Posts Tagged ‘Eastern Shore VA real estate’

This Cozy Waterview Cottage In Oyster, VA Is Move- In Ready For Tons Of Summer Fun 2018

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Looking for a cute little getaway cottage with waterviews ? This 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in the tiny fishing village of Oyster, VA could be perfect ! Priced at just $179,900, it has been throughly renovated– new paint, new carpet, new Trane HVAC system, Rinnai water heater, appliances and more. Sit on your large covered front porch overlooking sleepy Oyster harbor and enjoy watching the boats go by. Or launch your own boat at the Oyster ramp and cruise out to some of the very best fishing on the Eastern Shore. A great location as Oyster is only about 10 minutes from the soft sand beach in Cape Charles as well as 2 marinas, Palmer and Nicklaus golf, restaurants, shops, etc. Good vacation rental potential too. Move right in, this great little cottage is ready for lots of 2018 summer fun!

 

 

 

 

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AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT LOTS ON THE ENTIRE EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Aerial summer view-1Located in a tiny upscale waterfront neighborhood near the historic town of Eastville, VA, and priced at $495,000, this spectacular 6.7 +/- acre building parcel with high banks and loamy soils offers a special opportunity to have a spacious property with deep boating water on a colorful saltwater inlet. Plus simply amazing views out to the Chesapeake Bay, views that will never get old!! Buying a waterfront lot and building a custom home offers exciting opportunities to refine exactly what you want in a home, take advantage of modern building materials and create a special design that reflects your own personal style. If you love skies painted in deep pinks, golds and purple, this parcel’s East-West orientation offers the chance to showcase views of inspiring sunrises from your breakfast nook and brilliant sunsets across the water from your great room and deck. ( Also imagine the pearly moonrises and moon sets ! ) Let this exceptional property introduce you to the unique laid-back, coastal lifestyle of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Call Blue Heron Realty Co. at 800-258-3437 for more information. And check out our website for other opportunities. Owner is a licensed Virginia agent.

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Located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore Near Cape Charles, VA This Contemporary Style Home Offers Beachfront Par Excellence!

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

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A lovely maritime forest shades this spacious 3 story, 4 bedroom and 4 bath beach cottage of about 3800 sq. ft. sited on over 2 acres with 200 feet frontage on one of the most beautiful soft sand beaches on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Priced at $999,000, this home features newly refinished oak hardwood floors, granite & ceramic tile treatments thru-out, elegant eat-in kitchen, living room with fireplace, huge master suite with elegant bath & walk-in closet, huge recreation room, formal dining room – all overlooking the spectacular sunsets on the horizon of the Chesapeake Bay. Beachcomber’s delight and a great home for entertaining! Also, 3 car garage, third floor loft, entry level guest suite & bath, grand waterviews from nearly every window in the house, beachfront patio & decks. The impressive beach neighborhood offers private walkways to the beach, community pool and tennis club, dock access to private fresh water lake for canoe/kayaks. A fantastic house on the beach of your dreams! Close to the historic little town of Cape Charles, VA with lots of amenities including golf, marinas, restaurants, shopping and galleries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JUST RECENTLY LISTED! “Magnolia” A Spectacular Brick Waterfront Home With Dock in Cape Charles, VA.

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

111 Creekside Ln Cape Charles-print-004-9-Exterior Front-4200x2362-300dpiLocated in the charming historic beach town of Cape Charles, VA in the impressive Plantation Pointe village at Bay Creek Golf Resort, “Magnolia” was designed with a traditional Southern flair, combining the classic with the nostalgic in a modern waterfront home with all the bells & whistles. Offered at $1,700,000 and located on a partially wooded 1.12 acre lot on a wide saltwater inlet from the Chesapeake Bay, this magnificent home of over 7000 sq. ft. offers 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half baths, 3 fireplaces, 4 balconies, an amazing chef’s kitchen, a spacious media room, mahogany paneled library, a 3 car garage and a backyard dock. From the gracious entry foyer with gorgeous inlaid magnolia mosaic to the broad rear patio with in-ground pool overlooking blue waters, this stunning home is ready for you and your guests and entertaining in brilliant style. Bay Creek offers miles of soft sand beaches, Palmer and Nicklaus Signature golf, jogging trails, pool, tennis, on-site restaurant and more along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Just 5 minutes to the Cape Charles Historic Area with yesteryear architecture, quaint shops, restaurants, theatre, art galleries, boat ramps and 2 marinas. So if you are coastal by nature, come discover the allure of our Eastern Shore Lifestyle ! Call us at 800-258-3437 for an appointment to view this very special home.

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Live The Eastern Shore Waterfront Life!

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

15871622_454166924972971_3837683010458265046_nYou’ll feel like you are on a relaxing vacation everyday in this delightful 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath custom built, contemporary waterfront home on a high wooded knoll with a multi-slip dock & good boating water. Priced at $629,000, located in Machipongo on the scenic Eastern Shore of Virginia, just 15 minutes to all the great shopping and golf amenities in Cape Charles. Sited on a large lot on a quiet cul-de-sac, this spacious home with southern exposure and great water views offers coastal living at its best. Top of the line construction, great window package, chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, dual ovens, kitchen Island breakfast bar, masonry fireplace, intercom, recessed lighting, hardwood floors, custom bathroom tiles, full walls of near floor-to-ceiling windows for enhanced water views, Hunter Douglas blinds, etc. are just some of the upgrades in this lovely home. Filled with natural light, quite open and airy, with 14′ ceilings in Living Room and 12′ ceiling in family room. Family Room, kitchen, eat-in area (other Rm2) & living room are all open to each other, offering great water views and fabulous entertaining opportunities. Nearly every room opens onto the full house length back covered porch area. Large Master Bedroom with huge walk-in closet, Jacuzzi style tub and large shower with decorative tiles. Large bonus room over the oversized 2 car garage, perfect for fitness room/home theater/bunkhouse, etc. Multi-slip dock with seating, boat lift and plenty of space for all your other other water toys. Check out http://www.blueheronva.com/boating_properties/

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Just Listed — An Eye-catching Coastal Home Offering Beauty, Quality And Durability Plus Access To Fabulous Amenities !

Friday, October 20th, 2017

22104390_625480684508260_2455364247179813752_oLocated in the historic waterfront town of Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, this beautiful like-new 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom home offers total first floor living. Priced at $424,999, its bright, expansive and open floor plan makes enjoying the Shore’s relaxing coastal lifestyle a breeze ! Spacious gourmet kitchen offers custom granite and tile plus new Hunter-Douglas blinds. The large dining area enjoys lots of natural light from the dramatic floor-to-ceiling bay window. Great home for entertaining with large great room featuring gorgeous wood floors and a new gas fireplace. Low maintenance, with Hardie Board and stone siding. Located on an Arnold Palmer Signature fairway at Bay Creek Golf Resort, its covered and open porches provide the perfect place to watch some fun golf action. Lots of neighborhood amenities including Palmer and Nicklaus Signature golf, lovely soft sand beaches, swimming pool, tennis courts, walking/jogging trails, restaurant, pro shop and more. And lots of town amenities too– shops, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, theatre, fabulous ice cream parlor, etc. This home is a great buy !

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Little City By The Sea- Lunch In Wachapreague, VA

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Wachapreague, Virginia, AKA  “Flounder Capitol of the World”,  AKA  “Little City By The Sea”, is also the home to  the  Island House Restaurant,  one of  Virginia Eastern Shore’s most picturesque waterfront dining spots.  Located on our seaside, along  the salty banks of  a deep inlet from the Atlantic Ocean,  not far from some colorfully named towns like Horsey, Painter and Modest Town, Wachapreague is a tiny Victorian-era  town.  Tiny as in population 232 per  the last census.  Although it’s  known East Coast-wide  for superb  fishing and its super-popular annual “Marlin Catch and Release”  tournament,  for my husband,  its main claims  to fame  are  the fabulous crabcakes and elegantly presented , fresher than fresh, soft shell crabs served at the Island House.

Which brings us to last Sunday, a  sunny and warm but not too warm day, perfect for a little drive and a late lunch.  And  hubby had a hankering,  a hankering that he felt could only be satisfied by a  sauteed lightly in butter,  aromatic with “Old Bay” spice,  flecked with tiny pieces of chopped parsley,  served only when golden brown,  delicious to the very last morsel, big fat crabcake from the Island House.  Served with  the crunchiest coleslaw ever, fresh green and purple cabbage sliced paper-thin,  their creamy house slaw dressing drizzled on top, self-toss at the table,  making their coleslaw the best  around these parts.  And who was I to deny such a hankering,  I who could so easily envision some of their  sweet potato wedges,  deeply orange, sprinkled lightly with sugar, an appetizing  aroma  wafting up from a  smidgen of cinnamon  ?    Yep, let’s do it.

The sea and seafood and the visitors who come for  same are  the lifeblood of Wachapreague, thus the little marine-oriented businesses you pass driving in on Main Street– the  bait and tackle shops, a detached garage converted to a colorful ocean-going kayak  shop,  a couple of  bed and breakfasts,  a quaint little general store, decorative decoys painstakingly handcarved. Down the little side streets,  a mixture of Victorian homes and traditional style cottages,  some for sale.  And along the shoreline facing Atlantic Avenue,  a busy marine railway, a large public boat ramp, a big private marina,  the smaller Town marina,  the weathered cedar-sided Coast Guard station and VIMS, the renown Virginia Institute of Marine Science,  which has pioneered so many of the state-of- the- art  clam and oyster aquaculture practices used not just in Virginia but nationwide.

And of course, smack-dab on  the inlet’s shores stands the  Island House Restaurant, tall and proud, sporting weathered cedar shingle siding, ready to delight the senses.  And not just taste but sight, smell and feel.  An al fresco lunch on one of  its multi-level waterfront decks yields not just a delicious meal but a chance to bask in the sun, soft and tangy sea breezes tickling across the skin,  fish jumping and  geese honking as they head down the inlet, boats passing to and fro as they return to or launch from the boat ramp,  shorebirds soaring and calling nearby, the  faint glitter of sand on Cedar Island far away.   We especially love the sight of  boats in the distance as they travel the narrow channel which winds through the great swaths of deep green marshland,  creating the optical illusion that  they are not really floating in water but  instead actually glide  along on the  grass itself.  This is  because, as you gaze towards the horizon, you can no longer see the blue inlet waters, only the great salt meadows of  fertile  green marsh grasses stretching on and on and on,  a truly beautiful sight, and as   boats  head back in from the Ocean they seem to be just sliding across the grass, white on green,  towards  port.  But enough about fish and geese,  boats and marshgrass,  lunch was served,  time to savor those crabcakes and sweet potato wedges.

(Posted by Marlene Cree, licensed Virginia agent with Blue Heron Realty Co., 7134  Wilsonia Neck Dr., Machipongo, VA)

For Sale At Historic Arlington Plantation Overlooking The Shores Of The Chesapeake Bay On The Eastern Shore Of Virginia

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Along the south shore of  the Old Plantation Creek inlet where it converges with the Chesapeake Bay close to what is now the quaint little town of Cape Charles,  Arlington Plantation was founded on the Eastern Shore  VirginiaThis special site is one of the most historic properties in our nation yet its significance is  little known.   For many centuries this area was inhabited by native American Indians, until occupation by English settlers of this site  and the area up to the Kings Creek inlet three miles north, Sir Thomas Dale established the first permanent settlement of English colonists on the Eastern Shore in 1617 known as Dale’s Gift.  Here, half a century later, a plantation was founded by John Custis II whose prosperity was demonstrated by the construction of the most magnificent mansion on the whole of the Chesapeake Bay.  Apparently he named the plantation in honor of his family’s benefactor, Lord Arlington,  although the name was possibly derived from the English village Arlington-Bibury,  home to the first generation of the Custis family.   More than three hundred fifty years after Arlington mansion first rose high above the waters of Old Plantation Creek,  the name itself still lives on, engrained in the minds of all Americans as the land upon which  thousands of  American soldiers rest eternally,  Arlington National Cemetary.

National recognition of the Custis name began when, in 1759, the widow of John Custis IV’s son Daniel, Martha Dandridge Custis and the heir to Arlington Plantation,  married army Colonel George Washington when he was only twenty-six years old.  As was the custom of the times, on his way to becoming the father of our country,  Washington  managed the affairs of his wife’s property here on the Eastern Shore.  And in the  paradoxical  twists and turns of history,  Martha’s great-granddaughter, Mary A. R. Custis to whom both Arlington estates passed,  married another young Army officer, who would become, like George Washington, an icon of the American story.  It is indeed ironic that Robert E. Lee would take reluctant command of the Confederacy’s  Army of  Northern Virginia which strived to split the nation that was hardwon by his wife’s  legendary ancestor,  its first President.   And so the prestigeous Custis family,  which founded Arlington Plantation on the Eastern Shore and Arlington Plantation on the Potomac River, links  George Washington, the Revolutionary War and the founding of our nation with Robert E. Lee,  the Civil War and the near destruction of the nation.

The name of the Custis family ancestral plantation, Arlington,  lives on today in the American consciousness despite the destruction of its mansion more than two-hundred fifty years ago.  In the early part of the nineteenth century, Martha’s grandson George Washington Parke Custis, who was adopted by General Washington and his wife as their son, built a mansion near Mt. Vernon overlooking the Potomac River.  He called it   “Arlington”  after the first Custis home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the vast lands surrounding  his mansion  became the National Cemetary after the Civil War.  The  Arlington mansion on the Eastern Shore was abandoned sometime during the early part of the 18th century.  Its ruins were pilaged and what was left eventually became buried in the farm fields surrounding its site,  the only evidence of its grandeur that remained were the prominent tombs of John Custis II and his grandson, John Custis IV.

During the spring of 1987,  an archeological survey of the Arlington plantation site near the Custis Tombs revealed sections of a brick foundation for a very large structure that was covered by a foot of soil plowed over a hundred years of farming activity. During 1994, an intensive archeological investigation of the cellars of the mansion was conducted. Eye witness accounts of the mansion dating from 1709  offer brief glimpses of its size,  elevations and orientation to the Chesapeake Bay.  As well, the beautifully  preserved historic records in Northampton County courthouse provide additional sources of information about Arlington.   A 1688 reference about a visit to the house in a lawsuit filed that year is one of the first mentions of a separate dining room in an early Colonial home in Virginia. This annecdote substantiates the archaeological findings at Arlington which determined the house to be the most architecturally sophisticated house of that period,  at least fifty years ahead of its time.*

Such a large home,  built of brick masonry,  required laborers and materials and facilities for making the bricks. It is believed that the kilns for firing the newly made bricks are located 3/8 mile south of the ruins on a 15 acre tract of land that contains a modern two bedroom home and barn with horse stable.  Behind the home,  hidden in the forest and covered with the detritus of fallen leaves,  vines and dirt are piles of old and crumbling bricks.  That site is at the head of a shallow tidal pond that probably provided the water necessary for mixing the brick clay.  This property is one of several  now offered for sale by Blue Heron Realty Co. located on what were the original Arlington Plantation lands.

This house on 15 acres was built in 1999  and offers ultimate  seclusion,  peace and quiet with a  location only 1/2 mile from the Chesapeake Bay and its sparkling sand beaches.  With its vaulted ceiling over the great room and kitchen, an easy living lifestyle goes perfectly along with its private rural setting. Originally planned as a complimentary guest cottage for a larger manor home on the property, this cute cottage has a very spacious master bedroom with ensuite bath and walk-in closet and a guest bedroom with full  bath. The enclosed porch overlooks the 2 acre fenced horse paddock and barn. The paddock is encircled with an underground electric dog fence and behind the barn is a four unti professional quality dog kennel. See redlined property in aerial photo at top of page.

Also available for purchase is a beautiful Bayfront lot with 100′ of frontage on the Chesapeake Bay with a sandy beach shoreline and spectacular  sunset views to the west. Purchase of this lot offers membership in the Arlington Homeowners Association with benefits to use the boat ramp on Plantation Creek and the beautiful common area beach at the point of the entrance of the creek into the Chesapeake Bay, one of the best swimming spots on the Shore. See aerial photo with red arrow. Contact David Kabler (david_kabler@hotmail.com 757-647-1755) at Blue Heron’s Cape Charles office, 757-331-4885, for further information and an appointment to see these two special property offerings.

(*”Archeology at Arlington:Excavations at the Ancestral Custis Plantation, Northampton County, Virginia”; by Nicholas M. Luccketti; published by the Virginia Company Foundation and The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.)

(Posted by Marlene Cree, licensed Virginia agent with Blue Heron Realty Co., 7134  Wilsonia Neck Dr., Machipongo, VA)

10 Tips On Great Places To Buy Renovation Materials For Historic Homes In Virginia

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Unlike most coastal areas, the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a treasure trove of historic homes,  indeed entire little  Eastern Shore towns consist almost completely  of  well-loved old  homes.  And buying a historic home that needs renovation is an addictive process.  At Blue Heron Realty Co.  we  get a lot of calls  from people who are just starting to think about the possibility of acquiring  a historic home in Virginia ,  be it waterfront,  in a quaint coastal town like Cape Charles or a home out in the country, maybe even on acreage along the Chesapeake Bay.    At first blush,  dealing with an old home may seem somewhat  overwhelming,  scary even.  But then curiosity sets in, a Stage I desire to at least get out there and explore what’s  for sale,  see what  homes are available at what price,   investigate what architectural styles  are most appealing to one’s own aesthetics—  Colonial ?   Federal ?   America Four Square ?  Arts and Craft ?   Possibly the very popular  Victorian style home, one of my personal favorites  ?   Stage 2 involves falling in love with a particular home, seeing one’s self  living and loving  life there.   Stage 3 involves the  home inspection,  a through review of the home from roof to crawl space to assess the condition of the home  in preparation for Stage 4,  which is the evaluation of the costs of the renovations that the inspection showed were necessary.  Which brings us to the really fun part,  Stage 5,  which is the evaluation and pricing of the renovations that your aesthetics say are necessary.

Stage 5  is so much fun because it involves the selection of items that will make your old house come to life again using authentic  restoration products that maintain the historic ambience that attracted you in the first place.  What could possibly be more fun than that,  short of Stage 6 which is  moving into your  historic home and beginning the actual restoration process  ?   So from plumbing to hardware,  here are 10 categories of  places to help you find  great reproduction or renovated  products to use to your restore your very own Eastern Shore historic home.

  1. Plumbing- Affordable Antique Bath &  More, Inc.  www.bathandmore.com.   Lots of choices for bath redos, including claw foot tubs, pedestal sinks and more.    Also  Sunrise Specialty Products, www.sunrisespecialty.com,  which has interesting rolltop tubs with pedestal bases as well.   Also Signature Hardware, www.SignatureHardware.com ,  which is a family owned restoration products business dating back 75 years.
  2. Roof – Preservation Products,Inc.  www.preservationproducts.com Products for restoring and beautifying  roofs and masonry walls on historic homes.
  3. Siding– Ward Clapboard Mill- www.wardclapboard.com.  Historical vertical grain clapboards for restoration projects. Also Carlson’s  Barnwood Company, www.carlsonsbarnwood.com, suppliers of antique building materials including antique wood beams. The Conklin  Barnwood Co., www.conklinsbarnwood.com specializes in barnwood for various uses.
  4. Porches and Stairways– Cinder Whit & Company.  www.cinderwhit.com , Specializes in products to restore porches and stairs, lengths up to 12 feet.
  5. Lighting Restoration Lighting Gallery, www.myrlg.com specializes in vintage and reproduction lighting and lamps including repairs.  Also Barn Light Electric, www.barnlightelectric.com ,  vintage reproductions. as well as Pully Lights, www.pulley-lights.com , turn of the century light designs.  Authentic Design Co, www.authenticdesigns.com ,  handcrafted period chandeliers, sconces, etc.
  6. Kitchens– The Kennebec Company, www.kennebeccompany.com , which designs and builds  period-inspired kitchens for historic homes. Also Crown Point Cabinetry, www.crown-point.com , which designs and builds period cabinetry.
  7. Kitchen Appliances– Elmira Stove Works, www.elmirastoveworks.com , which sells vintage styled appliances.  Also Good Time Stove Co., www.goodtimestove.com , which sells restored antique kitchen ranges including electric conversions.
  8. Flooring-Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, www.wideplankflooring.com , premium wood flooring for restorations.  Also Craftsman Lumber Co, www.craftsmanlumber.com, custom milled flooring, paneling and wainscoating.
  9. Hardware– House of Antique hardware, www.hoah.biz , reproductions of classic American design hardware  from Federal style to Art Deco.  Also, Van Dyke’s Restorers, www.vandykes.com, a huge selection of reporduction hardware. The Historic Housefitters Co., www.historichousefitters.com specializes in hand-forged iron,  pewter and tin, Williamsburg Blacksmiths Co. , www.williamsburgblacksmiths.com, specializes in reproductions of early American hardware.  Londonderry Brasses, Ltd., www.londonderry-brasses.com offers reproduction brass hardware  which are made from  lost wax castings of  period originals. Kayne & Son Custom Hardware, www.customforgedhardware.com ,  crafted custom hardware for interiors and exteriors.
  10. Miscellaneous–  Decorator’s Supply, www.decoratorssupply.com, specializes in reproduction ornamental plasters and woodwork for period remodeling. The Bendhein company, www.restorationglass.com ,  specializes in creating restoration window glass.  Nest & Company, www.nestandco.com , specializes in items for  Arts and Crafts period homeowners. The Persian Carpet company,  www.persiancarpet.com specializes in reproduction designs for carpets for homes from the Arts and Crafts period. Bradbury & Bradbury, www.bradbury.com,  offers  Persian styled wall and ceiling papers for Arts and Crafts homes. Historic Houseparts, www.historichouseparts.com , is a company which sells various architectural salvage and restoration supplies. Classic Gutter Systems, www.classicgutters.com, offers old world stle heavy duty gutters in copper and  aluminum. The Americana company, www.shutterblinds.com offers authentic Colonial period wooden blinds.  Vintage Fans, www.vintagefans.com , offers sales and restorations of vintage fans made in the US between the 1890’s and 1950’s. And the Vintage Door Co., www.vintagedoors.com , offers handcrafted vintage doors in any design in any wood you choose.

With a treasure trove of companies selling everything from claw foot tubs to electric conversions of  kitchen wood ranges and all things in-between it ceases to be so scary or overwhelming to contemplate buying a historic home here on Virginia’s  Eastern Shore.    With a real sense of adventure and a can-do spirit,  Spring is a great time to set out to purchase  the perfect historic home to call your  very own and get started on the exciting path of restoring  it to its original beauty.  ( Check out the historic homes for sale on www.blueheronva.com,  some terrific opportunities are available now. )