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.

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

This week’s feature is a property listed for $1,775,000 at 28182 Oaklands Rd. in Easton.

The houses along and off Oxford Rd are a mix of old and new, such as this house built in 2008. I liked the symmetry of the front elevation with its center wing flanked by identical one-story wings. The front porch spans between them and the front door opens into a generous entry hall.

From the u-shaped seating in the family room, the triple windows with French doors on either side open up the wall with views to the water. The large kitchen is arranged well for entertaining and I liked the adjacent informal dining area with its wide bay window with views to the water.

The master suite with its wall of windows, French doors, and coffered ceiling is a spacious retreat with tranquil views of the water. New waterfront construction, geothermal HVAC, full basement, trim and moldings-all the things this old house owner envies!

For more information about this property, contact Chuck Mangold, Jr., with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-6665 (o) 410-924-8832 (c), or mangold@bensonandmangold, “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 $701,000 to $1,000,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $895,000 at 27357 Avonbourne Ln. in the Travelers Rest neighborhood in Easton.

Travelers Rest is one of the first neighborhoods I discovered on my visits to my sister and her late husband before I moved here. My sister’s in-laws lived there and hosted many family gatherings at their waterfront property. I liked Travelers Rest’s proximity to both Easton and St. Michaels, the wooded settings of the houses, and the fact that the neighborhood had only one entry point off St. Michaels Rd. which made it very private.

This house takes advantage of its wooded setting and its vistas along the 200 feet of shoreline on the Tred Avon River. My favorite room was the family room with its pitched ceiling and skylights. The room feels very spacious due to the wide sliding door that opens a large portion of the rear wall to the screened porch and water views beyond and the side wall of windows up to the ceiling with a stone fireplace and low bookcases in between.

I liked how the kitchen window had a view to the water through the woods and how the wall of pantries replaced overhead cabinets which opened up the room. With the large screened porch, long deck and pool this would be a great place for relaxing and watching the abundant waterfowl and wildlife.

 

 

For more information about this property contact Janet Freeh at 410-745-0283 (o), 410-924-0658 (c), or janet.freeh@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 Price Points: What $401,000 to $700,000 Buys You in Talbot County

This week’s feature is a property listed for $685,000 at 21496 Island Club Rd in the Tilghman-on-Chesapeake neighborhood. This development on Tilghman Island offers a clubhouse, large pool and marina with floating dock to enjoy relaxing with family and friends

This house has great curb appeal with its site that is slightly elevated above the street, the garage wing is perpendicular to the street and the house’s massing steps down from its central two-story wing to the side one story wing. The rear yard backs up to a wooded area for privacy. Part of the rear yard is fenced so children and pets can play outdoors with minimal supervision. The owners added extensive landscaping including a small gazebo which their grandchildren have claimed as their own clubhouse.

The owners worked with the builder to add many custom touches, especially in the kitchen as they love to cook for friends and family. My favorite rooms were the four seasons room with its large floor to ceiling windows and pitched ceiling and the dining area with its large corner windows. The kitchen is the hub of this house and it is open to the dining and family room. The master suite  on the main floor and the other 4 bedrooms on the second floor are all spacious.

For more information about this property contact Benson and Mangold agents at 410-745-0720 (o): Tom Crouch at 410-310-8916 (c) or tcrouch@bensonandmangold.com, or Peggy Neviaser at 410-310-3536 (c) or peggyneviaser@gmail.com,  “Equal Housing Opportunity”. There is an open house on Saturday, November 25th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

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 $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.