Tranquility on Manklin Creek

This house symbolizes all the sacrifice and hard work that my husband put in for our family.”

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Location: Ocean Pines, MD

Year built: 2020

Square footage: 5,000

Bedrooms: 6

Baths: 5.5

Acreage: .48 acres

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What Makes It Home – The Details.

The best things in life often come about serendipitously. For this newly retired couple, it was a combination of chance, curiosity, and a practical joke that set the wheels in motion for what would become their Ocean Pines dream home.

As the wife explains, on the day her husband was sailing his new boat to their former house on nearby Wood Duck Drive, she wandered into a realtor’s open house on Heron Isle Court. Positioning herself on the upper deck of the house, she called out to her husband as he was headed for the narrow canal where their home stood. He certainly did not expect to see her there, and although looking for a new place was not in their plans, they fell in love with the expansive view that encompasses Manklin Creek, Isle of Wight Bay, and the Ocean City skyline.

They contacted Robert Purcell of Beachwood, Inc. to discuss renovating the existing house but quickly discovered due to structural damage that it made more sense to raze it and start from scratch. Working effortlessly with Ocean City architect Daniele Haley, the couple managed to agree on nearly every design element that she proposed. The result is a family gathering place they describe as “pure bliss.”

A welcoming entrance hall provides an enticing view of Manklin Creek and sets the tone for the home’s stylish coastal decor, designed by Ocean City’s Tiffanie Adkins Interiors. She recalls that seeing the fully decorated home for the first time was like opening the door to an HGTV reveal. A unifying color palette of creams, blues, and corals is carried throughout the entire home. The bold, tropical-hued artwork of Salisbury artist Abbi Custis is featured in nearly every room. Working in paint, epoxy resin, and metal, the artist created visually arresting abstract and representational pieces that practically leap from the walls and accurately reflect the homeowners’ vibrant personalities.

Adkins opted for wide-plank, virtually indestructible synthetic wood flooring, and a variety of subtly textured wallpapers in muted colors that offer a beautiful counterpoint to the clean lines of the home’s furnishings. Even the bathroom shower walls incorporate captivating artistry in the form of tile inlays resembling fish scales, glass bubbles, and mother-of pearl – each a captivating art installation in its own right.

The front hall opens onto the light-filled living room with its rear wall of glass doors that fold fully to one side, accordion-style, to allow for a seamless connection to the lower level deck overlooking Manklin Creek. The room flows into a dining area to the right, providing space for both large family meals and the puzzles the extended family enjoys assembling together around the table.

The first level’s open floor plan continues into the spacious kitchen that features an iridescent, shell-tiled backsplash, a large center island, softly lit upper display cabinets, and an eat-in area for casual kitchen meals. To the rear of the kitchen are a laundry room on one side and a comfortably furnished screened-in porch on the other.

Whimsically painted metal palm trees created by Abbi Custis embellish two alcoves to the right of the living room, guiding the way to the master suite. The bedroom opens onto the back deck and houses two large walk-in closets. The en-suite bathroom features a stand-alone tub and translucent onyx counters that are lit from below to create unique nightlights.

Completing the first floor are the home office and a beautifully appointed powder room. The office features a wall of custom cabinetry built around his grandfather’s antique safe, with ample shelving to display the extensive collection of sports memorabilia. The half-bath features a stunning onyx basin resting on a painted glass cabinet designed to showcase the beauty of the natural stone.

The staircase to the second level opens onto another airy living area that offers privacy for visitors, as well as access to the upper level deck. Five additional bedrooms, four with en-suite bathrooms, are located on this level. The homeowners note that the water views from the second story remind them of being on a cruise ship. Additional laundry facilities for visitors are tucked away in an upstairs hall adorned with vividly painted surfboards, also by Abbi Custis.

The double-tiered decks that run along the rear of the home provide ample seating areas to take in the scenic water vista, which often includes playful pods of dolphins. Glass slats in the deck railings ensure an uninterrupted view, and infrared heating above the lower level enables the family to extend the outdoor season.

Gratitude and appreciation are readily apparent in the way the homeowners speak of their home. “We never could have made our dream come true without Daniele Haley, Beachwood, and Tiffanie Adkins. Their work exceeded our expectations.” Most touching is the sentiment about what the house means to them: “This house symbolizes all the sacrifice and hard work that my husband put in for our family.” That is truly something to celebrate.

Our Home Team:

Builder: Beachwood Inc

Designer: Tiffanie Adkins

Featured Artist: Abbi Custis

Architect: Haley Architecture

Home Portrait: Jim Adcock

Florist: Assateague Farm Nursery

Writer: Annette Radoff