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What's Up? With Real Estate: Anne Arundel County December 2016

Dec 13, 2016 12:27PM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Lisa A. Lewis

A highly sought-after location, Annapolis not only offers beautiful homes but also a wealth of amenities and an amazing, upscale lifestyle. In this issue of What’s Up? with Annapolis Real Estate, we profile two extraordinary properties that clearly demonstrate why so many prospective homeowners choose to buy a home in the capital city.


Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

Primary Structure Built: 1965
Sold For: $995,000
Original List Price: $995,000
Last Sold/Price: $430,000 (1993)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half
Living Space: 5,200 sq. ft.
Lot Size: .46 acres

Located in the highly coveted community of Anchorage on a quiet cul-de-sac on protected Lake Ogleton, this three-level colonial home is an absolute gem. Boasting stunning water views from every level, the beautifully updated home offers a peaceful lifestyle on the water and amazing amenities that create an atmosphere of absolute luxury. The property, which was listed on May 17th, 2016, closed on July 7th, 2016.
The exquisite waterfront home, which features an open floor plan, includes a family room with a spectacular two-story wall of glass that overlooks the water and offers breathtaking views. The walk-out lower level features a home office (or a mother-in-law suite) with a full bath, a bedroom, and a large sitting room. And, of course, a home situated in such a beautiful setting simply would not be complete without amazing exterior features to complement the luxurious interior living spaces and maximize the views. The large waterside deck, which is perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing, is surrounded by a lovely professionally landscaped garden with a hand-laid rock pathway that leads to a private pier with a deep-water slip and a lift for a watercraft.

In addition to the home’s amazing amenities, the water-privileged community of Anchorage also features a marina and a swim club.

“This home was enlarged and updated in the late 1990s to include a gorgeous great room with a wall of windows overlooking the wooded, landscaped lot to Lake Ogleton,” says Milissa Alonso, the buyer’s agent for the property. “The dock lies in a protected cove, yet it is only minutes to the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay.”

Sources: Joe Wallman (listing agent), Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, 410-266-0600 (office), 410-253-9267 (cell),,,  Buyer’s agent: Milissa Alonso, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, 410-266-0600 (office), 301-672-3687 (cell),

Historic Annapolis

Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

Primary Structure Built: 1882
Sold For: $715,000
Original List Price: $789,000
Last Sold/Price: $799,290 (2014)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Living Space: 2,056 sq. ft.
Lot Size: .18 acres

Blending old world charm with modern amenities, this four-level Victorian home is in a class of its own—a true representation of Historic Annapolis and its distinctive architecture. Situated on a large lot in a peaceful setting with a private pier on Spa Creek, the unique property is also an interesting piece of Annapolis history. Indeed, the charming 19th-century home formerly operated as a bed and breakfast known as the Charles Inn—a popular business that attracted guests from all walks of life. The property, which is now a private residence, was listed on September 25th, 2015, and closed on July 29th, 2016.

“To find a property of this caliber, in this location, with [its] highly coveted Spa Creek access is extremely rare,” said Mike Murray of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the listing agent for the property, in a press release.
The historic home features luxurious living spaces and exquisite detailing, including hardwood floors and chair rail and crown molding. Crystal chandeliers and multiple fireplaces add a touch of elegance, and the two-sided fireplace is an especially appealing feature in the main living space/dining room. Although updated with modern amenities, the gourmet kitchen successfully unifies the past and present with its charming wood-burning stove, sleek granite countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, and island. Exterior features include a classic Annapolitan covered front porch with stately white pillars, an extra large driveway, and lovely professionally landscaped gardens.

“There is nothing quite like the former Charles Inn,” says Murray. “The property operated as a B&B for the past 25 years, hosting tourists, business people, and legislators, while maintaining its late 19th-century appeal. Known for its dramatic front porch, cedar shake siding, and lush backyard gardens, the property also offers a private pier off of Spa Creek and ample off-street parking—both of which are highly desired features for Historic Annapolis buyers.”

In addition, the home’s ideal location in downtown Annapolis—just three blocks from Main Street—was a major selling point, providing easy access to all that the capital city has to offer.

Sources: Mike and Melissa Murray (listing agents), Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 410-919-2517 (direct), 240-508-7246 (cell),, Suzanne O’Brien, agent for The Murray Home Team. Buyer’s agent: Alex Tower Sears, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 410-263-8686 (direct), 443-254-5661 (cell),,