585 Summit Drive, Swanton, MD 21561
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This may be the most beautiful cabin style home I have ever seen. 585 Summit Drive is remarkable in every way. As you enter the driveway and begin to take in the sites, you will immediately love the expansive covered front porch and the two-car attached garage. While you take it all in, the distinctive materials used to build this home will start to stand out to you. An expert blend of natural log, stacked stone, and board and batten set this home apart. And the roof! The combination of architectural shingles and metal is brilliant. As you open the front door and enter the foyer, you will first notice the staircase to the loft level. It's unique in the best possible way, constructed entirely with natural logs. The walls are finished with barn-wood, the floors, wide-plank hardwood. Moving into the great room, you will be captivated by the beautifully shaped floor to (tongue-and-groove) ceiling windows. The astonishing stacked stone fireplace is something to behold! To your left you find a spacious dining area overlooking and astonishing view encompassing mountains and Deep Creek Lake. Turn again to see the unparalleled gourmet kitchen. Custom cabinets, quartz countertops, barn wood accents, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, and a commercial 6 burner Viking Range. A breakfast bar provides seating to this focal point of the home. Preparing anything from scrambled eggs to Thanksgiving dinner would be an absolute joy in this incredible space. From the kitchen, move to the mudroom which is home to a fun and stylish half bath with a bourbon barrel sink stand and chalkboard walls! You~ll love the wood look tile throughout this section of the home. Find the main-level laundry room equipped with authentic lockers for storage and new Whirlpool Cabrio washer and dryer. Just down from the laundry room is the massive 2 car garage which not only has plenty of space for parking and storing lake toys, but also features a second level storage space, and the ever coveted, garage fridge. Back across the house, you~ll enter the main-level master suite. It~s the bedroom you~ve been dreaming of, I promise. Pleasantly sizable with a king bed, nightstand, and dresser/tv stand and still lots of space to enjoy the wide plank hardwood floors. Look up to notice the barn wood ceiling. Feel the warmth of the natural light pouring in from the private access to the sizable deck. Enjoy the oversized walk in closet, and then enter the distinctive master bath with 2 vanities capped in quartz countertops, a soaking tub, a monumental custom shower, and a water closet for privacy. Upstairs on the loft level you will be embraced by light from the custom windows and enjoy 2 seating areas. Find also 2 large bedrooms, each with en-suite, and views of Deep Creek Lake! In the massive lower level you~ll be met by two expansive utility areas, this home is incredibly well built! 2 forced air furnaces, 2 Navien instant hot water heaters, a whole home Generac generator, and 2 reservoir tanks to ensure that no matter what happens outside, you will be safe inside! Step into the living space and enjoy the feel of cushy carpet on your feet. Play a game of foosball, or relax on the large sofa centered around the wood burning stove. Retire to one of 2 bedrooms, each with en-suite and a walk out to the lower-level patio, giving you access to the hot tub deck with lake views. Possibly saving the most amazing space for last, the deck is much more than a traditional space to enjoy the breathtaking sunsets that you~ll see from this home. It is the ultimate living space all on its. A large covered section of this outdoor gem gives way to stacked stone, wood burning fireplace, a tongue and groove ceiling, and even a ceiling fan to keep the air moving. Luxurious furnishings allow for lounging, dining, napping, anything you can dream of. All while taking in an unmatched panoramic view. Homes like this don~t become available very often. You have got to see it for yourself!
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Market Monday Stats
🏡 June 8 - 15 🏡
232 Active Residential Properties on the Market
13 New Homes Listed
8 Homes Sold
5 Homes Withdrawn, Cancelled, Expired, or Temporarily off the market
20 More Homes are now pending settlement
The average close price of homes that sold last week was $402,362.50
The homes that sold last week got an average of 94.4% of their list price
The homes that sold last week were on the market for 239 average days
The homes that went under contract were listed for an average of $479,154.95
The homes that went under contract were listed for an average of 138.5 days on the market
Lake. Life. Love.
I'm sorry to say I have not put together a blog post since Memorial Day Monday! The market has been wild and I've been enjoying every minute of it. On top of that the weather has *finally* been beautiful so I've been spending a lot of time playing tourist with the kids. This really is an amazing area that we live in! Congratulations to 2 amazing groups who bought property with me last week! The Humphrey's purchased a home in Oakland (actually one that I lived in as a kid!) and they have big plans to make it their own. The Oliverios purchased a beautiful piece of land in Deer Park and have already been enjoying it as a family!
Dreams of the summer season tend to focus on long, lazy days spent reading the latest bestsellers, napping in the rope hammock, or watching white clouds drift across a blue sky. But if you’re a homeowner, you know that summer isn’t always a day at the beach. …
By Donna Boyle Schwartz
Neglecting the Gutters
When's the last time you inspected the gutters? Even beyond the fall season, leaves and debris can accumulate enough to form clogs. Combine heavy summer downpours with obstructed gutters, and your home becomes vulnerable to extensive, expensive damage. Now, for your gutters to drain away stormwater with persistent reliability, experts recommend twice-annual cleaning. If you're tired of the hassle and hazards of climbing up a ladder to remove gutter gunk year after year, you wouldn't be the only one! Perhaps it's finally time to consider the alternative—a storm drainage system that requires zero maintenance. Guaranteed not to clog, seamless one-piece LeafGuard Brand Gutters eliminate the need for homeowners to clean—or even think about—their gutters. It's a get-it-and-forget-it solution.
Letting the Siding Slide
Exterior siding: So highly visible to neighbors and passersby, its condition says a lot about your priorities as a homeowner. But while curb appeal may be one motivation for performing exterior maintenance, there's a practical and even more compelling reason to do so. Over the summer months, dirt, mold, pollen and tree sap steadily accumulate. Unchecked, such surface imperfections could ultimately shorten the lifespan of your siding material.
Overlooking the Roof
There are summer winds that blow in from the sea, bringing welcome relief on the hottest days of the year. And then there are tenacious gales that, on their own or in the course of a summer thunderstorm, put your home at risk of considerable damage. If and when especially rough weather visits your town, don't forget to assess your roof in the aftermath. Upset shingles—whether loose, torn, or warped—are an open invitation to roof leaks and water damage.
Paying Pavement No Mind
It's not impossible to repair concrete driveways, walkways, and patios in fall and winter, but cold weather makes it a lot more difficult to ensure a satisfying result. For that reason, there's no better time than now to repair cracked, crumbling, or chipping concrete before it inevitably worsens, sometimes irretrievably. Use latex or epoxy patching compound, and if you wish to disguise the repair or give the paved area a smooth new look, applying a resurfacer.
Passing Over Pests
Insects are an unavoidable fact of life, particularly in the summer. Unpleasant though they may be, household pests are usually benign. However, it would be a mistake to forget that some critters pose a genuine threat—termites most of all. Do due diligence to prevent an infestation. Indoors, keep the basement and attic dry and well-ventilated. Outdoors, maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home, and tightly seal foundation cracks.
Forgetting the HVAC Filter
Your air conditioner works hard over the summer. Don't make it work any harder than necessary. Keep the unit running smoothly—and keep cooling costs low—by checking the HVAC filter on a regular basis (as often as once per month if you own pets or live with a smoker). While slightly more expensive washable filters can be reused, cheaper fiberglass filters, once dirty, must be replaced. Consult the manual to learn the recommended filter type for your unit.