Spy Habitat Price Points: What $100,000 to $400,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $279,000 at 28055 Almshouse Rd in Oxford.

Some readers have commented they would like to see more fixer-uppers, so this week I found a property that fits the bill. Fixer-uppers have always appealed to me as a homeowner and an architect since renovations are always a challenge-you never know what is lurking behind existing walls that may alter your master plan.

Talbot County has many farmhouses dating from the early 20th century that are fixer-upper candidates. I liked this farmhouse’s classic shape with its wrap-around porch and that part of the porch has been infilled to create more interior space. The kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances and laminate countertops. Further upgrades could be done later as part of a master plan.

Foundations and roofs are potential big budget renovation items but the new tin roof on this house is a plus. A buyer could then focus their attention on interior cosmetic changes to suit their tastes as one’s time and budget allows.

The site also contains several outbuildings including a garage, garden shed and large Morton building.

 

For more information about this property contact Judy Moore with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-1415 (o) 410-463-1730 (c) or jmoore@bensonandmangold.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 House of the Week: Historic Royal Oak Restoration

Every summer I negotiate the crowds and traffic in St. Michaels on my way home to Wittman. If I could live between Easton and St. Michaels, this house could convince me to move. The aerial photograph shows how the house’s site is a wonderful balance of trees, mature landscaping, lawn, and water. There is also a guest cottage and barn that have also been preserved.

I especially liked the front elevation with its two-story gable extension that created three-bay porches on both floors. Dormer windows aligned above the front door and the front window complete the symmetry of solid/open spaces for great curb appeal.

I also liked this historic house’s extensive restoration and updates. The 2/2 window pattern lets in a great deal of light, and the soft wall colors lighten the spaces even more. This cook loved the kitchen with its professional stove, island worktable in a soft slate blue color and butcher block countertop ready for holiday baking. The worktable’s accent color was a very pleasing contrast to the wall of warm arm light wood original cabinets. Period pendant lighting over the island worktable completed the blend of old and new.

Perhaps my favorite room was the recreation room with its walls of windows and transoms above to open the space to the landscape and water views. Large enough for a game of billiards, this room could easily accommodate gatherings of family and friends.  And one of my favorite details was the second-floor stair landing with its dormer window and door with a chamfered corner to fit into the sloped ceiling. A small chaise under the window would be the perfect spot to settle in with a good book and a pet or two on your lap.

 

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.”

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 over $1,000,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $1,195,000 at 27820 Waverly Rd in Easton.

It’s hard to beat the Oxford corridor as a location. For weekenders from the major metropolitan areas in the Mid-Atlantic, or full time residents, it is minutes from the 322-bypass and close to both Easton and Oxford shopping and community amenities. Unlike newer developments, Waverly is an older neighborhood with large lots, mature trees and landscaping for privacy.

The core of the house is a Dutch Colonial with wings on both sides along the Tred Avon waterfront. One of the wings is a spacious master suite with a sitting room and fireplace. The broad water views and sunsets are breathtaking from all the rear rooms.

I liked how the large living room has a wide picture window to the water view and a working fireplace. My favorite room was the large sunroom facing the water with windows on three sides for panoramic views of the Tred Avon. I could easily imagine relaxing there and watching the sunset.

The master suite on the first floor and three other bedrooms above makes this a great house for family and guests. Unlike some older houses, this floor plan works well without the need for extensive demolition. With cosmetic updates this house could become a true gem in a very desirable neighborhood.

 

 

For more information about this property contact Benson and Mangold agents Schuyler Benson at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-310-3251 (c), or sbenson@bensonandmangold.com or Laura Carney at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-310-3307 (c) or laurahcarney@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.

Spy Habitat Before and After with Jan Kirsh

HGTV’s programming such as “Love It or List It” introduced viewers to the concept of “staging” to sellers before their property went on the market. Ideas such as decluttering, touch-up painting, upgrading hardware, etc. were discussed and implemented during segments to make the property stand out to potential buyers. Little attention was paid to the landscape but savvy sellers know a house’s setting is equally important for “curb appeal.”

Landscape and garden designer Jan Kirsh understands that first impressions are critical. I have long admired Jan’s talent and I recently had an opportunity to visit one of Jan’s projects to see how she had transformed a site’s curb appeal for new clients. Jan needed to improve the gardens quickly so the property would be ready to place on the market.

Two site issues presented design challenges. The house was close to the street and sited slightly downhill from the road so making the house more visible and welcoming from the street was critical. Jan’s task was to revise and improve the existing landscaping while keeping the work effort and budget reasonable.

At her direction, Jan’s landscape crew worked quickly to remove overgrown shrubs and pruned additional shrubs and trees to open the view of the house from the street. The most dramatic change for me at the front of the house was seeing how the selective pruning of the crape myrtles revealed that had previously obscured the home’s stylish architecture.  Now the house was part of the landscape instead of being hidden behind it.

The rear yard sloped down to Peachblossom Creek and had also become overgrown. Overly large planting beds on the hillside were reduced in size and reshaped by bringing in new sod, rather than filling the space with yet more plants. This allowed the firepit area to become a focal point instead of being lost in the planting beds.

Finishing touches to the landscape included adding plants of a smaller scale to complete the foundation plantings, pulling weeds and removing the less desirable herbaceous plants. The result was a much tidier garden on a beautiful property with lots of potential for the new owners. 

Known for functional, artful four-season gardens, Jan Kirsh has worked collaboratively with clients for over 30 years to bring her unique hardscape and planting style to homes on the Eastern Shore and beyond. Ever conscious of the existing architecture and surrounding site, Kirsh’s successful garden making experience allows for dramatic results, whether she is providing a quick on site consultation, staging a home for sale or drawing a master plan.  She delights in turning her clients dreams into reality. Contact Jan at 410-745-5252 (o), 410-310-1198 (c)

A portfolio of her landscape work can be seen at her website www.jankirshstudio.com Or reach her via email at.jankirshstudio@gmail.com.

For more information about this property, contact Sharon Woodruff at Benson & Mangold Real Estate,410-770-9255 (o), 410-829-5026 (c), or swoodruff@bensonandmangold.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

 

Talbot Spy House of the Week: Lostock Farm in Bozman

Whenever I design an addition I want it to complement, not overpower the original house. That is especially true when you are dealing with expanding an older or historic house.

The original part of Lostock Farm is an 18th century two-story red brick wing with a story and a half addition that is slightly stepped and offset to respect the scale of the original brick wing. The addition’s white lap siding, wood shake roofing and dormers adds additional architectural interest. A nearby barn has space for four cars.

The house was greatly expanded with another addition. I liked how the expansion’s end gable with white lap siding echoes the original brick end wall gable. The connection between the old and new has shed dormers for greater headroom that also adds interest to this elevation. A screened porch and open porch were added for outdoor rooms with access to the pool area. The result is a very pleasing mix of massing, materials and sale.

The interior design is equally delightful. The main sitting room with its white cladded walls, white ceiling with stained wood beams forming a coffered pattern, the floor to ceiling wall of French doors with transoms above, white upholstered pieces with colorful pillows all combine to create a serene setting.

I liked the kitchen with its pitched ceiling and stained exposed roof joists, the stained pine cabinets that contrast with the island’s white cabinets, the darker countertop color and how the kitchen opens to another sitting room with a fireplace.

All of the bedrooms are charming but I particularly liked one bedroom with its dormer windows and deck overlooking the pool below. The dressing room off the bath has a period style deep soaking tub and built-in cabinets.

If this isn’t enough, Lostock Farm has 184 acres, 90 of which are tillable, 2,500 feet of waterfront, four ponds plus two separate platted inland lots and two waterfront lots.

For more information about this property, contact Kurt Petzold with Chesapeake Bay Properties at 410-820-8008 (o) 410-310-1050 (c), or kpetzold@goeaston.net “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 $700,000 to $1,000,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $899,000 at 22601 Anna May Drive in Wittman.

I live in Wittman and this house originally arrived as a pre-fab one day on the back of a truck on its way to a waterfront lot on Cummings Creek. It was a “plain vanilla” house that became “neopolitan” though the creative efforts of its current owners.

I liked how they transformed the house by first adding a front porch and a rear screened porch that changed the geometry of the original box. They also changed the house style by adding Dutch Colonial eaves at the gable end walls. Their finishing touches of new lap siding and window shutters to complete the curb appeal.

I also liked how they opened up the ground floor to create a living/dining/ kitchen area. Hardwood floors unify the space and the white cabinets and white upholstered pieces create a clean and spacious look. The dining tale is centered on three windows with views to Cummings Creek. The black wood stove and flue is a great sculptural element in the living room. The spacious rear screened porch with views to Cummings Creek is a terrific outdoor room. A great weekend retreat or full time home!

For more information about this property contact Dawn Lednum with Chesapeake Bay Real Estate Plus LLC at 410-745-6702 (o) 410-829-3603 (c) or dawnalednum@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.

Spy House of the Week: “Tred Avon Manor”: Craftsman Elegance

The Eastern Shore has been the setting for several movies such as one of my favorite romantic comedies, “Runaway Bride”. Continuing this trend, “Tred Avon Manor,” a magnificent country estate in Royal Oak, was the setting for several scenes from the movie “Jackie”.  

When I first reviewed the pictures, I thought this was a new house. I was amazed to learn the original house dates from 1800 and that its exquisite craftsmanship is due to a meticulous and thorough renovation.  

I loved the architectural character of the front elevation with its twin dual gables inset with half-moon decorative attic windows, front porch with a smaller gable to mark the front entry and end wing with a large picture window and dormer above.  

The rear elevation is equally appealing with its porch that extends almost the length of the house for expansive views to the Tred Avon river beyond.  I loved the symmetry of the end bay windows with three sets of French doors in between.  I especially appreciated that the doors were truly “French”- no vertical mullions to narrow the views from within. The end wing has a picture window and dormer that is identical to this room’s front elevation.

The interior details such as the transom windows above the paneled doors and  moldings have been carefully restored to their original splendor. I loved the contrasting design elements in the kitchen with perimeter white cabinets and contrasting dark island cabinets, the white wood beamed ceiling above the darker wood floors and the crisp contemporary cabinet hardware with period pendant fixtures were all deft touches.

The serene master bath picture made me linger to “soak” in the details such as the arched ceiling over the vanity cabinet opposite the large shower and separate soaking tub.

The guest house has the same exquisite craftsmanship and details found in the main house with its porches, gable wall and dormer window. A truly one-of-a -kind property!

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, “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 $401,000 to $700,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $569,000 at 9428 Martingham Circle in St. Michaels.

I have been a visitor to this house many times since I was the buyers’ agent for a couple who rented it for several years. I liked the curved driveway that leads to the house nestled in its wooded setting. The white exterior color palette, several gables, bay window, dormers and the front porch enlivened the front elevation of this house for great curb appeal.

The great room was the focal point of the house with its end wall fireplace flanked by tall windows with large transoms above and a pitched ceiling. An interesting detail was the wide overlook above in one wall that was open to the hall on the second floor.

My friends liked the kitchen with a large area for informal dining since they both were cooks and loved to entertain. The large screened porch off the kitchen area was the gathering spot for their parties.

The house was zoned well for family living. The master suite was on the main floor and there was another family room on the second floor which became the domain of my friends’ children. Many happy memories of visits and celebrations- a great family house in a very desirable neighborhood!

For more information about this property contact Rob Lacaze with Long & Foster Real Estate at 410-770-3600 (v) 410-310-7835 (c) or lacazerob@gmail.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Spy House of the Week: Country Living at “Rockcliff”

I rarely miss an episode of either “Masterpiece Theater” or Masterpiece Mystery” on PBS. They appeal to me not only for their terrific programming but also for the great British country manor houses featured from Agatha Christie’s home in Devon to Castle Howard, the site of “Brideshead Revisited”.

“Rockcliff”, circa 1783, reminded me of a British country manor house in its setting of over five acres with a main house, guest house, two-stall barn, tack room, fenced horse pasture and water access to the Choptank river beyond. The two-story brick main house is framed by a background of mature trees and broad lawn.

I liked how the main house has three distinct wings that telescope down to the kitchen wing. There are four fireplaces, including one in the spacious eat-in kitchen that has been updated with cabinetry and appliances while preserving the original wide-plank hardwood floors and beamed ceiling. I loved this kitchen and could easily imagine preparing a winter meal while my guests sat at the breakfast table and we all enjoyed the warmth of the fire.

A garden with a footbridge separates the main house from the one story guest house. The guest house has a deck across the full length of the house and a sunporch for views to the peaceful landscape beyond. The period furnishings complement the house and add to its charm. I especially liked the bedrooms with beamed ceilings and canopy beds. A charming rural retreat so close to Easton!

For more information about this property, contact Long and Foster Real Estate Inc. agents Cornelia Heckenbach at 410-745-0283 (v), 410-310-1229 (c) or info@corneliaheckenbach.com or Janet Freeh at 410-745-0283 (v), 410-924-0658 (c), or janet.freeh@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. 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 Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $349,500 at 312 Goldsborough St in Easton.

Dutch Colonial is another favorite architectural style of mine since I have relatives in Greene County, NY where I first observed many examples of this style. The Dutch also gave us the “double door” with the bottom half closed to keep out livestock and the upper half open to allow light and air into the interior. The gambrel roof increased both roof span and useful second floor and attic space.

I travel almost daily on Goldsborough and have long admired this house on a corner lot. The curb appeal with its exterior color palette of weathered gray shingle siding, white trim, dark green shutters and decorative attic window with its diamond pattern muntins is very appealing.

I also liked the front porch that spans the full width of the front of the house. The front door opens into a hallway with a “u” shaped stair on the exterior wall. Three small windows illuminate the hall below. A graceful arched opening leads from the hall to the dining room beyond and the arch’s sides are detailed with fluted trim work and molding that defines the spring line of the arch. Two of the first floor rooms have fireplaces with original fireplace surrounds, stained oak mantels and period light fixtures.

The second floor had been renovated to add an apartment but the kitchen could easily become a second bath for the four bedrooms. This charming house is a diamond-in-the-rough waiting for the right person to appreciate that with some TLC it could become the gem it should be.

 

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