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What’s Up? with Real Estate: Annapolis September 2017

Sep 01, 2017 12:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Lisa A. Lewis

Whether prospective Anne Arundel County homeowners choose to buy a modern home or an historic home, they definitely won’t be disappointed. In this issue of What’s Up? with Real Estate, we profile two properties—built nearly a century apart—that are equally luxurious.

Epping Forest

Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

Primary Structure Built: 1998
Sold For: $1,700,000
Original List Price: $1,875,000
Last Sold/Price: $599,750 (1997) *The home was rebuilt in 1998, so this price doesn’t reflect the value of the current home.
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half
Living Space: 6,579 sq. ft.
Lot Size: .37 acres

The design of homes varies greatly—running the gamut from more utilitarian structures to elaborate works of art appointed with every conceivable luxury. And this three-level custom-built contemporary-style waterfront home definitely falls into the latter category. The property, which was listed on March 8th, 2017, closed on May 12th, 2017.

With its eye-catching exterior design, the resort-style home boasts meticulous attention to architectural detail. Lovely windows and beautifully designed glass doors are prominent features and not only create an atmosphere of absolute luxury throughout the home’s interior spaces but also maximize the views of Clements Creek and the Severn River. The awe-inspiring two-story foyer features a custom entry door with textured rain glass and slate flooring warmed by radiant heat. And the exquisite great room is adorned with arched clerestory windows positioned above atrium doors and glazed panels.

A foodie’s paradise, the elegant kitchen, which is lined with atrium doors, features an island and breakfast bar with a waterfall edge, imported Italian cabinetry, and pendant lighting. The home also includes a main-level en-suite bedroom with a delightful private deck—a lovely setting to relax and enjoy the views.
The best of both worlds, this charming waterfront oasis seamlessly blends luxurious interior and exterior spaces, making it ideal for indoor/outdoor lifestyles. Spectacular exterior features, including a Trex deck, a tiered hot tub deck, two walk-out lower-level patios, and a stunning wood staircase leading to the waterfront and a private pier, offer an idyllic lifestyle—perfect for homeowners who love to entertain or simply relax and enjoy the outdoors.

“As soon as I saw this home, I knew it was special,” says Creig Northrop of the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate, the listing agent for the property. “I liked it so much that I filmed a TV commercial there. I’ve always been a fan of the indoor/outdoor lifestyle, and this home is a perfect example of that with its walls of windows facing the waterfront and doors that open to magnificent outdoor spaces.”
Source: The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate, 410-295-6579,

Olde Severna Park

Severna Park, Anne Arundel County


Primary Structure Built: ca. 1900–1910
Sold For: $1,885,000
Original List Price: $1,950,000
Last Sold/Price: $370,000 (1993)
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 3 full, 2 half
Living Space: 5,930 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 1.45 acres

At first glance, it’s apparent that this four-level Victorian home is very special. Not only does the house, which is more than a century old, exude the charm and character typical of historic homes, but it also holds the distinction of being one of the first houses built in Olde Severna Park. The property, which was listed on April 4th, 2017, closed on June 1st, 2017.
Situated in a serene setting overlooking Sullivan Cove and boasting beautiful water views of the Severn River, the home is absolutely charming. The spacious gourmet kitchen features solid cherry cabinetry and custom teal-stained pine cabinetry—an especially eye-catching and unique feature—an island, and a lovely breakfast area. A peaceful retreat, the master bedroom, which was designed to provide water views, also offers amazing views of a variety of water birds. The stylish, cozy library, off the master bedroom, features glass doors that lead to an enchanting balcony. And the wraparound porch is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the views.

Exquisite architectural detailing, including coffered and tray ceilings, crown and chair rail molding, gleaming hardwood floors, and numerous built-ins, greatly enhance the home’s interior spaces, creating an elegant, charming atmosphere.
“My clients looked at this home twice last year when it was on the market with a different agent at a much higher price,” says Melissa Murray of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the buyer’s agent for the property. “They decided to focus their attention on the Downtown Historic District instead, but they found themselves returning to this home. They were drawn to historic homes that have history and character, but they also wanted to be close to the water.”

“It was an incredible opportunity to list and sell this historic Severna Park property and even more rewarding to present the sellers with a ratified contract 14 days after listing it,” added David Orso of the David Orso Group of CENTURY 21 New Millennium, the listing agent for the property.
Sources: David Orso (listing agent), David Orso Group of CENTURY 21 New Millennium 443-372-7171, Buyer’s agent: Melissa Murray, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 410-919-2517 (direct), 443-995-2626 (cell),