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What's Up? With Real Estate: Eastern Shore January 2017

Jan 17, 2017 09:00AM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Lisa A. Lewis

With so many beautiful communities located on the Eastern Shore, prospective homeowners may have difficulty deciding exactly where to buy a home. But they definitely can’t go wrong if they choose the charming community of St. Michaels. In this issue of What’s Up? with Eastern Shore Real Estate, we profile two waterfront properties that truly showcase all that St. Michaels has to offer.

A Waterfront Dutch Colonial

St. Michaels, Talbot County

Primary Structure Built: 1992
Sold For: $1,100,000
Original List Price: $1,199,000
Last Sold/Price: $1,300,000 (2009)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Living Space: 3,070 sq. ft.
Lot Size: .52 acres

Boasting approximately 90 feet of water frontage and stunning views of the Miles River, this two-level home is an absolute gem—the quintessential dream home. The property, which was owned by licensed realtors, was listed on April 15th, 2016, and closed on September 30th, 2016.

Recently renovated, the well-appointed waterfront home features opulent living spaces—unmatched in their luxury. The spacious kitchen includes ample cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and recessed lighting. With its cozy wood-burning fireplace and gleaming hardwood floors, the magnificent river room is a relaxing retreat. Exquisite detailing, including crown, chair rail, and picture frame molding, wood ceiling beams, and built-in bookshelves, greatly accentuate the home’s living spaces and add a touch of absolute elegance. In addition, large, abundant windows and beautifully designed sliding glass doors allow natural light to flow throughout the home and offer breathtaking wide water views.
It’s no secret that waterfront properties are highly coveted, and this home is certainly no exception. The exterior features, including a private dock, an 8,000-pound boat lift, a spacious rear wood deck, a brick patio, a garden shed, an attached garage, and a lovely yard, greatly beautify the property. Indeed, this waterfront home definitely offers the complete package: luxurious living spaces, spectacular amenities, and an upscale lifestyle on the water. It’s perfect for boating enthusiasts or homeowners who simply enjoy the delights of waterfront living.

“We have lived in four different locations in St Michaels,” says Paul Meredith of Benson & Mangold Real Estate, who listed the property with his wife, Debbie. “We think it is the best waterfront location: town water, county sewer, no town taxes, and spectacular water views with ever-changing maritime traffic. [It’s also] very close to all the downtown restaurants and stores.”

Sources: Paul and Debbie Meredith (owners and listing agents), Benson & Mangold Real Estate St. Michaels, 410-310-8922 (cell), 410-745-0415 (office),  Buyer’s agent: Bill Wieland, Benson & Mangold Real Estate Easton, 410-310-0803 (cell), 410-770-9255 (office),

A Waterfront Contemporary

St. Michaels, Talbot County

Primary Structure Built: 2001
Sold For: $945,000
Original List Price: $1,195,000
Last Sold/Price: No previous sale
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Living Space: 2,682 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 19.59 acres

Situated in a lovely country setting, accessed by a private road, this two-level waterfront home is truly a sight to behold—a veritable work of art. Custom built by West & Callahan, Inc., the home boasts superior craftsmanship, well-appointed living spaces, exquisite detailing, and breathtaking views of Porters Creek. The property, which was listed on December 10th, 2015, closed on July 29th, 2016.

The beautiful home features a luxurious kitchen with ample wood cabinetry, granite countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, an island, a breakfast bar, hardwood floors, and recessed lighting. The magnificent all-glass sunroom with ceramic tile flooring offers the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the views. With its soaring, dramatic ceiling heights, cozy gas fireplace, hardwood floors, and built-ins, the elegant living room is a peaceful retreat. Abundant windows allow natural light to flow throughout the home—creating a cheerful, welcoming atmosphere and maximizing the water views.

And, of course, a home of such grandeur would not be complete without spectacular exterior features, and this home definitely doesn’t disappoint. The property includes a spacious waterside deck, an in-ground pool, a dock with a boat lift—perfect for boating enthusiasts—a two-car garage, and four 300-square-foot sheds with electric and water. Indeed, this home is truly beyond compare—offering an upscale, relaxing lifestyle in an idyllic waterfront setting.

“I love this home because it is so open, and you can see the water from almost everywhere,” says Cornelia C. Heckenbach of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the listing agent for the property. “There are a lot of windows, and I love the view from the second floor landing, which looks like a framed picture. The view is very long down Porters Creek, which goes into the Miles River/Eastern Bay confluence.”

Sources: Cornelia C. Heckenbach (listing agent), Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 410-310-1229 (direct), 410-745-0283 (office), Buyer’s agent: Larry Brennan, Benson & Mangold Real Estate, Inc., 410-443-3659 (cell), 410-745-0415 (office),