The Sand Castle Home Tour showcases this lovely seven-acre, 7,200 sq. ft. home in historic Berlin
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Art League of Ocean City’s Sand Castle Home Tour. The 2014 outing has the theme “Looking Back — Moving Forward,” inasmuch as five of the homes on this year’s self-guided tour have been featured in past tours, while six others are first-timers. Tour goers may expect to see an eclectic selection of homes, from penthouses to beach retreats, scattered around North and West Ocean City, as well as down Rte. 611, in the Saddle Creek area.
It is precisely that Saddle Creek residence that Coastal Style decided to explore this time around. It is the residence of Kristy and Bill Hudson, who acquired the 7,200 sq. ft. home in 2008. The five-bedroom, 4.5-bath, three-level structure is the joint creation of builder Brad Soulsman, who’s responsible for the exterior, and custom-homebuilder Beachwood, Inc., out of Showell.
The home’s rich, all-oak flooring serves as the perfect platform for the earthy heirloom furniture to be found in the family room and living room, which, incidentally, boasts a baby grand from Kristy’s mom’s days in Charlotte, N.C. Aged leather and wide-weave fabrics confer airs of substance without pretense, eloquently bespeaking the essence of this down-to-earth attorney/E.R.-nurse coupling. Be sure to note the mantle wood over the stone fireplace, which comes straight from the granary that Kristy’s grandfather used to have.
One of the home’s most interesting spaces is actually the kitchen, which supports an adjacent eating area that is surrounded by banks of opulent floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors on two sides. This not only provides the conduit for floods of sunlight to pour into the space but also for guests to flow back and forth between the home’s interior and its semi-wraparound screened-in porch, as the Hudsons enjoy hosting family and friends often. The other cunning aspect of all this lower-level glass is that it yields generous views of the plot’s seven acres.
The kitchen itself is clean and efficient, with white subway-brick backsplashes over a medley of Jenn-Air and Kitchen-Aid appliances, which include multiple stoves as well as an electric wine cooler and heater. The spacious center island and concomitant countertops are in rich Verde Butterfly granite.
Upstairs, the master suite is also a sight to behold, with its 18-to-20-foot single-tray octagonal ceiling with cove accent lighting, a grand chandelier and wall sconces. The Palladian windows, meanwhile, admirably suffuse the room with ambient light, though Kristy is quick to point out that keeping them clean is practically a full-time job in itself. By the way, take a closer look at the closet at the far end of the king-size bed: It’s actually not a closet at all but rather Bill’s discreetly placed, platform-elevated home office, much larger than it appears at first glance.
On the subject of deceptively big, be sure to take note of the voluptuous master bath, which is literally the size of some Manhattan studio apartments. It features iridescent granite over double sinks; a walk-in, three-head, glass-door shower;
Outdoors, the half-acre, man-made, fully stocked pond with bridge is a unique and eye-catching feature that Bill swears he will exploit with a fishing rod as soon as he gets the spare time. We sincerely hope so: Rumor has it there are 14-inch bass swimming around in there.
The 10th annual Sand Castle Home Tour is Sept. 18-19 and may be taken on one day or two.
Tickets are $30. For more, call the Ocean City Center for the Arts at 410-524-9433, or visit ArtLeagueofOceanCity.org.
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