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What’s Up? With Annapolis Real Estate April 2017

Apr 18, 2017 09:00AM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Lisa A. Lewis

A highly coveted community, Annapolis not only offers beautiful homes with luxurious interior and exterior spaces and a wealth of amenities but also an upscale lifestyle in a dynamic city. This month, we profile two homes that showcase all that the capital city has to offer.

Historic District

Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

  • Primary Structure Built: 1893
  • Sold For: $749,900
  • Original List Price: $749,900
  • Last Sold/Price: $540,000 (2012)
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
  • Living Space: 2,328 sq. ft.
  • Lot Size: .03 acres

Situated on a sought-after corner lot and boasting beautiful views of Spa Creek and easy access to City Dock, this three-level Federal-style home embodies all that is wonderful about living in the Annapolis Historic District. The property, which was listed on June 1, 2016, stayed on the market for two weeks and closed on September 30, 2016.

With its freshly painted exterior, which greatly enhances its curb appeal, the historic home is truly eye-catching—immediately grabbing the attention of passersby. Its high ceilings, beautiful interior lighting, and cozy double-sided gas fireplace create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Exquisite detailing, including crown molding and hardwood floors, add a touch of absolute elegance. Exterior features include a lovely, spacious brick patio—the perfect setting for hosting cookouts, entertaining, or simply relaxing and enjoying the outdoors—and an inviting front porch. In addition, the home also features a freshly painted interior and beautifully renovated bathrooms, including a new bath on the top floor.
“I was thrilled to meet with the sellers to discuss their home sale,” says Liz Dooner of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the listing agent for the property. “I’ve always loved the house, and once inside, I was really impressed with the renovations they had made since they purchased the home in 2012. The home is elegant, timeless, and very cool. We discussed the marketing plan and home preparation. While the interior would surpass any buyer’s aesthetic wishes, they agreed that the house would be perfect if the exterior was painted in a new color scheme. Changing the exterior is a big deal and can feel daunting, but it really doesn’t have to be if you have the right team. They received a full price offer almost immediately.”

Sources: Liz Dooner (listing agent), Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 410-725-8973 (cell), Buyer’s agent: Maryann T. Pettie, Douglas Realty, LLC, 443-618-9221 (cell),

Pendennis Mount

Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

  • Primary Structure Built: 1954
  • Sold For: $720,000
  • Original List Price: $775,000
  • Last Sold/Price: $778,000 (2006)
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
  • Living Space: 3,420 sq. ft.
  • Lot Size: .26 acres

Offering Severn River water access and a lovely winter view of the Naval Academy, this five-level custom-designed home is a veritable dream house—exquisite in every detail. The property, which was listed on July 23rd, 2016, closed on December 7th, 2016. This is especially noteworthy because prior to selling in December, the home was previously listed with another brokerage, but it failed to sell. However, after receiving the listing, the David Orso Group of CENTURY 21 New Millennium re-listed and sold the home—a testament to the importance of deploying the right strategy.
“This is another listing that we successfully sold that was previously listed by another agent,” says Orso, the listing agent for the property. “While no one can control the market, we can control our system and approach to listing and selling homes.”

The home features an open floor plan—perfect for entertaining—and luxurious interior spaces. The gourmet eat-in kitchen includes custom cherry cabinets, granite countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, a huge island, a spacious pantry, hardwood floors, and recessed lighting. With its cathedral ceiling, two large walk-in closets, jetted soaking tub, and separate shower, the master suite is absolutely elegant. A relaxing retreat, the living room features a cozy gas fireplace, built-ins, a ceiling fan, recessed lighting, and abundant natural light, which creates a warm, cheerful atmosphere. And the carpeted recreation room is the perfect setting for entertaining family and friends or simply relaxing. The exterior features of the home are equally eye-catching and include a fully fenced flat backyard, a charming front porch, and lovely professional landscaping.
“This is an incredibly charming and unique home in a desirable area,” says Orso. “Plus, it was completely renovated and showed beautifully.”
Sources: David Orso (listing agent), CENTURY 21 New Millennium, 443-691-0838, Buyer’s agent: Scott Schuetter, CENTURY 21 New Millennium, 410-900-7668,