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Whit Harvey Group’s Featured Properties – Garden Delights

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 11:00am

The latest of the Whit Harvey Group’s Featured Properties – Garden Delights


from the Whit Harvey Group Blog:


Enchanting Cottage on Private Island

Everyone knows Gibson Island for its waterfront. It has 7 miles of shoreline, which includes frontage on the Chesapeake Bay and Magothy River. The sheltered harbor is filled with boats, and the Yacht Club hosts the Junior Fleet and sailboat racing. Admittedly, the beaches are lovely, the lakes are peaceful, and there is nothing quite like a day on the water. But there is another side of the island – the inside. Let’s go there.

About two-thirds of Gibson Island is set aside for recreation, forestry and wildlife conservation. The interior of the island is filled with sun-dappled woods, meadows and rolling hills. Paved roads feel more like meandering pathways, and there is a quiet solitude that is most apparent at 624 Cotterill Road.


Nestled at the end of a tree-lined drive is an extraordinary custom-built cottage just up the hill from the clubhouse – close to all that Gibson Island has to offer, yet very private and off the beaten path. From the cobblestone driveway surrounded by landscaped gardens, to the cedar siding and French board and batten shutters, this Cape Cod was designed to enchant from the start.

Soaring ceilings, lofted spaces, skylights, French doors, and walls of windows fill the house with light. The river recovery heart of pine floors, carved antique wood mantel, window seats, dry bar and other custom details will fill you with delight. You can be master of all you survey from the second story loft.


Curl up on one of the built-in window seats flanking the wood-burning fireplace in the living room and watch fireflies dance on the sweeping back lawn from […]


Featured, Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden, Ruxton

Psst… Contemporary House And 10 Acres For Sale, Quietly, In Ruxton

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014 12:30pm

Hot House: 8 Bowen Mill Road, Ruxton, MD 21212


Contemporary-style, Charles Richter designed house in painted brick, circa 1989. Three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms over 5,572 square feet and three levels, with gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, family room, multiple fireplaces, master bedroom suite w/walk in closet, built-ins, home office/in-law suite w/separate entrance, custom designed wine cellar in finished basement, attached garage. Forced air heat, central a/c.  Bluestone patios, swimming pool, on 9.5 + landscaped acres: $2,100,000 Read More →

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0 Written by: | Friday, May 23, 2014 10:00am


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0 Written by: | Friday, May 16, 2014 2:00pm


From The Whit Harvey Group Blog:


A Home for Keeps in Homeland

If you are looking for a classic 4 bedroom Georgian with a garage, in Homeland, look no further. A professionally landscaped front yard and flagstone path lead you to the front door of 108 St. Albans Way.

Large enough for a family yet intimate in feel, it is perfect for a couple or a couple of kids. The tree-lined streets encourage evening strolls, and the property is within walking distance of several area schools including Friends, The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, and Gilman.

Tastefully updated by the interior designer owner, the house is beautifully appointed throughout with wainscoting, fluted molding with rosette corners and hardwood floors. New plantation shutters were recently installed providing privacy, while letting in the sunlight.

The grand front entrance, formal dining room, living room with fireplace and cook’s kitchen, come together to make this home perfect for entertaining. Designed with cooks in mind, the eat-in kitchen, features a stainless steel Wolf range with a pot-filler faucet above, granite countertops and custom cabinetry.

Two walls of windows in the slate-floored sunroom addition let the outside in, and provide a view of the flagstone patio and private backyard. A powder room is adjacent to the kitchen and sunroom.

The upstairs offers four generously sized bedrooms, including the master suite, with luxurious bath, double closets and window seat. Two of the bedrooms share a buddy bath, and one bedroom at […]


Gibson Island, Homeland, Real Estate, Home & Garden, Ruxton


0 Written by: | Friday, May 02, 2014 9:00am


From The Whit Harvey Group Blog:


Goose-Farm Cove: Private Sanctuary just North of Towson

This custom-built home overlooking Loch Raven Reservoir is one-of-a-kind and beyond move-in ready – it is phenomenal. The view alone is worth a thousand words, and the interior details are too numerous to mention. But we’ll try. Read More →

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Thunder Hill: 9 Private Acres, Glorious Views, And All of Ruxton At Your Feet

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 12:39pm



Hot House: 1811 Circle Road, Ruxton,  21204

Single-style colonial, circa 1883, with L-shaped later addition. Slate roof over main house, asphalt shingle roof on addition. Six bedrooms, 5.5 baths over 6,033 sq. ft., with entrance hall, formal living and dining rooms, eat-in kitchen, butler’s pantry, multiple fireplaces, original architectural details, hot tub, 3 car garage, partial a/c. 9.27 acre hilltop property: $1,585,000 

What: The John Wayne of houses — big, simple and a little creaky —  with an innate dignity and an incorrigible aspect. It’s a storybook setting, magical for children, but  perhaps best suited to owners with an easy-going, tolerant disposition. Built in 1886 by the Fisher family as a summer home, it has since been owned by assorted Finneys, Seilers, Cromwells and Tates, and lived in year-round since 1936.  There were once cows grazing on the hillside, horses, a pond, a tennis court and a vegetable garden. It  has been well-loved and well-maintained. You could live here happily for many years and never feel the need to improve  a thing. But after awhile (if not sooner), the lack of a master suite, the lemon yellow bathroom tile, the beige formica kitchen cabinets — or some other old-fashioned aspect of the house — is likely to set off a mania of home-improvement. There’s a risk that either the house, or a change-obsessed homeowner could lose their soul in the process, which would be a shame. Read More →

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0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 25, 2014 10:00am


From The Whit Harvey Group Blog:



Homeowners: Don’t lose potential buyers! 5 things to remember:

Recent statistics show that 90% of homebuyers are searching for their next homes online. It used to be that a buyer would look at the Sunday paper filled with listing and upcoming open houses. They might drive by a listing, or go through an open house. If they were working with a buyer’s agent, that agent would keep them up to date on new listings as they became available, and take them to see potential properties. That was the only way to see the inside of the homes, unless there was a printed flyer in a box on the sign with a few badly smudge interior shots.

Things have changed, and homeowners need to remember these 5 things:

1. You need great photos.

A buyer searching online will pass over a listing that has no photos available. Pictures are interesting, pictures sell, and they all need to be good in order to snag the interest of a buyer. This means both interior and exterior shots. You may have the most fantastic house on the block, but if you have bad pictures, you may lose buyers that you never even knew about. If the photos don’t entice them to take the next step, there will be no next step and you’ve lost them.

2. 79% of buyers will drive by a house based on what they have seen online.
You’ve gotten a buyer’s interest, and they decide to get in the car and drive by the house. What will they see? Freshly mulched beautiful landscaping, or an overgrown garden with lackluster shrubs and bare patches in the grass? Is the front walk in good shape, and the door painted a bright color, or are there cracks in the sidewalk and empty planters. How many buyers may choose to keep driving because the front entry is not welcoming? Make sure the front of your home looks great all the time, not just for open houses and showings.

3. The number 1 most important room is the kitchen.
How does your kitchen stack up to those in other neighborhood listings? Walk through local open houses, or use the Internet to see the inside of your neighbor’s home for sale. Do they have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops? Do you? How can you make your kitchen more desirable to a potential buyer?

4. Highlight unique details in photos and listing information.
Have you done a lot of up upgrades? Are there custom features in your home that a buyer cannot find elsewhere? Is there a rich history to the house that makes it unique? Make sure that your realtor is aware of these things and can share them with potential buyers.

5. Outdoor living spaces.
Don’t forget the outdoor spaces when photographing your home. In Baltimore, we have three seasons we can spend outdoors, and if your home features a great view, awesome deck, or sparkling pool, brag about it. Porches can be staged with rocking chairs and potted plants. Highlight how decks and patios make outdoor entertaining a must with dining sets and comfortable seating.

What are the things about the house that excited you when you purchased it, and what do you hope house hunters will be excited about? Buyers tend to go with their emotions, make sure that your is up to the task of creating good ones.

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Greenspring Valley, Real Estate, Home & Garden, Roland Park, Ruxton


0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 10:30am


From The Whit Harvey Group Blog:

The Whys Behind the Blue Porch Ceiling

My neighbor just refinished his bead and board porch ceiling, spending hours sanding and staining. It looks great, but I’ve always been a fan of a blue ceiling on porches. I even took a photo of this beautiful porch ceiling at a house in Ruxton, (sold by Nina Tracey last year), so that I could remember the color.

I mentioned that to a friend at dinner last night, and she asked me if I knew how blue painted porch ceilings originated. I admitted that I had always thought it was just to mimic the sky. I was wrong. There is a whole history behind that blue. Read More →

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Grand Ruxton Mansion on Bellona, Circa 1923: A Father’s Wedding Gift

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 12:00pm

Hot House: 7206 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton, Baltimore, 21204

bellona avenue mansion

Provencal style mansion in stucco with slate roof and copper trim, circa 1923, with later addition. Five bedrooms, 5 baths, 4,906 sq. feet over 3 stories. Marble foyer, formal living room with stone fireplace, formal dining room, sun room. Trish Houk custom kitchen leads to family room w fireplace, master suite w/ fireplace, separate spa tub, shower. Stone hardscaping and patio, unfinished basement, sound and security systems, heated 2-car garage, extensive landscaping with mature plantings on 2.5 acres: $2,595,000 Read More →

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0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 11:00am



From The Whit Harvey Group Blog:

Sounds of the city and why we like them

What do you hear when you are having your coffee in the morning? How about from your yard, bedroom, or home office? At 621 Benston Place you can hear the sounds of birds singing in the large trees that edge the property, the fountain on the stone patio, neighborhood children playing, and cheering from the Gilman School field that is 280 steps away, just across Northern Parkway. Read More →

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