This thirty plus acre property with southwesterly exposure includes a two-bedroom, one bath cottage and a studio with a half bath nestled in a clearing of mature trees. The rip rapped shoreline and pier with expansive water views to Tilghman Island on the distant horizon and the Choptank River beyond offers myriad possibilities. Both the cottage and the studio have been renovated inside and outside including extra conveniences such as foam insulation in the attic and crawlspace, new well, pump, water softener, upgraded electric service with new panel, new HVAC and new septic field.
The exterior materials of the cottage have appealing texture and color with the center wing construction of concrete block painted yellow between the entry foyer and the bedroom wing, both of which are clad in white vertical board and batten. The gable ends of the main wing are also clad in white board and batten. The massing of the three-bay foyer elevation against the gable wall to the step-down offset rear wing with its dormer windows and the accent of the blue exterior doors gives this cozy cottage great charm.
Many houses built in the mid 50’s incorporated picture windows in the living room and this house’s expansive picture window is flanked by operable window units that along with the side window near the corner provide diagonal views of the landscape and water. The living room’s wood floors, brick gas fireplace surround painted white to blend into the white walls and contemporary touches of the slim granite hearth and mantel supported by wood brackets is a great backdrop for any style of furnishings. The fireplace is set into a deep wall that has a door to storage on one side and folding doors to the stack W/D on the other side.
The open plan dining-kitchen area is located opposite the living room. The dining area’s side operable window and rear picture window offer views to the landscape and its porcelain tile flooring extends into the kitchen area. The kitchen’s “U” shaped arrangement offers plenty of storage and the color palette of white Shaker styled cabinets, quartz countertops, tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances has great appeal. I especially liked how the upper cabinets extend to the underside of the ceiling and the upper ones in the center of the “U” have glass fronts.
The bath is conveniently located next to the adjacent two bedrooms and the perfect finishing touch would be a skylight for sunlight/moonlight above the tub/shower at the rear wall. The two bedrooms are “bookends” with closets in between.
The studio/guest house’s unequal side exterior walls have two windows on the short side and a large picture window on the other side that gives it a quirky appeal. The main floor room has sunlight from the dual front half-glass doors next to the wide picture window with side operable windows and another window on the side wall. A wall of closets on the opposite side wall, the bath and extra room at the end wall makes this a great guest suite. The upper floor attic area could be extra sleeping space or a studio/home office.
Unique opportunity for a move-in ready weekend family retreat with options to fit your lifestyle. Live in the cottage, relax in Adirondack chairs at the shoreline as the sun sets after your day on the water. Take your time planning your waterfront dream house surrounded by a very private 30 plus acre nature preserve in sought after Royal Oak!
For more information about this property, contact Cornelia Heckenbach at Long and Foster Real Estate Inc., 410-745-0283 (v), 410-310-1229 (c) or email@example.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”. For more photographs and pricing visit www.stmichaelsmdwaterfront.com or view the video https://youtu.be/LQNYE4bIUlY “Equal Housing Opportunity”.
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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.