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

Aug 24, 2017 01:57PM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Lisa A. Lewis

It’s no secret that the Eastern Shore is a popular location to purchase a highly coveted waterfront home. In this issue of What’s Up? with Eastern Shore Real Estate, we profile two amazing waterfront properties that would delight all buyers—whether they’re seeking a primary residence, a retirement home, or a second home.

Cove Point

Tilghman, Talbot County

  • Primary Structure Built: 2003
  • Sold For: $1,000,000
  • Original List Price: $1,275,000
  • Last Sold/Price: No previous sale
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
  • Living Space: 4,772 sq. ft.
  • Lot Size: 14.78 acres

Situated in an idyllic setting overlooking the Choptank River, this two-level custom-built contemporary-style home with 1,150 feet of shoreline and a private pier with two boat lifts is an absolute delight. Indeed, the home is a waterfront haven like no other—a little slice of heaven right here on earth. The property, which was listed on March 11th, 2016, closed on February 24th, 2017.

Designed by Timothy B. Kearns, the home is an architectural masterpiece, and its superior craftsmanship is apparent in every exquisite detail. To unify the land and the water, Kearns incorporated gables, dormers, shed roofs, and shadowed porches, which maximize the site, its water views, and its breezes. The use of Archtop windows, rather than Palladian windows, makes the home unique, and its innovative design is nothing short of luxurious.
The cedar-sided home is truly a sight to behold, so it’s not surprising that the interior spaces are equally impressive. Designed for luxury and comfort, the great room features a cozy wood-burning fireplace, a sitting area, and glass doors that lead to the screened-in sun porch—the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the views. The master bedroom features a sitting porch and a private master bath that includes a soaking tub and a separate glass shower. The home also features a charming waterside balcony off one of the second-floor guest rooms and a porch off the living room. In addition, the garage is attached to the main house with a breezeway, which allows breezes while connecting the land and the water.

“My clients loved the 14.78 acres of waterfront property with this beautifully designed home on a high point of land,” says Jane McCarthy of Benson & Mangold Real Estate, the buyer’s agent for the property. “They fell in love with the privacy and the extraordinary views. The open floor plan provides water views from every room, especially the private first-floor master bedroom suite. Plus, the private pier with two boat lifts is very appealing and allows quick access to the great fishing in the area.” 
Sources: Tom Crouch (listing agent), Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-310-8916,, Buyer’s agent: Jane McCarthy, Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-310-6692,

St. Michaels

Talbot County

  • Primary Structure Built: 1996
  • Sold For: $1,000,000
  • Original List Price: $1,295,000
  • Last Sold/Price: $1,850,000 (2007) *Sale also included the adjacent building lot with four boat slips.
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half
  • Living Space: 2,284 sq. ft.
  • Lot Size: .17 acres

Located in the heart of St. Michaels on St. Michaels Harbor and boasting magnificent water views from every room, a private pier, and four boat slips, this two-level colonial home is truly the complete package—a veritable waterfront retreat that would easily capture the heart of any buyer. The property, which was listed on February 20th, 2017, closed on April 28th, 2017.

The beautiful home features an elegant kitchen with ample white cabinetry, Corian countertops, high-end stainless-steel appliances, recessed lighting, and ceramic tile flooring. With a cozy wood-burning fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors, and recessed lighting, the spacious living room is an ideal setting to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. The separate dining room features hardwood floors, recessed lighting, and a glass door that leads to the deck. And the waterside balcony on the second level is absolutely charming—perfect for sipping a cup of coffee in the morning while relaxing and enjoying the views.
Exquisite architectural detailing, including crown, chair rail, and picture frame molding and plantation shutters, add a touch of elegance throughout the well-appointed interior spaces. And ample windows not only maximize the water views but also bathe the home in natural light, creating a warm, cheerful atmosphere.

“This property had been listed off and on for several years,” says Kathy Christensen of Benson & Mangold Real Estate, the listing agent for the property. “We listed the home in February, immediately had activity, and sold it in 49 days. The sellers had relocated, so we were pleased to sell the home so quickly. The design of the house has a great flow that lends itself to entertaining. It’s truly a gem hidden in plain sight in St. Michaels. Overall, we are seeing an increase in sales in the historic district of St. Michaels in all price points, which is exciting since St. Michaels is a great town year-round.”

Sources: Kathy Christensen (listing agent), Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-924-4814 (cell), Buyer’s agent: Brian K. Gearhart, Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-310-5179 (cell),