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 House of the Week: Trippe Ave Traditional

The current median list price for Talbot County is $494,500 so this week I thought it would be interesting to spotlight a house whose price point was close to the median. This house is listed at $415,000 and is located at the end of a quiet street at the edge of Easton’s Historic District.

I liked the curb appeal of this colonial style brick two-story original house and its  one-story addition that added a family room, screened porch and master suite to the main floor. A curvilinear walk with shrubbery and shaded by a large tree is a very pleasant approach to the front door with its Chippendale trim.   

The family room has a pitched ceiling and its focal point is a fireplace flanked by accent windows with diamond shaped muntins. French doors lead to the screened porch which is a wonderful outdoor room. There are hardwood floors throughout the house and the rooms are generously sized.   

The alley at the side of the house leads to a parking pad sized for two cars.  Large trees shade the patio in the rear yard that is accessed from the library and makes a perfect place to enjoy a good book!

For more information about this property, contact Traci Jordan with Exit Realty at 410-822-2152 (o) 410-310-8606 (c) or MDShoreRealEstate.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.

 

Adkins Arboretum’s Candlelit Caroling Celebration on December 9

Ring in the holiday season with an evening of music, light and merriment when Adkins Arboretum hosts its annual Candlelit Caroling Celebration on Sat., Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

At the Visitor’s Center, enjoy seasonal live music in the gallery by Chestertown performers Dovetail and Nevin Dawson, along with hors d’oeuvres and a cash wine bar. Take a candlelit walk along the woodland paths, stopping along the way to sing carols and roast marshmallows over a roaring bonfire. Join Delmarva Stargazers in the meadow to view the winter sky, and top off the evening with a winter tram ride to see light displays around the meadow. Wildlife tree decorating and a gingerbread playhouse will be of special interest to children.

Tickets for adults are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children ages 3–18 are $10, and children 2 and under are free. This event tends to sell out; please register by Tues., Dec. 5.

To reserve tickets for the Candlelit Caroling Celebration, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Terrapin Security is Habitat Choptank’s Business Partner of the Year

Habitat Choptank has named Terrapin Security as its Business Partner of the Year for 2017. Terrapin Security is a fully licensed and insured security system agency that has been securing the Eastern Shore for over a decade.

Habitat Choptank director of construction Wayne Suggs met with representatives of the company to present the honors. From L-R: Lee Coulby, Suggs, Dale Moore, and Jack Glessner.

“This award recognizes those businesses that are ongoing partners and have provided significant support to our affordable home ownership program,” explained director of construction Wayne Suggs at Habitat Choptank’s recent award dinner.  The collaboration with Terrapin Security started in 2012 when one of Habitat’s home buyer’s lost her job just weeks before the final certificate of occupancy on her new house. With the completed home sitting empty for months while the buyer searched for new employment, Terrapin Security agreed to install a security system to keep the property protected. That home buyer eventually found a new job and she bought the home. “Today she’s making her mortgage payment each month and Terrapin has continued to donate their services. We’re now 17 homes and counting.”

The company installs high quality, non-proprietary equipment which means the home owner can, but does not have to, use them for monitoring of the system. They also generously provide in-home training to the home owners after move in. “Terrapin is a committed partner who asks for nothing in return other than a small sign by the front steps of each home,” said Suggs.

For information about buying a home through Habitat Choptank, to volunteer or to make a donation, visit www.habitatchoptank.org or call 410-476-3204.  Terrapin Security can be reached by calling 410-822-6500 or going online to www.terrapinsecurity.com.

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.

Mid-Shore Gardens: The Satisfaction of Co-Design

The Adkins Arboretum hit on something quite popular when their Native Landscape Design Center started offered co-designing programs. Amateur gardeners looking for help with their projects, but also wanting to fully participate in the design process, are paired with professional landscape designers to accomplish this goal.

And that’s what Mid-Shore resident Chip Heartfield decided to do for his home in St. Michaels and began parting with designer Christina Pax, who heads up Annapolis Native Landscape Design. 

We caught with both of them recently at the Bullitt House to talk about this horticultural match and how both the home gardener and the professional designer both benefit from this new way to create something unique for Eastern Shore homes and their surroundings.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about the Adkins Native Landscape Design Center please go here

Spy Habitat: Getting Rid of Things by Pamela Heyne

Breaking up can be hard to do, even if it is just with things. But…it can be oh so worth it!

Here are various ways of breaking the grip of valuable and not so valuable things.

A quick break: Facebook is a great way to get rid of not so valuable things, especially for free. A nice lady with a van took away my Trombe wall… twenty 8’ high by 1’ diameter clear plastic tubes.

They were a part of our modern house that we bought 15 years ago. Originally filled with water, and lining a balcony, they absorbed solar heat from a bank of southern windows. I loved those glistening, Jetson-like tubes at first; but love turned to hate when one burst and flooded the ground floor. Now that they are gone, I feel liberated. We have an open balcony lined with plants, and sun cascades down into the main rooms.

Goodwill, ReStore in Easton, Treasure Cove Thrift Shop in Saint Michaels and church rummage sales will take varied donations. Staples will take those old printers, cables, and attachments. Books can be another problem. The library won’t take them anymore. However, Goodwill and The Saint Michaels Christ Church rummage sales will.

Money: Money can definitely ease the pain of a breakup. Also, if you sell your item through Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts in Easton, you will be pleased that part of the proceeds benefits Talbot Historical Society. As the name implies, they sell more than just high-end antiques. Appointments must be made, and initially emailing images of the items helps ascertain interest and value. According to store manager Dede Wood, Victorian furniture is not popular now.

However, decorative painted furniture is. Sterling silver will always sell. Silver plate in good condition and polished is popular, going for about $20 a piece. It is seasonal, selling better this time of year. Even younger customers in this area enjoy buying silver. The store shares the proceeds with the seller 50/50. If you are not up to polishing your silver (they recommend Wright’s), you can just donate to the store, and they will do it.

Many sites online can help you ascertain the value of that painting that is not to your taste. Presumably, a donor was unaware of the value of a painting donated to the Goodwill Store in Easton in 2008. Some sharp employees noticed “Flower Market” was signed Edouard-Leon Cortes. Goodwill sold the painting for $40,600 at Sotheby’s, a benefit to the mission of Goodwill.

by Kitti von Kann

We recently sold a painting in London because I had scoped out the gallery that handled the Scottish artist Anne Redpath, a distant relation of my husband, Carl Widell. For a couple of weeks, we were in limbo, because the painting was picked up, packed, and shipped from Baltimore to London so that the gallery could ascertain the work’s authenticity and condition. The painting needed some restoration which the gallery handled efficiently and reasonably.

Fortunately a buyer was waiting for it. Though we initially had mixed emotions about selling the item, in the long run, it was good we did. It was painted on board. Though protected by glass, it was in the process of deteriorating microscopically without our realizing it.

Joan Wetmore, a realtor with Meredith Fine Homes, is on the board of the historical society and is also knowledgeable about antiques. For pricing of items, she suggests www.kovels.com. For estate sales, she suggests caronnacollections@gmail.com and estatesales.net.

If your clothes are stylish enough, Frugalicious, a glamorous clothing consignment shop in the center of Easton, is there to help out. Their new sun-filled store on Washington
Street is full of tempting, well-priced treats. After all, a break up requires replacements, no?

Emotion: I inherited numerous paintings from my mother, Kitti von Kann, a noted portrait painter in Washington, DC. She painted people such as Clare Boothe Luce, and Alexander Butterfield (who revealed the existence of the taping system at the White House under Nixon). My daughters said they don’t want “all those portraits of strangers.” However, Mother also painted other subjects. I am looking into donating some to her college and finding the appropriate gallery venue. In the meantime, I enjoy seeing them populating our walls.

Pamela Heyne is an Eastern Shore architect, pam@heynedesign.com. She is author of the recent book, “In Julia’s Kitchen, Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child.”

 

ReStore Presents Big Check to Habitat Choptank

Habitat for Humanity Choptank volunteers, staff and board members celebrated a milestone at their ReStore’s seventh anniversary event.  A ceremonial check in the amount of $669,849 was revealed representing the cumulative net income the discount home improvement center has generated since it opened in October 2010.  Funds raised by the ReStore are invested into Habitat Choptank’s mission and affordable home ownership programs in Dorchester and Talbot counties.

“We couldn’t have done this without such a supportive community,” said ReStore manager Chris Smith.  It starts with the donors – businesses and organizations, contractors and individuals – who provide an inventory of donated goods that changes daily.  Then there are the customers – collectors, crafters and artists, do-it-yourself types, and landlords – looking to improve their properties.

ReStore manager Chris Smith (left, shaking hands) with George Fox, vice-president on the Habitat Choptank board of directors.

And just as important, team ReStore which includes an equally diverse volunteer corps of men and women of all different ages who help with every aspect of the store operation. Smith adds, “our volunteers support the Habitat Choptank mission, help keep good usable stuff out of the landfill, and have fun in the process. I encourage others who want to make a difference in their community to consider volunteering here.”

ReStores are resale outlets run by local Habitat affiliates.  Habitat Choptank’s ReStore accepts donated construction materials, home improvement items and furniture.  These goods are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price providing funding to the affiliate for its operating costs which represents about 5-10% of its annual budget. With this unique source of revenue, funding from contributions and grants can be invested directly into the non-profit’s program costs including building homes and preparing the homebuyers.

The Habitat Choptank ReStore, located at 8610 Commerce Drive in Easton, is open Wednesdays – Saturdays for shoppers and donations.  The store also operates two box trucks which are available to pick up larger donations with advance scheduling from around the region.

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has made home ownership possible for 75 families and currently partners with 12 local home buyers. Seven homes are under construction at this time with plans to start at least six more over the coming year. Income qualifying home buyers are offered access to affordable mortgage financing in order to purchase a new construction or rehabbed home from the nonprofit’s project inventory.  After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, these individuals and families will purchase homes that they helped construct and assume the full responsibilities of home ownership including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying their mortgage over 30 to 33 years. Habitat accepts applications for its home ownership program throughout the year.

For more information about the Habitat Choptank ReStore, to volunteer with the store or to inquire about making a donation, call 410-820-6186, email restore@habitatchoptank.org or visit www.HabitatChoptank.org.

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.