Contemporary Annapolis homes offer luxe accommodations on the historic Chesapeake Bay.
The expansive property at 203 President Street exudes the feeling of a peaceful vacation home.
Where there is buildable land on the Chesapeake Bay, modern homes bring new life and sleek architectural styles to shores dotted with shingled cottages and Victorian and Georgian residences (according to Historic Annapolis Foundation, the city has more 18th-century buildings than anywhere else in the country). “In the past 10 to 15 years, new home owners on the Chesapeake Bay have been moving toward modern-contemporary styles,” says Dawn Lednum, owner of Chesapeake Bay Real Estate Plus in St. Michaels, Maryland (410-745-6702). Amenities like “smart house” technology (remote control of temperature, lighting, shades, sound system, hot tubs) and oversize windows for optimal water views are prime draws.
One spacious manse—set like a crisp, white sail on a cove in Annapolis—offers perfectly proportioned, light-filled rooms, charming views, and an honorable history in its relatively short life on the waterfront. Built in 1993 near an estuary off the bay, the 5,200-square-foot, four-bedroom property has been a sanctuary for a couple with strong ties to the US Naval Academy. “They are like surrogate parents to midshipmen, who have stayed with them through the years,” says Michael Moore (202-262-7762), the Sotheby’s International agent representing the home, for sale at $4.5 million.
Working with Joseph Boggs of Boggs & Partners Architects (410-268-3797), the couple created a structure of graceful lines and sculptural spaces—an airy foyer, sweeping living and dining areas on the ground floor, and cozy guest bedrooms on the second floor, one of which has been converted into a gym. In a third-floor loft hideaway, the owners have enjoyed reading books or playing musical instruments while looking out at the views.
The interiors of the two-story President Street property boasts a modern aesthetic while offering a homey vibe.
Bleached white oak floors, soft, clean lines, banks of windows angled to catch the sun, and gallery-style recessed ceiling lighting contribute to the property’s uplifting feel. “There’s a sense of peace, contentment, and bliss in this home,” says Sotheby’s International’s Melanie Hayes (202-549-7373), a co-lister of the home at 203 President Street. “It’s like the feeling you get when you’re on vacation—when everything is in order, the temperature’s perfect, and everything’s just right. It’s so calming to look outside and see the water.”
Proximity to water is what brought the original owners here; it’s a prime selling point of the property, says Moore, who points out the nautical extras, such as a 100-foot dock and four slips. “The dock runs the whole length of the property,” he says. Here, the owners kept a Mariah powerboat and a Hobie sailboat; the two additional slips could be used by guests. The property, totaling 1.01 acres, has two subdivided areas where two additional houses could be built by the new owners or sold to a developer. “The permits are already in place, which is a nice attribute to the property,” says Hayes.
The European-style home on Margits Lane features two stories of elegant, wraparound porches.
Another glamorous, European style four-bedroom, built in 2007, with dramatic wraparound porches, double-height rooms, and elegant, unobstructed views exudes a similarly modern aesthetic at 3779 Margits Lane in Trappe, Maryland (Lacaze Meredith Real Estate, 410-228-2050). Other features include an outdoor kitchen, a waterside pool, and dockage. The home is listed for $2.449 million.
A stunning glass-fronted white structured estate at 125 Twin Cove Road (Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty, 410-643-5005) in Stevensville, Maryland, is set on a whopping 18 acres on the Chesapeake Bay. Among other selling points of this contemporary six-bedroom, 8,462-square foot home—priced at $3.975 million and built in 1992—are a balcony off the master suite, an outdoor tennis court, attached and detached garages, and a movie-star-ready indoor pool.
The comparatively coziest of this lot of modern waterfront properties is a four-bedroom in Annapolis with South River water views, at 974 Melvin Road. The $2.395 million, mid-century modern two story house (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 410-263-8686) has a rustic exterior and a wraparound, screened porch. Nestled amid lush landscaping on two acres, it has a tree-house quality. The sleek, modern interiors feature warm wood floors and skylights, while a large artist’s studio, an art gallery, and a private pier add to the allure of the property.