Hot House: 1291 Hollywood Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403

Modern, farmhouse-style waterfront house, circa 2000, with asphalt roof, vinyl siding, concrete slab foundation. Five bedrooms, four and a half baths over 7,210 sq. ft. Private peninsula with 310 feet of shoreline, waterfront pool, large pier and eight feet of MLW (mean low water). Docking for multiple large boats. Completely updated and move-in ready. Double-height entrance foyer, nine-foot ceilings, two glass fireplaces. Open plan main floor with living room, family room, large gourmet eat-in kitchen. Main floor master suite with dressing area, marble bath and glass shower. Third floor “lighthouse room” with beacon. All with water views. Zoned heat and central air, driveway for three cars, one-acre property: $2,995,000 

Open House: Sunday, April 7, 2-4 p.m.

What: A nice house in a spectacular setting, surrounded on three sides by water and facing south. The interior has many of the touches you would expect in a luxury home of this era — a theater room, lots of marble, interior columns — as well as a “personal pool,” which seems to mean a small pool. A fun touch is the third floor tower room, designed to look like a lighthouse. Inside is a blinking beacon that you can turn on to guide you home across the water at night.  Listed for sale in 2017 at close to $4M, several price chops have recently made this house more interesting. If you’re looking for a reason to be in Annapolis this weekend, go have a look.

Where: The house fronts onto Fishing Creek, just south of Annapolis, in a community called Arundel On The Bay. It’s five miles to downtown Annapolis from here, or about a 15-minute drive. Across the water is Kent Island. Fishing Creek has some historical significance, as well as some ecological importance as a nursery for nearly every kind of fish that lives in the Chesapeake Bay.

Why: Water views, boating access.

Why Not: Federal flood plain. Rising seas.

Would Suit: Climate change deniers, optimists.

NB: In the 1940s Arundel by the Bay became a choice summer resort community for wealthy African-Americans, mostly from Washington, D.C. After the 1970s, the population shifted, and today the community is home to both black and white residents.