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

Jul 20, 2017 10:19AM ● Published by Cate Reynolds

By Lisa A. Lewis

Many prospective homeowners are irresistibly drawn to the water and the relaxing lifestyle that a waterfront home offers. It’s their idea of the ultimate dream home, and they can’t imagine living anywhere else. In this issue of What’s Up? with Eastern Shore Real Estate, we profile two amazing properties that showcase all the delights of waterfront living.

Royal Oak

Talbot County

  • Primary Structure Built: 1991
  • Sold For: $1,200,000
  • Original List Price: $1,695,000
  • Last Sold/Price: No previous sale
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
  • Living Space: 5,696 sq. ft.
  • Lot Size:4.53 acres

Situated at the end of a private road in a lush woodland setting teeming with wildlife and boasting beautiful water views of Elbert’s Cove from every room, this two-level custom-built Cape Cod-style home is an idyllic waterfront retreat. Even at first glance, it’s apparent that this house is not merely a place to live. It’s special: the ultimate dream home. The property, which was listed on April 17th, 2015, closed on March 2nd, 2017.

Designed for luxury and comfort, the home features an elegant great room with carpeting and an oversized antique brick floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace. (Adding a touch of charm, the mantel is constructed with wood from a western Maryland barn.) The gourmet kitchen includes beautiful cabinetry, Corian countertops, a walk-in pantry, and a wood-burning fireplace. A relaxing retreat, the master bedroom is absolutely lovely and features a dressing room, his-and-her closets, and hardwood floors.
Exquisite detailing, including vaulted ceilings, crown molding, and built-in bookcases, add a touch of elegance throughout the home’s interior spaces. In addition, ample windows and glass doors not only maximize the water views but also provide abundant natural light, creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The property also includes a climate-controlled wine cellar, a large screened-in porch, an in-ground pool, a dock, and a rip rap shoreline.

“The sellers bought property that consisted of three lots and built their home on the center lot,” says Cornelia C. Heckenbach of Long & Foster Real Estate, the listing agent for the property. “It was their dream home, and they planned to retire there. But, sadly, they had to part with it due to age-related downsizing. The home is situated in an area surrounded by multimillion dollar estates, but it’s only a 10-minute drive to St. Michaels and feels very rural. There is a lot of waterfowl, deer, wild turkey, and birds, including bald eagles. Plus, a 900-acre wildlife sanctuary is located across from Elbert’s Cove. The buyers upgraded when they purchased this home, and they plan to retire there.”
Sources: Cornelia C. Heckenbach (listing agent), Long & Foster Real Estate, 410-310-1229,  Buyer’s agent: Marie Wroten, Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-829-3467,

Cove Creek Club

Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County

  • Primary Structure Built: 1987
  • Sold For: $735,754
  • Original List Price: $825,000
  • Last Sold/Price: $745,000 (2010)
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Living Space: 2,586 sq. ft.
  • Lot Size: 1.14 acres

The best of both worlds, this one-level ranch-style home is truly a waterfront paradise—boasting luxurious interior and exterior spaces and upscale, vacation-style living in the highly coveted community of Cove Creek Club located on the southern tip of Kent Island. The property, which was listed on May 20th, 2016, closed on December 20th, 2016.

The home, which features an open floor plan, offers desirable one-level living without sacrificing space. Two elegant master suites—each with a private bath—are located at opposite ends of the home and are adjoined by a common open space that seamlessly blends the spacious living, dining, and kitchen spaces, which overlook Cove Creek and offer magnificent views. Exquisite detailing, including wooden ceiling beams and stylish ceiling fans, add a touch of charm throughout this beautifully designed space.
The home’s layout is ideal for homeowners who love to entertain, making it convenient to prepare food in the kitchen, which features ample cabinetry, granite countertops, and high-end stainless steel appliances, while chatting with their guests who can relax in the stylish, comfortable great room with a cozy gas fireplace and hardwood floors. When dinner is served, the dining room awaits, offering an elegant setting to savor a delicious meal while enjoying the company of their guests.

In addition, the spacious rear deck is perfect for entertaining, hosting cookouts with family and friends, or simply relaxing and enjoying the views. The property also includes an attached two-car garage and a private pier.

“This home was an absolute joy to market and sell,” says Jennifer Chaney of Chaney Homes, the listing and selling agent for the property. “So rarely do I stumble upon a home with such character, a unique design, and impressive waterfront views. Designed to maximize the stellar views, walls of glass overlook Cove Creek, and the spacious great room makes entertaining a breeze. The two master suites offer privacy and a rarely found layout for a multitude of uses. The new buyers are thrilled to be ‘islanders,’ with an ever-changing playground of waterfront fun.” 
Source: Jennifer Chaney, CSP, GRI, MBA (listing and selling agent), Chaney Homes, 410-739-0242,
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