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What’s Up? with Eastern Shore Real Estate December 2017

Dec 19, 2017 09:00AM
By Lisa A. Lewis

Architecture has definitely evolved throughout the years, and the design of homes has transformed from more utilitarian structures to highly elaborate works of art appointed with luxurious amenities. But beautifully designed homes never go out of style. In this issue of What’s Up? with Eastern Shore Real Estate, we profile two historic properties—one built in the late 19th century and one built in the early 20th century—that showcase architecture at its finest.

Beckwith Creek

Cambridge, Dorchester County

Primary Structure Built: ca. 1870 (Addition built in 1995.)
Sold For: $1,025,000
Original List Price: $1,250,000
Last Sold/Price: $350,000 (1995)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half
Living Space: 2,964 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 99.25 acres

Situated on nearly 100 private acres of beautiful farmland at the end of a long tree-lined driveway, this stunning two-level waterfront property is the ultimate dream home—boasting interior and exterior spaces that buyers desire. The original structure, which is more than a century old, successfully blends the charm and character of an historic home with the luxury of modern amenities. An added bonus: The property offers peaceful views of Beckwith Creek and amazing water features for boating enthusiasts. The property, which was listed on February 16th, 2016, closed on June 23rd, 2017.

The home features an elegant kitchen with ample white cabinetry, recessed lighting, and tile flooring. The stylish family room with gleaming wide-planked hardwood floors, a cozy wood-burning fireplace, crown and chair rail molding, built-ins, and recessed lighting offers the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Relaxation also awaits in the living room, which includes hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, and beautiful moldings. And the private second-level master suite features a lovely master bedroom with hardwood floors, three double closets, and luxurious his-and-her bathrooms with tile flooring.
Not surprisingly, the property also boasts spectacular exterior features, including a welcoming front porch, a large screened-in porch—ideal for relaxing and enjoying the serene views—an attached greenhouse, an in-ground waterside pool with a screened-in pool house, three barns, a potting shed, a bulkheaded boat basin with davits, and a mooring with five feet of water depth. Indeed, spending time outdoors is a delight—whether the homeowners are swimming, gardening, boating, exploring the grounds, entertaining guests, or simply relaxing.

“It was truly a pleasure to sell this property since the owners so tastefully restored a house built prior to 1900,” says Henner Gibbons-Neff of Meredith Fine Properties, one of the listing agents for the property.

Sources: Henner Gibbons-Neff and Cliff Meredith (listing agents), Meredith Fine Properties, 410-829-0698 (Gibbons-Neff’s cell), 410-924-0082 (Meredith’s cell), Buyer’s agent: Kathy Christensen, Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-924-4814 (cell),,

St. Michaels

Talbot County


Primary Structure Built: ca.1920
Sold For: $1,050,000
Original List Price: $1,295,000
Last Sold/Price: $425,000 (1989)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Living Space: 3,400 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 1.63 acres

Historic properties are special—exuding charm and character that appeal to many buyers—and this two-level Cape Cod home is no exception. Overlooking Broad Creek from a southward point of land and boasting a high elevation, 650 feet of shoreline, spectacular water views, and a private deep-water pier, the home is the perfect waterfront retreat, offering a peaceful lifestyle. The property, which was listed on February 24, 2016, closed on May 22, 2017.

“There are several interesting features about this property, but I think the best is the lot itself,” says Jane McCarthy of Benson & Mangold Real Estate, the buyer’s agent for the property. “Even though it is 1.63 acres, it feels so much larger because it is a point of land. The views are wonderful, and the house sits high on the land.” 
The home, which was updated and expanded in 1996, features a gourmet kitchen with custom cherry cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and ceramic tile flooring. With hardwood floors, a cozy wood-burning fireplace, and beautiful wood ceiling beams, the living room is absolutely charming. And the delightful sunroom, which features walls of windows, a stylish ceiling fan, brick flooring, and access to the in-ground waterside pool and hot tub, is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the views. The property also includes a finished room over the garage and a small boat shed. Plus, the gardens are absolutely lovely.

“The home has a wonderful cottage feel with hardwood floors throughout and water views from every room,” says McCarthy. “It also has great spaces that can be used as guest rooms or entertaining spaces. The current owners are working on ‘opening up’ the house to create a more open floor plan. It was rewarding for me to sell it to them because I know how much they will love this waterfront home.”

Sources: Tom Crouch (listing agent), Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-310-8916,, Buyer’s agent: Jane McCarthy, Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-310-6692,,