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 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 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 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.

 

Spy Habitat Price Points: What over $1,000,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $1,100,000 at First Street in Oxford.

Oxford is one of my favorite towns with its allure of the Robert Morris Inn, Pope’s Tavern, the Scottish Highland Creamery and performances by the Tred Avon Players. Once again my fondness for Oxford led me to this charming cottage on Town Creek.

I liked the curb appeal very much-the waterfront setting with several mature trees, plantings, the colonial style architecture with its symmetrical elevation, well done addition and warm color palette all contribute to its charm. The house’s multiple dining areas, gourmet kitchen, study with wet bar, sunroom, sitting room with fireplace and screened porch make it ideal for relaxing with family and friends. Each of the four bedrooms has its own bath so everyone has their own private retreat. My favorite part of the house was the spacious second floor deck that is accessible from some of the bedrooms. It is a wonderful outdoor room with its “bird’s eye” views of sunsets over Town Creek.

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

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 $949,000 at 9605 Martingham Circle, St. Michaels.

After I graduated from architecture school, I spent an idyllic summer in France at the Ecole d’Art Americainnes at the Palace of Fontainebleu. Weekends were spent exploring Paris with fellow students and field trips from the great Loire Valley chateaux to Corbusier’s Ronchamp Chapel. I left with a greater appreciation for French 17th & 18th century architecture and a few pounds heavier due to those “formidable” patisseries!

What intrigued me about this house was that it was designed by an architect and it seemed to evoke houses of the American French eclectic period. Its round turret entry, arched windows and arched panel interior door panels all said “oui!

The interior has an open floor plan that connects the main sitting room, breakfast area and kitchen. I especially liked the interior architecture of the main sitting room with its floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, chamfered ceiling and the fireplace with its arched inset in the chimney framed by the chamfered ceiling. The charming dining room has a coffered ceiling and floor to ceiling windows. One of my favorite kitchen layouts is an “L” arrangements of cabinets opposite an island. This kitchen adds a “French twist” by adding an angle in the “L” to accommodate the double range that is parallel with the angled island/breakfast bar. Bon Appetit!

For more information about this property contact Carolina Barksdale with Benson and Mangold at 443-745-0417 or carolina@talbotrealestate.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 Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $469, 500 at 28867 Jasper Lane in Easton.

The Galloways Townhomes in the Cooke’s Hope neighborhood is conveniently located between Easton and Oxford. Although I am not fond of front loading garages, adding the two car garage to the ground floor gave this unit extra width and created space behind it for a spacious master suite with views to the garden.

This desirable end unit’s front elevation has great curb appeal with its craftsman decorative elements. I liked how the garage doors were painted a darker shade than the walls instead of the trim color to blend in and unify the elevation. The rear elevation has two projections that gives the terrace privacy for relaxing and enjoying the broad views to the meadow beyond.

I like houses to have a sense of entry and this townhome has an entrance hall with a dormer window so daylight can penetrate into the space. The hall opens up to a large living space with defined sitting, dining and kitchen areas. Daylight from the rear windows and another dormer in the vaulted ceiling give the space architectural character. Two other bedrooms, each with its own bath, a bonus room and large storage are on the second floor.


 

For more information about this property contact Janet Larson with Benson and Mangold at 410-310-1797 or jlarson@bensonandmangold.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 Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $194,900 at 21545 Chicken Point Rd, Tilghman Island.

This house reminds me of my current farmhouse style home. Farmhouses took advantage of single room depths with windows aligned opposite each other to maximize natural cooling breezes.

The front porch swing beckons you to linger and relax. This three bedroom two bath farmhouse has been renovated with appealing decorative touches. The barn style doors in the dining room play against the contemporary handrail at the open stairwell. The kitchen is updated and ready for the next gourmet cook.   

For more information about this property contact Rondy Alstrom with Tilghman Island Realty  at 410-886-2400 or tilghmanil@aol.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 over $1,000,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $1,295,000 at 27715 Villa Rd, Easton.

The history of this unique property dates from a 60 acre land tract sold to Wenlock Christison, a notable Quaker leader, in 1677.  He added it to another 150 acres he had acquired that was called “The Ending of Controversie”.

The house is the focal point of its 4.9 acres with mature trees and landscaping and views of the Miles River Tributary beyond.  I admired how the period details like the original staircase, fireplace mantels, and wood floors have been carefully preserved and maintained.  The kitchen, bathrooms and HVAC have been modernized without compromising the interior architectural character of the original room layout.

For more information about this property contact: Schuyler Benson with Benson and Mangold at 410-310-3251 or sbenson@bensonandmangold.com or Bob Shanahan with Shoreline Realty at 410-310-5745 or info@shorelinerealty.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 $701,000 to $1,000,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $865,000 at 105 Cherry Street in St. Michaels.

When I moved to the Eastern Shore, my first apartment was above one of the retail shops. I enjoyed my daily walks through the historic district with my beloved Sheltie as I admired the range of architectural styles of the houses. This house’s traditional color palette of white siding, red metal roof and black shutters was very appealing.

I liked the house’s commanding presence on its large corner lot and how its massing is scaled down by the hipped roofs of the house and front porch. The house has been renovated with care to preserve the historic character of the interior spaces with its many fireplaces, and details like the clawfoot tub and the Victorian style front and rear porches.

For details about this property contact Kate Koeppen  with Chesapeake Bay Real Estate Plus at 410-829-0705  or katekoeppen@lovsmre.com  

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.