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What's Up? with West County Real Estate: September 2012

Sep 17, 2012 11:41AM ● By Anonymous

Shady Side

Shady side

Primary structure Built: 1968
Sold For: $1,200,000
Original list Price: $1,675,000
Last sold/Price: Unavailable; land was purchased in the 1950s and has remained in the seller’s family
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Living space: 2,800 square feet
Lot size: 2 acres

Though often spectacular, unique homes come with unique selling challenges. Such was the case with this 43-year-old, mixed-style structure (what began as a rancher in the ’60s, gradually evolved into more of an open beach cottage with contemporary flairs). The home was listed and delisted in the last two years with price modifications and agent changes. After repositioning some of the marketing, including internal broker open houses with feedback from other realtors and more social/digital networking efforts, the house was purchased by a family that had been looking in this area for a while and kept coming back to this residence again and again.

Seeking a weekend and summer getaway from a busy Washington lifestyle with high-powered careers and a young family, the buyers had specific search parameters: the property needed to include a pool, be on the water (preferably deep water for boating), and offer excellent views. This home fit the bill, located just south of Annapolis and convenient to the metropolitan area, yet perfectly conveying the eclectic, outdoorsy and waterfront vibe of Shady Side. Even better, the tract of land offered a very private setting, protected by trees and foliage, yet level and expansive enough to exude a sense of openness.

Lovingly tended by the sellers, Polly Evans and Jo Smith (years ago Jo’s grandfather helped him plant the now-mature cedars that line the driveway), the home features several special elements, including windows lining rooms for stunning views, a waterfront pool with an automated cover, a lush garden, vaulted ceilings in open and airy rooms, and a long dock with a boat lift and deep water mooring on South Creek. The selling processing and settlement went smoothly with everyone knowing the home was going from one family who had loved it for so long to another that would embrace it and its relaxed lifestyle.

Already their favorite retreat, the new owners plan only a few modifications for now—refinishing floors and painting, landscaping and pool updating. A boat has already been purchased.

Berrywood

Berrywood

Primary structure Built: 1971
Sold For: $800,000
Original list Price: $849,900
Last sold/Price: 1997/$275,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Living space: 3,110 square feet
Lot size: .41 acres

On the market for nearly a year prior to a change in listing agents, this home underwent some repainting and subsequently sold within a month. As can happen with so many Annapolis homes, this Severna Park property’s appeal was more for the unique lifestyle it offers than the interior finishes. Convenient to area transportation, Berrywood is known as a very active community with several clubs, social events and organizations, as well as pools, a clubhouse, tennis courts, playground, sports fields, marina and boat ramps. This residence came with a deeded boat slip on Cattail Creek, as well as a pool and tennis bond.

In addition to the appealing neighborhood and amenities, the home offers nice touches throughout. The entryway opens to distinctive latticed wood beams overhead; a stacked stone fireplace with a heatilator anchors the living room; the family room overlooks a heated, in-ground pool; and most importantly, nearly every room offers great water views.

The new owners have begun a few updating projects on the 41-year-old home, and plan to redecorate several areas.