“Sherwood Green” is part of Bruning Paints Historic Color Selections and was specially mixed for the houses in this unique community. Sherwood Forest began its life as a summer camp for families in nearly urban areas who wanted to escape to the woods and water of the 467 acre development. The Sherwood Forest Club initially built thirty-five Mission Style cottages of wood construction whose exteriors blended into the colors of nature; along with the “Sherwood Green” the other color choices were brown or white. The original simple floor plans contained one or two main rooms, a wood burning brick fireplace and screened porches to enjoy being surrounded by nature’s sights and sounds. The earliest cottages had running water and bathrooms but no kitchens and water was turned off in October and on in April. Residents took meals in five dining halls built throughout the development and the only telephone was located in the camp office.
Over the years, Sherwood Forest has grown to 370 homes with amenities including an archery pit, beaches, basketball court, bowling alley, General Store. golf course (9 holes), library, marina, multi-purpose clubhouse, Nature Lab, pier, pickleball court, Post Office, swimming pool and tennis courts in addition to fields throughout the development for badminton, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volley ball. There is also a very popular Children’s Summer Camp Program. Trails for walking and mountain biking in the outer forest meander through the preserved natural woodlands and a two mile loop around the waterfront has vistas to both Brewers Pond and the Severn River. Golf Carts outnumber cars on the neighborhood streets.
After WWII and continuing into the early 1950’s, residents began to renovate their cottages for full-time living. Exposed studs around the perimeters of the houses were infilled with insulation and covered with gypsum board. This charming “Sherwood Green” cottage with white trim is “tucked” away in its woodland site and a wooden walk leads to the main level screened porch that spans the full depth of the house with water views through the woods. From the suspended walkway above the undisturbed woodland floor, one feels you are entering a tree house. Stairs from the walkway also lead to the lower level screened porch and to the grade below. The main level screened porch is a delightful outdoor room with skylights inserted into each side of the pitched ceiling of exposed roof rafters and decking.
The main floor layout of open plan living, dining and galley kitchen has sloped ceilings with skylights, wood floors and white walls with windows on its three exterior walls to reflect the sunlight. The corner master bedroom also has a sloped ceiling with a skylight and windows on both exterior walls for views to the landscape. The other corner bedroom has a flat ceiling with exposed ceiling rafters and decking painted white below. Above this bedroom and the adjacent hall bath is a loft area reached by a ladder with daylight from another skylight.
The lower level screened porch is stacked directly below the main level screened porch creating one-third of each living level open to nature. The porches have ample room for sitting, dining and play areas. One could easily be tempted to bring a mattress into the porch for camping out under the “tent” of the pitched ceiling and star gazing until you fall asleep. The lower level contains another galley kitchen, sitting area, three bedrooms and another bath. This arrangement is perfect for extended stays of family and friends and has been the summer retreat for three generations of this house’s family over 48 years who have so many “merry” memories of this special place. No doubt another lucky family will soon fall under the spell of this charming cottage tucked into an enchanted forest.
For more information about this property, contact Brian Wood at Long & Foster-Christies International at 410-224-2474 (o), 410-279-2474 (c) or brianwood email@example.com. For more photographs and pricing, visit www.BrianWoodHomes.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”. Photography by TruPlace, 301-972-3201
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Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.