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


This week’s feature is a property listed for $149,900 at 21657 Chicken Point Rd on Tilghman Island.

If you were seeking a starter home or a weekend getaway and didn’t mind phasing your renovations, this cottage might be the answer. The lot is on a quiet street and has a detached one-car garage. The one-story cottage has great curb appeal with its large shade tree and front screened porch. The cottage has an attic but to maximize the space you would need to modify the roof for greater headroom.

On one side of the ground floor is a bedroom, bath and a room at the rear currently used as another bedroom. On the other side is a living room, an eat-in “L” shaped kitchen and laundry/utility room. As an architect who loves renovation challenges, I couldn’t resist thinking “what if…?”

Switching the functions of some rooms would create better flow. Relocating the bath to the former laundry would give the bath a window and create a master suite at the rear. Making the kitchen a galley arrangement would create more room for cabinets and create a hall for direct access from the front of the house to the master suite. The former bath would become the laundry/utility room off this hall. The living room and dining rooms would now be at the front of the house.

The cottage has an attic but to maximize the space you would need to modify the roof for greater headroom for future bedrooms. With a little imagination and phased construction this cottage’s space plan would be transformed.

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

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