Waterfront property gets bright makeover


November 30, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

The house on Whitehall Creek has a few dozen windows with views of the adjacent water and the treed landscape, but it wasn't always that way.

When Allen Durling saw it five years ago, the one-story house didn't have a walk-out lower level either. But he liked what he saw: a modern house in Anne Arundel County, with 850 feet of frontage on the water, and a private deep-water pier and boat lift.

"I walked around the house and looked at the water, and I said, 'OK, I'll buy this house,' " Durling said. "My Realtor said, 'Don't you want to go inside?' "

When he did, Durling found the open floor plan and high ceilings appealing.

Before long, the semi-retired engineer was adding more than two dozen large windows, moving walls and turning the crawl space beneath the contemporary house into a bright lower level with a fireplace and bedroom. Durling did much of the work himself and with friends, and he has the photos to show it.

"And I had so much fun," he said.

About the house : The house, at the end of a long driveway, has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one powder room. There are three working fireplaces. Most floors are wood and most rooms have views to the water at the edge of the property. A carport holds three cars.

On the main floor, the living room's cathedral ceiling is punctuated by a ceiling-high brick fireplace. The dining room, with a free-standing fireplace, has a glass wall that opens to an indoor pool. The resistance pool is 5 feet deep, and the room has a greenhouse-style alcove amid its glass walls.

An eat-in kitchen, done with black appliances and lined with white cabinetry, also opens to the pool room. The kitchen also features a built-in beverage cooler and walk-in pantry.

The master bedroom suite includes a walk-in closet with built-in racks and floor-to-ceiling storage cubes, a bathroom with a whirlpool tub and granite vanity, and a hallway washer and dryer.

A guest, or second master, suite has a walk-in rain-style shower and two-sink vanity; another main-floor bedroom is used as an office.

Address: 1038 Whitehall Cove, Annapolis, 21409

Asking price : $1,998,000

Taxes: $15,098

Size: The house has more than 6,000 square feet and is on 3.34 acres.

Features: Durling wanted to ensure the lower level was not dark during the day, so he installed a wide, glass-paneled staircase illuminated by a large skylight. Beneath the stairs is storage.

He made the facing wall nearly all windows and glass. "I wanted to let a lot of light in," Durling said.

The downstairs is dominated by a large family room with a stone fireplace open on two sides, each with a slate hearth. A laundry room, bathroom, office, workshop and bedroom take up most of the rest of the lower level.

Listing agent : Charlie Buckley, Long & Foster, Annapolis, 410-266-6880.

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send photos and a description of the property to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Real Estate Editor, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Questions may be sent to homes@baltsun.com.

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