially liked the rear elevation that faces Oak Creek with the deep green wing and garage as bookends to the off-white walls of the rest of the house. The vertical battened gable wing projection full of windows with transoms and a 12 x 36/ foot porch was a deft solid/void architectural touch.

I liked the spacious living room with its wall of glass doors to the porch, the fireplace and millwork for the TV, books and collections and the hardwood floors. The furnishings were a wonderful eclectic blend of modern and warm wood antique accents. A wide opening in the side wall connected the living room to the adjacent dining room and the kitchen offset from the dining room continues the open plan.

The master bedroom and the large family/multi-purpose room that is currently an office have pitched ceilings for architectural interest. The spacious master bedroom was my favorite room with its bay window complete with window seat for water views.

The landscape was carefully designed for bees and other pollinators with seasonal plantings including the summer blooms along the waterfront porch that my British friends would approve as the perfect herbaceous border!

 

For more information about this property contact Chris Young with Benson and Mangold at 410-770-9255 (o), 410-310-4278 (c) or cyoung21663@gmail.com , “Equal Housing Opportunity”.Design by East Bay Construction Services LLC, 410-745-0644, eastbay@atlanticbb.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.

Spy Habitat Price Points: What $410,000 to $700,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $549,000 at 23583 St. Michaels Rd. in St. Michaels.

On my daily commute through St. Michaels I pass by this house and was attracted to its charming cottage style and its waterfront site. I loved the bay extensions on each floor that are the full width of the rooms within- one a sitting room on the ground floor and the other the master bedroom sitting area above.

The variated hardwood flooring throughout the house was a deft touch that unified the open floor plan. Triple French doors lead from the deck off the family room to a terrace paved with large mortared stones. Its free-form shape becomes part of the serene landscape with its westerly views and living shoreline along Harris Creek.

I liked how the triple windows, the bay windows and the long windows filled the rooms with light. The kitchen’s warm gray cabinets blended with the stainless steel appliances for a seamless look and the breakfast bar connected the kitchen to the dining room. The contemporary furnishings throughout the house were scaled very well for each space. My favorite room was the master suite with its sitting area surrounded by the full-height bay window, the gas fireplace and the bath with a separate shower and tub.

For more information about this property contact Cornelia Heckenbach with Long and Foster Real Estate at 410-745-9283 (o), 410-310-1229 (c) or info@corneliaheckenbach.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: Custom Coastal on Tilghman Island

I rarely find contemporary houses to feature so I was thrilled to find this new listing on Tilghman Island. The owners graciously gave me a tour of the house and I was very impressed to learn they had created the floor plan and the beautiful interiors themselves with minimum professional help.

They wanted to maximize the Bay views so a “coastal” style house with the bedrooms on the first floor and the living, dining and kitchen areas on the second floor was the perfect solution. The exterior massing is very pleasing with its compact building footprint and a variety of porches, balconies, a rear deck and a third floor tower room that punches through the roof.

When you open the front door the vista to the rear of the house ends at a pair of French doors with the view to Bay beyond. An open stair leads to the second floor and I loved how the living room flowed to the kitchen and around to the dining area in one seamless space. Textured accent walls of warm gray slate rose up to the 10 foot ceilings and the living room fireplace was flanked by two pairs of French doors that led to the deck for a continuous flow. A dormer window above the chimney was a great detail to add unexpected light onto the textured slate chimney.

This serious cook envied the beautiful galley kitchen with Viking appliances, white cabinets, contemporary hardware, dark countertops with tiled backsplash and the contrasting white marble island countertop with black chairs. The dining area led to a deck which is the perfect spot to watch sunsets over the Bay.

It was easy to linger on the second floor with its comfortable seating area grouped around the fireplace but the best was yet to come The third floor tower room was a true delight with windows on three sides, craftsman vertical batten wainscot and a balcony for star gazing.

For more information about this property, contact Rondy Alstrom with Tilghman Island Realty at 410-886-2400 (o), 410-829-3972 (c), or tilghmanil@aol.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 Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $325,000 at 605 Elwood Ave. in Easton.

Easton has several older in-town neighborhoods that have great appeal for their convenience to Town amenities, affordable homes with mature trees for shade and alley access. This brick rancher caught my eye since it reminded me of the house I grew up in.

The open kitchen, breakfast area and family room with French doors to the deck and rear yard are the hub of the house. I must confess even though I have designed large kitchens for many clients, I prefer smaller kitchens like this one with its very functional “L” shape and island arrangement. The flow from this area to the living room, dining area and the sunroom beyond worked very well.

The living and dining area was my favorite room with the stairs open to the living room to expand the space, cozy furnishings grouped around the fireplace and details like the corner cabinet for family mementoes. I especially liked the neutral color palette of the living, dining and family rooms with their splashes of color in the upholstery and warm wood accents in the furnishings.

The deck off the family room opens to the large fenced rear yard with plenty of shade trees and one tree has a swing for kids of all ages!

For more information about this property, contact Brain Petzold with Chesapeake Bay Properties at 410-820-8008 (o), 410-725-6852 (c), or brianpetzold@hotmail.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: Longwoods

The little red schoolhouse is a beloved landmark in the Longwoods area and close by is this charming farmhouse, circa 1890, updated with modern conveniences. The site also contains several outbuildings including a small barn, playhouse cabin and storage sheds. The house and the outbuildings are surrounded by many mature trees that offer shade and privacy from the road.

The front elevation is very appealing with its light yellow siding and white trim. The detailing is a mix of Victorian with its 2/2 windows, railing spindles with a splash of Craftsman in the bracketed open gable over the center of the front elevation.

I loved the wrap-around porch that is open at the front and screened at the side to expand the living space. This was my favorite room with its rockers, swing, and a table and chairs for dining.  I could easily imagine spending a lazy summer Sunday in the screened porch with the NY Times and my cats on my lap.

The antique wood mantel which is the focal point of the parlor, the antique chandelier over the dining room table and the beautiful pine floors are part of an outstanding restoration that preserved the best of this house’s past.

 

For more information about this property, contact Bob Shanahan with Shoreline Realty, Inc,  at 410-822-7556 (o) 410-310-5745 (c) or bob@shorelinerealty.biz, “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.