What's Up? With Annapolis Real Estate
Dec 12, 2014 10:46AM
● By Lurdes Abruscato
Annapolis homes are a lot like the watercraft that dot our waters—an endless array of different looks, styles, features, and functions. But no matter how diverse, they are united by the inimitable activities, energies, and lifestyles that make up this area.
Though separated by miles, ZIP codes, and waterways, the two properties featured in this month’s What’s Up? with Real Estate prove that as different as they come, our residences can be surprisingly similar.
SUNRISE BEACH/ARDEN ON THE SEVERN
Primary Structure Built: 2005
Sold For: $1,875,000
Original List Price: $2,600,000
Last Sold/Price: 2006/$2,300,000
Living Space: 5,700 square feet
Lot Size: 1.44 acres
A spectacular estate on the shores of the Severn, this Crownsville abode is an excellent example of pricing to sell. Purchased eight years ago for $2,300,000, the house was recently listed for $2,600,000, followed by a $300,000 reduction shortly thereafter. But when the owners reduced the price from $2,300,000 to $1,900,000, it sold within a week.
The setting—a private spot on the point of the Severn River closest to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore—makes for an attractive exterior. “It’s hard to find deep water without being on a cliff on the Severn,” says listing agent Reid Buckley, but this property’s level and large lot puts it outside the flood plain, making it even more appealing for the buyers.
With 8-plus feet MLW access to the river, the home’s private dock complex includes a large slip, two boat lifts, jet ski area, power, water supply, and a large sunning platform. A long, paver walkway meanders through the yard, leading up to two patios: a covered lower-level area edged with landscaping, pillars, and stone accents, as well as an upper-level Ipe deck surrounded by clear, tempered glass for unobstructed water views.
The house’s architecture is a graceful mix of Craftsman and modern styles, with shingle, stone, and brick elements combined with unique windows, rooflines, and accents. The front door, for example, is an eight-foot, solid mahogany structure purportedly from the captain’s cabin of a cruise ship.
The well-appointed interior mimics the outdoors with simple yet sophisticated detailing. An elevator, complete with maple paneling, mirrors, and tiled inlaid flooring, accesses all three floors, including the bottom-level oversized garage. The main floor is anchored by a soaring two-story great room, with a considerable stacked-stone fireplace, walls of windows, and dark-wood trim detailing. Overhead, clerestory windows provide additional natural lighting for the space. Quarter-sawn white oak floors flow into the dining and kitchen area, which includes a step-up banquette, maple cabinets, Wolf gas range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, and multiple sinks.
The top floor includes a comfortable master suite, with walk-in and cedar closets, an en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and six-jet shower, as well as additional bedrooms with more views of the water. The lower level is completely finished with a walk-out to the outside, entertainment area, and separate workshop. The sellers didn’t have to prep the home for the market as it was in pristine condition.
Sources: Charlie & Reid Buckley (listing agents), Mr. Waterfront Team, Long & Foster, office-410-266-6880, email@example.com, www.waterfronthomes.org. Brad Kappel (buyer’s agent), Mr. Waterfront Team, Long & Foster, cell-410-212-5087, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Primary Structure Built: 2001
Sold For: $1,875,000
Original List Price: $2,395,000
Last Sold/Price: 2002/$1,825,000
Living Space: 5,100 square feet
Lot Size: .47 acres
Having purchased the dwelling 12 years ago when it was new, the sellers of this Eastport property chose to sell because it was under-utilized as a second home. As such, the residence was still in excellent condition and showcased many of its popular original features. Between its great details, central location, and excellent water access, it sold in less than 100 days after two price reductions.
The home’s setting is optimal for convenience and enjoyment. An easy walk to downtown Annapolis, it also offers 94 feet of water frontage on Back Creek, a quick gateway to the Chesapeake Bay. The property includes a deeded boat slip with 8-plus feet MLW depth, as well as access to the community marina. A tastefully landscaped yard, complete with an in-ground sprinkler system, frames a charming modern/Craftsman-inspired structure. Pillars, cedar shakes and shingles siding, and unique angled facades and windows make for dramatic curb appeal. And a flagstone patio and covered porch allow for further outdoor use.
The interior is equally dramatic, with high-end finishes and rooms positioned around views of the creek and Bay Bridge. Hickory floors flow throughout the open floor plan main level. The gourmet kitchen includes wood cabinetry in contrasting colors; a large, center island with seating, a gas range, and wine rack; and a separate dining area that flows into the great room and sunroom.Upstairs, the master suite has a pop-up tray ceiling for added effect, a separate sitting area, lavish en-suite bath, and a connected cherry-paneled office with a private porch overlooking the back yard and water. Two other bedrooms are on the top floor, while the finished lower level includes another bedroom and bath, as well as a mirrored gym and separate storage. With the home in move-in condition, the buyer plans no changes at this time.
Sources: Charlie & Reid Buckley (listing agents), Mr. Waterfront Team, Long & Foster, office-410-266-6880, email@example.com, www.waterfronthomes.org. Brad Kappel (buyer’s agent), Mr. Waterfront Team, Long & Foster, cell-410-212-5087, firstname.lastname@example.org.