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What’s Up? With Real Estate: Annapolis May 2017

May 30, 2017 11:39AM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Lisa A. Lewis

For prospective homeowners who want to buy a house near the water, there’s no shortage of options. In this issue of What’s Up? with Real Estate, we profile two magnificent water-oriented properties.

Back Bay Beach

West River, Anne Arundel County

Primary Structure Built: 2012
Sold For: $1,465,000
Original List Price: $1,675,000
Last Sold/Price: $565,000 (2003)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Living Space: 4,307 sq. ft.
Lot Size: .26 acres

Located in a quiet village—only 60 feet from the West River—this three-level custom-built home is truly one of the most unique waterfront properties in the Annapolis/Washington, D.C. area. A waterfront homeowner’s idea of paradise, the home boasts superior craftsmanship, luxurious interior and exterior spaces, exquisite detailing, breathtaking water views, and magnificent water features. The property, which was listed on May 27th, 2016, closed on December 27th, 2016.

A veritable architectural masterpiece, the home features ample windows that allow abundant natural light to flow throughout the interior spaces, creating a welcoming atmosphere and maximizing the water views. The kitchen includes custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a granite breakfast bar, and glass French doors that lead to a waterside deck. Exquisite in every detail, the dining room opens to a grilling deck—perfect for entertaining. And with its American cherry hardwood floors, waterside deck, and spa-like master bath that features a free-standing porcelain soaking tub, double sinks with honed granite, and custom walk-in shower, the master suite is a relaxing retreat.
Exterior features include a spacious front porch, which offers the ideal setting to relax and enjoy the views, a professionally landscaped backyard, and a two-car garage. And, of course, the water features, including a 300-foot pier, a boat lift, and a personal watercraft lift, are spectacular.

“This stunning custom waterfront home was designed so that views of the West River are visible from nearly every room in the house,” says Travis Gray of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the listing agent for the property. “The Back Bay Beach area feels like a sleepy waterfront village and is a bit of an undiscovered gem, though it’s growing increasingly popular with D.C. metro buyers who are looking for weekend retreats and retirement homes. It’s possible to get from D.C. to your dock in about 45 minutes, and that is a huge draw for D.C. area boaters and water lovers.”
Sources: Travis Gray (listing agent), Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 301-641-0809,, Buyer’s agent: R. Scott Mattingly, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 301-980-9916,,

Downs on the Severn

Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

Primary Structure Built: 1975
Sold For: $950,000
Original List Price: $975,000
Last Sold/Price: $699,000 (2009)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
Living Space: 4,227 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 1.01 acres

A highly coveted community, Downs on the Severn boasts luxurious homes situated in a quiet, densely wooded setting on generously sized lots and Severn River water access. So it’s no surprise that this three-level colonial home went under contract after only seven days on the market. The property, which was listed on November 10th, 2016, closed on January 18th, 2017.

“Purchased in 2009 as a bank sale, the savvy homeowner saw the potential the property offered, and throughout his years of ownership, he spared no expense in creating an impressive estate,” says Jennifer Chaney, the owner of Chaney Homes, LLC and a certified staging professional and decorator (as well as the property’s listing agent). “Hired in 2015 to design several spaces within the home, I created an inviting, stylish setting. A year later when the owner needed to sell, I was called upon to stage and list the home.” 
With its stately white pillars and spacious front patio, the exterior of the home is absolutely exquisite and could easily be described as regal. The elegant kitchen features ample cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, an island, and gleaming hardwood floors. Located off the kitchen, the cozy family room is the perfect retreat. And the walk-out finished basement offers an ideal setting to entertain family and friends or simply relax and enjoy the comforts of “home sweet home.” The property’s exterior features include an in-ground Gunite saltwater pool, a graded, level backyard overlooking the private, dense woods, and an Epay wood deck.

“This home offers everything: curb appeal, high-end finishes throughout, and a backyard to impress even the most scrutinizing buyers,” says Chaney. “Our first—and only—open house was filled with buyers literally bumping into one another with ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ heard routinely. As a broker, this is the type of property I am flattered to sell. As a designer, there was a personal sense of satisfaction in how the home ‘showed’ and how quickly it won the hearts of the new owners.”
Sources: Jennifer Chaney (listing agent), Chaney Homes, LLC, 410-739-0242,, Buyer’s agent: David Orso, CENTURY 21 New Millennium, 443-691-0838,,