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What’s Up? With Real Estate: Eastern Shore June 2017

Jun 30, 2017 09:00AM ● By Cate Reynolds


Chester, Queen Anne’s County

Primary Structure Built: 2003
Sold For: $2,200,000
Original List Price: $2,300,000
Last Sold/Price: No previous sale
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3 full, 2 half
Living Space: 6,984 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 2.70 acres

With its exquisite design, welcoming front porch, multiple balconies, and circular driveway surrounding a beautifully landscaped and hardscaped fountain, this three-level Georgian-style waterfront home is truly a sight to behold. The property, which was listed on March 3rd, 2017, went under contract after only 12 days on the market and closed on April 21st, 2017.
The epitome of luxury, the home features walls of windows overlooking Crab Alley Bay, offering magnificent water views. Exquisite detailing, including crown molding and gleaming Brazilian hardwood floors, create an atmosphere of absolute elegance throughout the home’s interior spaces. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, an island, and recessed lighting. A relaxing retreat, the lovely master bedroom includes an elegant chandelier and beautifully designed glass pane doors that lead to a balcony—the perfect setting to sip a cup of coffee in the morning. And with its jetted tub and separate shower, the master bath is absolutely luxurious—a peaceful escape from the stresses of the day. The home also includes a cozy family room, a separate dining room, an impressive wine cellar, and two doubled-sided fireplaces.

In addition, the home’s exterior features enhance the property and include a pier with a boat lift, a heated saltwater pool, and an outdoor kitchen. Indeed, the home’s beautiful interior and exterior spaces offer an upscale lifestyle that all waterfront homeowners desire.

“This magnificent Georgian waterfront estate boasts amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail,” says DeeDee McCracken of the DD McCracken Home Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the listing agent for the property. “It will definitely be a home that I remember. It’s not every day that I find such an exquisite property and have the opportunity to work with such great clients.” 

Sources: DeeDee McCracken (listing agent), DD McCracken Home Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 410-739-7571 (cell), 410-224-2200 (office),, Buyer’s agent: Steve Howison, Trident Homes Realty, 410-703-1156 (cell), 410-919-4898, ext. 702 (office),,

Martingham Inn

St. Michaels, Talbot County

Primary Structure Built: 1977
Sold For: $1,150,000
Original List Price: $1,249,000
Last Sold/Price: $550,000 (1999)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Living Space: 3,092 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 2.46 acres

Boasting breathtaking views of the Miles River, this unique two-level home, which is designed almost entirely of glass on the waterside of the structure, is absolutely exquisite—a veritable waterfront dream home, complete with a small sandy beach, a deep-water dock with a boat lift, and a private boat ramp. The property, which was listed on February 2nd, 2017, closed on April 7th, 2017.

Without a doubt, the exterior design of the home is stunning, but the interior spaces are equally beautiful. On the main level, the kitchen features white cabinetry, granite countertops, tile backsplash, an island with bar seating, and hardwood floors. A peaceful retreat, the spacious sunroom includes wrap-around windows, a spiral staircase, and access to the waterside porch—the perfect setting to unwind after a long day and enjoy the views. And the master bedroom features carpeting, a large walk-in closet, and an elegant bathroom with a glass shower and tile flooring.
On the lower level, the kitchen includes bar seating and hardwood floors. Exquisite in every detail, the family room, which is surrounded by windows, features a cozy brick hearth fireplace, a built-in bookcase, and access to the waterside in-ground pool and the patios. Additional spaces include an office and an exercise room/enclosed porch with ceramic tile flooring, a Jack and Jill bathroom, and a hot tub.

“The incredible unobstructed 180-degree view of the Miles River helped sell this home,” says Carolina Barksdale of Benson & Mangold Real Estate, the listing agent for the property. “Glistening water is all you see when you enter the house. The previous owners, who purchased the property in 1999 as their retirement home, redesigned and enlarged the waterside of the structure, making it almost all glass, so they could take in the breathtaking views. The property, which was sold as part of closing out the estate, went under contract within a few weeks. I was very pleased since the style of the home is somewhat unusual for a waterfront property in this price range.”

Sources: Carolina Barksdale (listing agent), Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 443-786-0348 (direct),, Buyer’s agent: Cornelia Heckenbach, Long & Foster Real Estate, 410-310-1229 (cell), 410-745-0283 (office),,