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If You Build It, They Will Come

It’s likely that in your neighborhood there sits that one house with a meticulously groomed front yard and, if you peek around the back, a lush and gorgeous garden retreat that has you drooling as much as pet Fido on your walk. Many homeowners dream of transforming their properties into heavenly escapes where the daily grind melts away and backyard bliss takes over.

What’s Up? Annapolis Home Resource Guide 2012

  Artwork & Galleries Nancy Hammond Editions 102 Turnpins Lane, Centerville 410-758-6612 Fireplace Watson’s Fireplace 1616 York Road, Lutherville 410-321-5855 Hardware Walterworks Hardware 420 Chinquapin Road, Annapolis 410-263-9711 Heating & Air Conditioning Bob Fox Services 301-261-9079 Home Building & Design 314 Design Studio 314 Main Street, Stevensville 410-643-4040 Kevin Ridgely Contracting, Inc. 140 Truck House Road, Severna Park 410-544-6766 Lundberg Builders 314 Main Street, Stevensville 410-643-3334 Rendition Builders 410-774-4609 Home Finance Church Circle Title & Escrow 23 West Street, 2nd Floor, Annapolis 410-269-6488 Scarborough Capital Management 441 Defense Highway, Suite E, Annapolis 800-200-3870, ext 1125 Sherry Saucerman 2350 Soloman's Island Road, Annapolis 410-224-6262 Interior Design & Furnishings Transformational Feng Shui 1004 Queen Anne's Lace Way, Annapolis 410-212-1058 Kitchen & Bath Cabinet Discounters 910-A Bestgate Road, Annapolis 410-266-9195 Chesapeake Cabinet and Woodworks, 1825 George Avenue, Annapolis 443-336-2775 Landscape Design & Exterior Improvement Ciminelli’s Landscape Services, Inc. 1052 Bayard Road, Lothian 410-741-9683 Driveway Impressions 410-990-0044 Estrada Design/Build, Inc. 443-758-3480 Garden Girls Landscaping 1019 forest Hills Avenue, Annapolis 410-263-1133 Pyramid Landscaping & Development 1654 Crofton Blvd., Suite 4, Crofton 443-292-8824 Quayle & Company Design/Build, Inc. 8 Evergreen Road, Severna Park 410-647-1362 Scapes, Inc. Landscaping Contractors 252 Bayard Road, Lothian 410-867-6909 Marine & Pier Service Marine Interiors 6029 Herring Bay Road, Deale 410-212-3886 Pier Pressure 200 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Suite 300, Annapolis 443-298-0454 Painting Service Maryland Paint & Decorating 209 Chinquapin Road, Annapolis 410-280-2225 Pool & Spa Design/Service Catalina Pool Builders 836 Ritchie Hwy, Suite 8, Severna Park 410-647-7665 Pool Perfect 5730 Deale Churchton Road, Deale 410-867-7665 Real Estate Coldwell Banker–Palmer Properties 572 - A Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 410-647-2222 Window Window & Door Planning Center 1601 Knecht Avenue, Baltimore 410-242-3000  

What’s up? With Real Estate

A picture might be worth a thousand words in some circles, but in the Annapolis real estate market, it’s worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. With today’s über-professionals, gone are the days of leisurely roaming neighborhoods for house hunting. Instead, savvy realtors in Anne Arundel County use web sites, virtual tours, blogs, social networks, email, and text to forward qualified listings to clients, usually chockfull of high-quality images that help buyers narrow their choices. “It works. More buyers have told me that [these tools] are what make them ‘feel’ the property,” says Beth Tyler, a local agent with Long & Foster, who updates clients with a mix of her own high-quality photos and House on Mouse, an interactive floor plan tour. Eagles Passages Primary Structure Built: 1994 Sold For: $790,000 Original List Price: $865,000 Last Sold/Price: 1998/$360,000 Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3 full , plus 2 half baths Living Space: 4,274 square feet + 2,402 square feet of finished basement Lot Size: 1.2 acres The buyers were already familiar with the charm of this Davidsonville neighborhood, with such amenities as a pool, clubhouse, playground, volleyball court, and community pier. But by exploring the property online, “I fell in love with the house even before going into it,” says new homeowner Stephanie Heydt. Indeed, the house hardly shows its 18 years, having undergone top-to-bottom renovations upwards of $200,000. It’s a great example of how the right updates can result in top-dollar returns and quick sales, notes Long & Foster’s Deborah Laggini, the buyer’s agent. Upstairs, a sumptuous master bath contains a grand claw-foot tub, a two-person glass and tile shower with a built-in bench, and oversized separate vanities of cherry wood and granite. The large master bedroom includes its own sitting room accompanied by a gas fireplace, as well as a discrete walk-in closet with a washer/dryer. The upstairs hallway offers open views of both the soaring two-story foyer and family room. On the main level, a library, dining and living room revolve around a stunning gourmet kitchen. Creamy cabinetry with raised panel doors and corbel wood bracket finishes balance nicely against a vast three-level granite island. Perfect for multiple vices, a separate wine and coffee bar area comes equipped with a built-in Miele coffee system and wine refrigerator. A two-sided gas fireplace seamlessly joins the kitchen to a window-laden sunroom, offering plenty of room to sit and enjoy that beverage of choice. Down one more level, a finished and colorful basement includes media, game, and fitness areas, as well as a wet bar and storage area. Outside, a multi-tiered deck leads to a lush wooded lot, offering privacy and flat, grassy play space. As if the house’s features weren’t enough to seal the deal, all parties involved praised a flexible negotiation period: The sellers were preparing to build a home by the water and needed extra time while the buyers needed to wait out terms of their rental lease, so the agents worked on a creative “delayed settlement.” The result was picture perfect. Sources: Beth Tyler (listing agent), Realtor, Long & Foster, cell-443-254-5250, office-410-266-5505,, Deborah Laggini (buyer’s agent), Long & Foster, cell-410-991-6560,, St. Margaret’s Landing Primary Structure Built: 2001 Sold For: $640,000 Original List Price: $679,000 Last Sold/Price: 2009/$675,000 Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 4.5 Living Space: 3,676 square feet Lot Size: .34 acre Another great example of the benefits of online real estate images, these buyers (relocating from the Eastern Shore) originally visited the property but set it aside because of timing issues with selling their existing home. Months later and after a contract had fallen through on another home site, the buyers were doing online vetting and were pleasantly surprised to come across it again. The rest, as they say, is history. Home guides might be a good way for agents to get their names out, but online marketing is critical, notes Rachel Frentsos, one of the Long & Foster listing agents for this property. As part of one of the earliest subdivisions in St. Margaret’s Landing, the home is in a private yet established neighborhood, with its tall trees, family-friendly amenities, and easy access to Route 50, the Bay Bridge and downtown. Another favorite feature for the buyers: an ample deck that leads to an expansive and grassy backyard, surrounded by a charming white picket fence. Indoors, the new homeowners particularly love the trim work throughout the home, with its “exquisite” crown and base molding, as well as chair rails in various rooms. The floor plan is well-configured, with separate eating and desk areas in the Corian and hardwood kitchen, for example, as well as a fully-finished basement with a rec area, separate bedroom, and full bath. Most importantly, the home includes various spaces that can be used flexibly as the needs of the homeowners change, even though the only thing they plan to do now is some painting for freshening up. Sources: Rachel and Jerry Frentsos (listing agents), Long & Foster, cell-410-271-6246, office-410-260-2800,, AJ Eckert (buyer’s agent), Coldwell Banker, cell-410-271-6076, office-410-919-2643,  

What’s Up? Eastern Shore Home Resource Guide 2012

Arborist Tree Keepers 410-770-9477 Artwork & Galleries Nancy Hammond Editions 102 Turpins Lane, Centerville 410-758-6612 Troika Gallery 9 South Harrison Street, Easton 410-770-9190 Carpet Cleaning Kent Island Abbey Carpet and Floors 220 St. Claire Place, Stevensville 410-643-6752 106 Marlboro Avenue, Easton 410-822-0090 Hardware Walterworks Hardware 420 Chinquapin Road, Annapolis 410-263-9711 Home Building & Design 314 Design Studio 314 Main Street, Stevensville 410-643-4040 Friel Lumber Company 100 Friel Place, Queenstown 410-827-8811 Green Energy Design 31 North Harrison Street, Easton 410-822-5959 Lundberg Builders 314 Main Street, Stevensville 410-643-3334 Home Finance Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit 1410 South State Street, Dover 302-734-7534 Interior Design & Furnishings Choptank Closets 29516 Dover Road, Easton 410-770-3717 Higgins & Spencer, Inc. 902 South Talbot Street, St. Michaels 410-745-5192 Kitchen & Bath Friel Kitchen & Bath Design Center 100 Olde Point Village, Suite 102, Chester 410-827-8811 Landscape Design & Exterior Improvement Driveway Impressions 20 Romar Drive, Annapolis 410-990-0044 F.A. Hobson Landscaping 111 Hobson Nursery Lane, Queenstown 410-827-9614 Marine & Pier Service Pier Pressure 200 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Suite 300, Annapolis 443-298-0454 Pool & Spa Design/Service Aqua Pools 8801 Mistletoe Drive, Easton 410-822-7000 Catalina Pool Builders 836 Ritchie Hwy, Suite 8, Severna Park 410-647-7665 Real Estate Sharon Tryon, Realtor 410-604-0850 Window Window & Door Planning Center 1601 Knecht Avenue, Baltimore 410-242-3000  

What's Up? with Real Estate on the Eastern Shore

Comfort Meets Luxury on LeGates Cove Charming and remarkably private is the setting for this cedar-sided colonial gem on LeGates Cove in Talbot County. This home offers it all: four bedroom suites with masters on the main and second floors. The first floor master wing enjoys a fireplace, Jacuzzi bath with walk-in shower, dressing closets, and an attached library. All of these spaces are oriented to the water through large atrium windows and walls of glass. The great room is substantial and bright; it has both dining and entertaining areas and there is also a separate and formal dining room. The gourmet kitchen and family room lead to the pool, patios and dock, with varied outdoor spaces to gather and take in the lovely views. The second floor master suite looks out to an expansive deck with wide water views and is adjacent to the second-story sunroom. The sunroom has a fireplace with screens and panels that avail enjoyment and use year round. The great water views and expanse of lawn and garden are incredible scenes from the lofty vantage point of these second floor living spaces. This floor has an additional “ensuite” bedroom and bath… then up to the third story for the fourth bedroom suite. Privacy and space are evident and enjoyed both inside and outside of this special home. This property is further enhanced by a carriage house with space for the in-laws and an office. There are beautiful raised flower beds near the pool and an expansive pergola with setting areas. The dock offers four feet of water depth and the property includes 400 feet of waterfront on the cove. The two-acre point of land is situated on Legates Cove and sided by a protected alcove; it is an absolute unique and beautiful spot. The new owners were drawn to this house by every one of its attractive amenities as well as its close proximity to Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels. The magnificent central staircase and the water views straight through the house are both dramatic and impressive to all who enter this lovely home. This home was not long on the market as the new owners had been looking for the right property for five long years and moved on the opportunity quickly. Settling for just over $2 million, this match was perfect and in this market there is a lot to be said about timing—prices are great and buyers need to be decisive. Just like that corny old saying “you snooze you lose.” Contributions: Listing agent: Cornelia C. Heckenbach, Buyers agent: Susie Graham,

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