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Barns of South County Photgraphed

Traveling southward along Anne Arundel County’s Route 2, where the road’s alias “Ritchie Highway” turns into “Solomons Island Road”, is a reminder of our agricultural past. Miles after the South River Bridge and the development boom occurring in Edgewater, shopping centers give way to swaths of farmland and fence posts. It’s here, along offshoot roads from the Route 2 stem, where old reminders of cash crop culture, working the land, and country living dot the landscape—look closely and you’ll see many traditional barns, from red-washed gambrelroofed to tobacco curing examples.

Transforming Trees: Breathtaking Bonsai Well Within Reach of Beginners

Forty years ago, most of the public had never heard of bonsai.

What's Up? with Eastern Shore Real Estate: November 2012

New Waterfront Luxury in St. Michaels

Tale of Two Holiday Homes

Decoration Inspiration Abounds in Duel Properties--One in Annapolis, Another in St. Michaels.

Seeing is Believing

Custom conservatories and sunrooms offer bright views and natural scenery. Initially, our appreciation of exotic or out-of-season plants helped spur the development of these mostly glass structures. In Roman times Tiberius enjoyed cucumbers grown under sheets of mica. In the 17th century, Louis XlV enjoyed oranges throughout the winter, thanks to excellent growing conditions in the dramatic Orangerie at Versailles, which featured tall, arched glass windows facing south. In the 18th century, many of the gentry, such as George Washington, liked pineapples. Numerous “pineries” (heated greenhouses for pineapples) were constructed.

What’s Up? With Real Estate

Sellers have always had the option to delist a house and relist it later if interest is weak, but with today’s crazed real estate market, the listing/delisting/relisting process has become more prevalent than ever before. In this month’s what’s up? with real estate, we share profiles of Annapolis homes that have successfully navigated the relisting waters.

The Sum of its Parts: An Annapolis Home Adds Up to a Sumptuous Sanctuary

Behind a bed of rhododendrons and daffodils, in an elevated corner of this Cape St. John backyard, sits a "reflection chair," offering a quiet refuge from the city just minutes away, panoramic views of Boyd's Cove, and frequent glimpses of the area's wildlife. The chair, like the rest of this unique Annapolis residence, proves it's the tucked-away details that truly make a house a home.

The Big Year in our own Backyard: Bird Watching in Maryland

“Once a birder always a birder,” says Talbot County resident Jane McConnell. “I always have my binoculars with me, whether I’m standing on the back porch or biking.”

Autumn Glory

Make Colorful Chrysanthemums the Focal Point of Your Fall Garden.

What's Up? with Eastern Shore Real Estate: October 2012

Modern design and well-equipped kitchens abound in these two beautiful waterfront homes.