When buying a home, it can be difficult to find a property that meets all of a family's needs and desires. The Weiss family found one in Annapolis that fits like a glove and has lived happily there since 2007.
Their brick contemporary rancher, built in 1973, sits on the banks of Lake Ogleton, which opens out to the Chesapeake Bay. The home is defined by its unique interior under a cathedral ceiling and the massive, angular-framed front window with a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace in the center.
Alan Weiss, a 51-year-old doctor specializing in integrative, holistic and anti-aging medicine, and his wife, Kim, a 44-year-old registered nurse and practice manager for her husband, purchased the 2,800-square-foot home for $890,000.
"It suits us; we're used to small," Kim Weiss said.
What the house lacks in size, it more than makes up for in abundance of natural light. It shines not only through the front window, but also from a sunroom that, along with a large open deck, stretches across the entire back of the house. The dining room also creates a bright, spacious feel, with a wall of glass allowing light in from the sunroom windows.
It's little wonder that this heated sunroom — with its five sets of double windows looking out on the backyard with a 30-foot pier jutting into Lake Ogleton — is one of Kim Weiss' favorite places in her home.
"We have meals and entertain in there three seasons of the year," she said. "This is the room I describe as feeling like I'm a bird in a bird's nest."
The room's decor adds to Weiss' sentiment, with bamboo shades and a shelf above the windows lined with wicker baskets.
The east side of the rancher has the kitchen and a hall leading to an office, a full hall bathroom and one very large master suite, which was fashioned from combining two smaller rooms. In this master bedroom, a soaking air tub sits in front of a picture window and sliders, which open to the deck and overlook the water.
The decor of the Weiss home is casual and contemporary. The couple have collected artwork, especially framed Blue Dog posters of jazz artists, to remind them of places they have visited or lived. A floor-to-ceiling rubber plant sits in a corner of the living room by the front window, where its gigantic leaves offer the privacy of drapes without the yards of fabric.
The Weisses' two sons, Maxwell, 17, and Gabriel, 16, live in the lower level of the home. Each has a bedroom and they share a bathroom. This level also has a family room and kitchenette.
The Weisses appreciate the privacy and relaxation their home provides, given their hectic lifestyles away from it. Life in a relatively secluded area is the perfect fit for them.
"We are across the street from woods with acres of walking trails and wildlife," Kim Weiss said. "We are directly on the water that has access to the Chesapeake Bay. We have wildlife that includes beautiful herons that sit right on our dock and stand in our water. [We have] red fox, Atlantic stingrays [and] spring turtles. Our property [along with] the property directly around our home is protected land forever."
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