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What's Up? With Annapolis Real Estate January 2018

Jan 17, 2018 09:18AM
By Lisa A. Lewis

Some waterfront homeowners are passionate boating enthusiasts; others simply enjoy the peaceful lifestyle—and the beautiful views—that the homes offer. In this issue of What’s Up? With Real Estate, we profile two magnificent properties that showcase the luxuries and delights of waterfront living.

Harness Creek View

Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

Primary Structure Built: 1900
Sold For: $2,225,000
Original List Price: $2,499,000
Last Sold/Price: $400,000 (1995) - foreclosure on original cottage
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 half
Living Space: 6,000 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 1.40 acres

Ideally located on Harness Creek and facing Quiet Waters Park, this two-story traditional-style home is truly the complete package. Formerly a cottage, the original structure was rebuilt and enlarged by the owners in 1995, transforming it into a stunning waterfront retreat with a private deep-water pier, two boat lifts, a jet ski lift, and two slips. The property, which was listed on April 28th, 2017, closed on July 31st, 2017.

The heart of the original cottage is the living room, which features a vaulted ceiling and a wall of windows that overlooks the backyard and offers serene water views. The room also boasts a stone fireplace, crown molding, and hardwood floors. A foodie’s paradise, the elegant kitchen includes light wood cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, an island, a breakfast nook with water views, and recessed lighting. Just three years old, the luxurious main-level master suite features a beautiful tray ceiling and two spacious walk-in closets with custom built-ins. A relaxing retreat, the spa-like master bath includes a dual sink vanity, granite countertops, a jetted soaking tub, and an oversized steam shower. And upstairs, the second master suite with a private bath also offers spectacular water views.


The property, which is located in a community that consists of multi-million dollar homes and a vineyard, also includes a waterside pool with a waterfall, a separate spa, a fenced garden, a shed, a small fruit orchard, and lovely landscaping.

“The combination of a primo neighborhood, spacious home, deluxe main-level master suite, waterside pool, and deep-water dock made this property very attractive,” says Reid Buckley, one of the listing agents for the property. “The sellers purchased the land with an early 20th century cottage at foreclosure 20 years ago and designed a home that incorporated the wonderful stone fireplace of the original dwelling. The later addition of a pool and spa with water views really boosted the value. Our extensive print and online marketing attracted the buyers from the D.C. area.”

Sources: Charlie and Reid Buckley (listing agents), The Mr. Waterfront Team of Long & Foster, 410-266-6880,, Buyer’s agent: Joe Bray, The Mr. Waterfront Team of Long & Foster, 410-266-6880,,

Harbor Hills

Davidsonville, Anne Arundel County

Primary Structure Built: 1975
Sold For: $900,000
Original List Price: $1,050,000
Last Sold/Price: $715,000 (2011)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
Living Space: 4,384 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 1.23 acres

Situated in a peaceful setting and offering direct access to the South River and scenic seasonal water views, this three-level colonial home is an absolute delight. The house, which appeared to have been last updated in the 1980s, was completely renovated by the sellers, who bought it in 2011. Boasting beautiful interior and exterior spaces, it’s apparent that the home was meticulously cared for and loved—most likely one of the reasons why it sold so quickly when they decided to sell it in 2017. The property, which was listed on April 26th, 2017, closed on July 25th, 2017.

“It was a pleasure to assist my clients with the sale of their home,” says Melissa Murray of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the listing agent for the property. “I was also their buyer’s agent when they purchased the home, which needed an extensive amount of work. It was truly a labor of love. They had incredible vision and could see the home’s full potential.”

The beautiful home features a kitchen with custom wood cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a large island, a butler’s pantry with a wine refrigerator, and gleaming hardwood floors. Designed for style and comfort, the family room includes a cozy oversized wood-burning fireplace, a wall of windows that offers water views, built-in bookshelves, and hardwood floors—the perfect setting to entertain family and friends or simply relax and enjoy the views. With a charming balcony overlooking the front yard, a fireplace, a walk-in closet, and a spa-like master bath with Carrara marble, a separate shower, and a tub, the master suite, which also offers water views, is absolutely luxurious. The property also includes a recreation room, a screened-in porch overlooking the lush backyard, an in-ground pool, and lovely landscaping.
“Listing this home was such a joy for me because I was able to experience the incredible transformation firsthand,” says Murray. “The decision to move wasn’t easy for the sellers, but they found a waterfront property that is literally their dream home.”

Melissa Murray (listing agent), Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 443-995-2626 (cell), 410-224-2200 (direct),, Buyer’s agent: Deb Laite, Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland, 443-326-6891 (cell),,