The aerial of this ten-acre waterfront estate shows the main house, carriage house, guest house and pool artfully sited to create an inviting compound with breathtaking views of sunrises over the confluence of the Tred Avon River, Choptank River and Broad Creek. The shoreline has few trees for panoramic water views from the rear of the house and the front of the site is wooded for privacy. The exterior elevations of the main house caught my eye for the exceptional level of craftsmanship and the details, especially the French Country influences in the arched windows, transoms, front doors, exposed stained wood beams and the unique Eastern Shore dormer detail of a recessed shed dormer connecting two pitched dormers on either side.
The linear plan and massing are enhanced by multiple gables with transoms above, the front entry porch that extends beyond the front of the house and the master suite that extends beyond the rear of the house for a beautiful composition. The lap siding, shake siding at the gables, crisp white trim, corner boards and the weathered metal eave returns creates a serene color palette. The deep gable eaves cast delightful shadows on the siding to enliven the façades.
The floor plan is zoned very well with the porch, family room and kitchen at one end and the bedrooms at the other end. I especially liked the dramatic family room with its three gable walls that created pitched ceilings that intersect each other. Two gables have pairs of arched windows and transoms above and the fireplace gable wall has French doors to the porch. The family room fireplace shares a chimney with the porch fireplace which enables enjoyment of the porch through late fall evenings. The porch’s pitched ceiling is clad in stained wood with an arched window at the end gable for daylight to filter through for the perfect spot to sip a cup of coffee and watch the sun rise.
The “L” shaped kitchen with an island and bar stools is between the family room and the dining room for easy access. The wide arched picture window with side operable units on each side above the kitchen sink and the upper cabinets that extend to the ceiling accentuate the height of the room.
The master suite has exposed stained beams, a corner fireplace in the French country style and a four-unit window for water views that creates a restful retreat. The guest bedrooms are equally charming especially the one with a French antique bedframe and armoire. The partial second floor has an overlook to the family room below and areas for relaxing after work in the office area.
The detached garage and the guest house are detailed at the same level of craftsmanship as the main house. The guest house’s great room has comfortable seating grouped around the fireplace with a French door, sidelights, elliptical transom and side windows for sunlight and views. The bay-shaped porch beckons for dining al-fresco.
Ten acres of waterfront serenity less than two miles from St. Michaels’ amenities, exquisite craftsmanship and detailing in the main house, guest house and carriage house- “Windsong” awaits you!
For more information about this property, contact Cliff Meredith with Meredith Fine Properties at 410-822-6272 (o), 410-924-0082 (c), or firstname.lastname@example.org , “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.