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Whit Harvey Group’s Featured Properties – Garden Delights


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


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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 […]


Gibson Island Beauties – Gorgeous Listings from Nina Tracey of The Whit Harvey Group


Take a look at these gorgeous listings from Nina Tracey of the Whit Harvey Group.  To see these Gibson Island beauties, and more from WHG, click here.

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When Does a Moisture Problem Become a Mold Problem?

Mold refers to multiple types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. It is common in the natural environment and is constantly introduced to indoor living spaces by outside air, on people, and through food.

How do molds get in the indoor environment and how do they grow?

Mold spores may enter your house from the outside through open doorways, windows, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems with outdoor air intakes. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people and animals, making clothing, shoes, bags, and pets convenient vehicles for carrying mold indoors.

When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding, they will grow. Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Wet cellulose materials, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are particularly conducive for the growth of some molds. Other materials such as dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery, commonly support mold growth.

The most common types of mold that are found indoors include: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra and sometimes referred to as “black mold”) is a greenish-black mold that can also be found indoors.*

Individuals respond to mold exposure in a variety of ways. There is a large variation in individual susceptibility to the same exposure levels and the possibility of a person becoming sensitized to specific specie of mold growing in a certain location.
– Michael A. Pinto, January 2005 issue of Services magazine

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Every Garden Tells a Story

Agent Maureen Lalley and her husband are avid gardeners. So is their daughter, a caterer who harvests fresh vegetables from her parent’s garden every summer. The Lalley children are so enthusiastic about their Dad’s garden, that they recently entered it into the The Sunpaper’s Annual Garden Contest. Read Susan Reimer’s article below and stay tuned to find out how the Lalley’s score with their Ruxton garden

Gardens are Silent Witness to the Gardener’s Life
By Susan Reimer, Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014

“Every summer about this time, I spend a couple of days touring private gardens. And I get paid to do it. I am one of the judges of The Sun’s annual Garden Contest, and it might be the best part of my job.

We receive between 30 and 60 entries each year, and the other judges and I whittle the list down to between 10 and 20. We schedule the visits, load up my car with icy, cold bottled water and off we go, covering hundreds of miles over two or three days.

I know pretty when I see it, but that’s about all I know. So we take judges from the University of Maryland Extension Home and Garden Information Center along with us as the experts. I have learned so much from them over the years. But I have also learned from the gardeners we have visited.

Every garden is as individual as a fingerprint, and beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. We have seen some crazy novelty gardens and visited gardeners who never met a plant they couldn’t find a place for. And the pride of these beaming gardeners will touch your heart.

But there is more to see in these gardens than flowers. You can catch a glimpse inside the hearts and minds of the gardeners, too, and you learn how their lives have found translation in their gardens.

The widow whose engineer husband can still be seen in the borders he so carefully laid out for her. The empty-nesters who tempt the birds to take the place of their children with elaborate bird houses and feeders. The retired high school science teacher whose gardens are so well-behaved that you know he is working through 30 years of frustration in the classroom.

There’s the model train enthusiast who has created a miniature landscape for his trains. The nurse who has created a garden “room” for the yoga that takes the stress of her job away. The tropical plant enthusiast who encloses his garden in plastic each winter — and heats it. The father who creates a garden for his daughter’s wedding.

What a privilege it is to hear their stories. To see the love and all that hard work.

Some love flowers and cram every blooming variety they can find into their gardens. Others think that any space that does not produce food is a waste of earth and sunshine. But most of the gardeners we have met find a way to combine in their gardens a feast for the eyes and food for the body.

We met a Philippine couple who grew exotic vegetables we had never heard of, let alone tasted. And other gardeners who are happy with just a couple of tomato plants.

Although some of the gardeners we have visited still had children around the house — and some even gardened with them — a serious garden takes a lot of time, and many of these gardeners are retired. Some are in their 80s, and to see the amount of work they do in their gardens — splitting stumps and building walls — will make you believe in the restorative power of gardening.

I have been that younger gardener. A full-time job, two kids in school, a husband who traveled for work. My Mother’s Day present each year was six tomato plants and the time to put them in the ground. That was the extent of the gardening I could do.

But as my children grew older, I had more time for my gardens. And with each new stage in their lives, I opened a new bed.

There’s one from when Jessie got her driver’s license, and I no longer had to be the taxi. There is the one that went in when Joe went into the Naval Academy and the one he helped build before he left Annapolis for wars unknown. A garden is a good place to use the energy that fear generates, a good place to ease sadness. Something to do with the time your children used to own.

It has been a great spring, and my gardens are looking terrific right now. Just in time — and just the place — for the party to celebrate my daughter’s engagement to a wonderful guy.

My gardens tell my story, too.

Extraordinary Homes for Summer Outside from the Whit Harvey Group

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“Price Adjustment” – What does that mean?

“We need to drop the price if you want to sell your home.” Words that no seller wants to hear. Of course, everyone wants to get top dollar for their home, and your listing agent should be working hard to get you that.

But if it seems like nearby houses are selling, but yours isn’t, you and your agent need to evaluate why.







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Maryland Home is Kitchen of the Week on Houzz

Thanks to a major addition, this kitchen packs in function and looks out to a beautiful creekside vista.

When you’re fortunate enough to have water views like this, you want to make the most of them. That was the case for a professional couple in Annapolis, Maryland, with two school-age children; they wanted to highlight their home’s scenic creek-side location and the surrounding woodlands. When they built a major addition to their large coastal-cottage-style home, they used the 270-square-foot space to create a modified U-shaped layout with a large, versatile island in the middle of the room that gave them the functional kitchen they wanted.

Two walls of windows allow the homeowners a waterfront view from anywhere in the kitchen. The main double sink with drain board is positioned between one of the kitchen’s two stainless dishwashers and a trash compactor. The sink cabinets feature louvered doors for a classic coastal look.

Read the entire story with pictures HERE on Houzz.

Jeannie Matteucci, Houzz Contributor

Photography by Michael Gullon of Phoenix Photographic




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Elmurst School For Sale

4023 Roland Avenue – home to Elmhurst Nursery School is currently for sale. An neighborhood institution for 58 years, the Baltimore Sun recently ran an article about the school and it’s founder and director Margaret Louisa “Lou” Pine.

“Pine has been there ever since, keeping Elmhurst going after the death of her husband, Jonathan Pine. She now owns the three-story, six-bedroom house with cedar shakes siding, located in Rolden on the border of Hampden and Roland Park, near the Rotunda mall.

The baby boom made Elmhurst a hot school, with as many as 55 enrollees, including the children of author Anne Tyler, state Sen. Jim Brochin and restaurateur Ted Bauer, the owner of the Valley Inn and Oregon Grille.

Now, the school closes with 17 prekindergartners and kindergartners, only a handful of whom “graduated” on Thursday.”*

The home is situated on a double lot, with shade trees.

* Larry Perl, The Baltimore Sun (Click here to read the full article.)




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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 […]





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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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It’s Raining in Baltimore. What Can I Do?

Everyone we talk to is ready for spring, including my neighbor, who optimistically put up the canvas awning over his deck today. No snow in the forecast, but it looks like there is going to be some rain this weekend. But that doesn’t stop us from thinking about spring gardening, getting outside, and keeping the kids (and ourselves!) from getting cabin fever.

Here are a few things we found to do this weekend that will be fun no matter what the weather.

Friday’s After Five at the National Aquarium
Last Chance! Tonight is the last night to enjoy the low admission prices offered by the aquarium at the end of their winter-long Fridays After Five promotion. Visit the aquarium from 5 until 8 tonight for only $12. More information at http://www.aqua.org.

Greek Week
Participating restaurants and businesses in Baltimore City and Baltimore County will celebrate the Greek culture with specials, discounts, a parade and more. This Sunday, enjoy the Greek Independence Day Parade with colorful groups wearing traditional Greek attire.

Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

If you haven’t visited this city treasure in Druid Hill Park, now is the time. Opened in 1888, the historical Rawlings Conservatory is one of Baltimore’s most beautiful structures. It features five distinct greenhouse rooms, one 1/2-acre garden with many flower beds and a kaleidoscope of colors all year round.

The free “Plants and People Program”, offered every Sunday 1:30-3:30 is open to the public and all visitors are welcome. The programs are interactive, informal and experiential opportunities for visitors to learn about plants, Baltimore gardening, and the conservatory environment.

The first Sunday is “Master Gardener Clinic”, the second Sunday is “Exploration Station,” which is geared towards elementary-schoolers and youth , the third Sunday is “Sprouts,” which is geared towards preschoolers, the fourth Sunday is “Ask a Scientist,” which is great for all ages, and the fifth Sunday is “Guided Tours of the Conservatory.” Each month, there is a different theme or topic of interest.  Read More


BROKERS OPEN TODAY 12 ’til 2- Amazing House on Chattolanee Hill Rd


Sorry for the late notice folks, but Whit decided to stick with the open house, and it’s one you don’t want to miss.

Here are some notes from the website:

Property Details

Completely renovated New England-style home tucked away on a private road in the Greenspring Valley. 5,114 sq.ft. of living space. Top-of-the-line kitchen. Gorgeous sunroom. Wonderful third floor play/exercise room. New slate roof, windows and copper gutters. Two-car garage. Fabulous in-ground pool with bluestone surround and poolhouse with changing rooms and bath. Beautiful landscaping with exterior lighting. 1.57 acres.









Click Here for a great post on Why We Love Old Houses, Part II, a second in a series by the Whit Harvey Group, where this lovely home is featured.


321 Chattolanee Hill Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117