September-October 2016 | POINT PLEASANT




When it came time for the DelliGattis to pick a magical place to raise their three young children, they headed right to Bay Point Plantation in Berlin

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: GRANT L. GURSKY

With his stressful career as an emergency-medicine physician serving two local hospitals concurrently while his Realtor wife raises their three young children, Dr. Brian and Sarah DelliGatti certainly deserve a beautiful, comfortable space in which to relax and unwind. That’s why they selected Bay Point Plantation as the place they would raise their family. Having received its new occupants on Memorial Day weekend, the DelliGattis’ house embraces the best aspects of the coastal-farmhouse motif. The 3,800 sq. ft., three-level structure boasts a classic gambrel roof, cedar-Shake siding and porthole windows to enclose its five-bedroom, 4.5-bath interior. Accessing that opulence comes by way of a two-story foyer that leads to an open staircase. Slightly beyond, splendid water views of Turville Creek and surrounding marshes are revealed through two-story banks of windows that reside in the great room. Engineered hardwood Clipper Whiskey floors set a soothing yet flexible color palette when complemented by soft, gray walls with shiplap-panel accents, coffered and paneled ceilings, and two-panel camber-top plank barn doors.

In the kitchen, a miter-edged Italian-marble center island (honed for enhanced durability) weighing in at a prodigious
900 lbs. teams with matching countertops to form a creamy-white oasis where the couple and their three daughters can gather for meals. With enhanced utility from a large walk-in pantry and wine cooler, the space includes a stainless-steel Sub Zero fridge and Wolf range — with cheerful splashes of color from bright-red knobs — along with a sparkling, seafoam-green, glass-tile backsplash. But Sarah’s favorite kitchen appliance, she confesses, is the built-in Wolf coffeemaker/microwave, which produces lattes and espressos the DelliGattis can luxuriate with from their rustic, distressed-wood kitchen table, with inspiring views of not only the bay but also their 25-foot in-ground pool constructed by Trond’s Pool Care with elegant hardscaping in the backyard. Mediating the two spaces is a screened-in porch, along with a pergola-topped rear deck off the first-level guest room.

The home’s upper level offers some interesting and important features, as well, including a third-level lookout room, whose fate and function Sarah and Brian were still deliberating at press time. What has been determined is that the space above the two-car garage is dedicated to being 4-year-old Brooklyn’s, 2-year-old Kate’s and 2-month-old Maddie’s playroom.

While you’re enjoying the tour, be sure to behold the quaint chandelier that hangs in the foyer, which really pops when juxtaposed with the bright pastels and happy mermaids that splash about the girls’ living spaces, which include a bathroom that sports a farmhouse vessel sink.

Not too surprising, the master suite offers its own great water views, with wide windows, bamboo Roman shades and its own private deck. The master bath features a freestanding soaking tub, along with more of the same sumptuous white marble as the kitchen and a shower dappled with its own array of glass subway tile. There can be no doubt that for this super-busy professional couple, this picturesque home in Berlin is just what the doctor ordered.

The 12th annual Sand Castle Home Tour takes flight September 22-23, 2016.

This year marks the 12th outing of the ever-more-popular Sand Castle Home Tour, which, on Sept. 22 & 23, will open the doors to 10 exceptional Ocean City-area homes to scores of eager tourgoers from all over the Shore and beyond.

Boasting properties both oceanfront and bayside, from penthouses and beach retreats to traditional family residences, the tour’s proceeds benefit the nonprofit Art League of Ocean City, which operates the Ocean City Center for the Arts and its many community programs. Once again, the event will be chaired by Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan.

“Truly, art has a way of bringing people of all areas together under one roof,” Mrs. Hogan said. “In this case, the many roofs of those who kindly volunteered to open their homes for a great cause.”

The self-guided Sand Castle Home Tour will be held on Thursday and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., so guests can get residential inspiration at their own pace. Tickets are $30. 




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