Family-Oriented and Focused in Ocean City

It wasn’t just a regular project; this became our dream home [because of] the collaborative efforts of everyone involved. Each person added their own piece of the puzzle.”

Creig Northrop

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Location: Ocean City, MD

Year purchased: Mid-1990s, renovations finished in 2018

Bedrooms: 7

Baths: 5.5

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What Makes It Home – The Details.

Standing on the dock of Creig and Carla’s Ocean City home, it’s easy to see why they were immediately captivated with this very special waterfront property. The kitchen and living room open directly onto an expansive waterside deck that projects over Assawoman Bay. The water is right there, as is the glorious salty breeze blowing off it.

To have awe-inspiring views was a top priority for the Northrop family as they renovated their single-family home over the years. In fact, the incredible water views are a highlight in just about every room in the house, made even more immediate from the moment the front door is opened giving you a direct sightline to the bay.

The Northrops purchased the property from the previous owners after knocking on their front door to ask if they would ever consider selling, something that came natural to leaders in the real estate industry. The adventure started there, as the previous owners took them up on the offer. It’s one of their favorite stories about the place – how it was simply meant to come to them, destined to be designed into their dream home. The first priority for them, after the purchase of the house, was capitalizing on the panoramic water view. To do that, the family opened the kitchen and living areas into an open-concept design, eliminating columns that obstructed the view from the entry to the waterside. They also raised what was previously a sunken living room area so that the floors were level throughout the main level, using European white oak flooring to become the unifying element.

In the kitchen, Carla’s favorite room in the house for its family gathering capacity, the Cambria quartz countertops are mirrored around the stovetop and on the commanding center island. White cabinets with minimalistic drawer pulls are accented by gray, glazed subway tiles in the backsplash. Seating for ten around the island invites family and friends to relax and connect as wine is served from a tall wine cooler and meals are prepared with professional appliances. The custom range hood over the stove is a stunning contrast in dark blue, and there are several upper cabinets with glass doors to feature accent pieces in neutral tones. The sleek, white cabinetry and quartz counters define the kitchen which seamlessly unfolds into the adjacent family room, a cozy space complete with a circular sofa perfectly centered underneath a large nautical ceiling fan. Pops of orange in the accent pillows complement the warm neutral fabric of the sofa and the cool blues of the two matching armchairs. The main level is completed with a small rustic wood table, adorned with a lovely seasonal flower bouquet, courtesy of Flowers by Alison.

Abundant space for gathering also includes a more formal dining room richly finished with darker tones to create dining ambiance. A darker geometrically patterned rug sits underneath a glossy black, round dining table with seating for eight. A modern multi-light chandelier hangs above the table, ready to illuminate special moments. In the living room, the center fireplace creates a cozy sense of place with its river rock surround and a stunning (and original to the home) stone carving of a heron, reaching from floor to ceiling and making it the main focal point of the house from any angle. Hanging above the central living room is a rusticated wood chandelier, draped with teardrop crystals — a gorgeous visual whether looking up at it from the ground floor or from eye level when viewed from the second floor overlook.

Walking up the first set of stairs to the landing opens visitors up to the first of the guest bedrooms, tastefully appointed in misty soft greens. On the second-floor landing, two more bedrooms are accessible for guests: one designed in a nautical theme, complete with a model sailboat and views out to the bay, and one designed with warm peach tones, complete with a vaulted ceiling and en-suite bath. In the hallway between the two rooms is another full bath with a single vanity and mirror that extends to the ceiling and a tub-shower combination.

On the other side of the open hall, the owners’ bedroom suite emerges, which truly is a masterpiece. Walking first into the private master study, Creig and Carla have maximized the extraordinary panorama of water to be viewed and experienced even when working at the beach. Windows line the waterside wall of the bedroom, and the soft tones evoke a peaceful place of respite. Perhaps the piece-de-resistance in the master suite is the modern starburst chandelier that hangs in a cathedral-esque ceiling that rises above the bed with light streaming in through clerestory windows to welcome the morning sun. The master bath is a work of art in itself. A large, European open shower with two rainfall showerheads and natural stone tile dominates the room with a double sink and beauty vanity running along the opposite wall. On the far wall, a flamingo and sunset painting with yet another pop of orange enhances the luxury bath. “I wanted to have a pop of orange in each room,” says interior designer Michelle Drury, “to warm up all of the cool neutrals.” The combined-effect of the warm orange accents with the soothing neutrals throughout the house provides a relaxing and welcoming retreat.

On the second-floor level across from the owner’s bedroom is another guest room done in soft gray (Popular Gray throughout, by Sherwin Williams) with a light pink pillow accent. Another full bath on the second floor completes the layout on this level.

Perhaps the ultimate destination in the house, though, is on the third floor. Halfway down the second-floor walkway is every child’s dream — a spiraling, circular staircase. This one, done in bright teal, is a striking contrast to the cool grays and, as expected, leads to a loft space tucked inside the cupola with two twin beds for younger visitors. Windows surround three sides of the room much like a pretend lighthouse, and a small walk-out balcony gives the youngest guests in the house near 360° vistas of the water.

With soothing neutrals at every turn, from the first floor to the third floor of this spectacular home, the Northrops reimagined this home with extraordinary vision and created their family dream home. The bay is always only steps away — a true Ocean City dream come true.

Our Home Team:

Builder: T&G Homes

Designer: Drury Lane Interiors

Realtor: Northrop Realty

Home Portrait: Sandra Glassman

Florist: Flowers by Alison

Writer: Tarah Threadgill

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