Step inside the stunning summer retreat of Baltimoreans Bill & Cathryn Corey, whose home on Old Bridge Road is the centerpiece of the 2018 Sand Castle Home Tour
The waterfront stretch of Old Bridge Road in West Ocean City contains some of the most picturesque coastal homes in the area. Bill and Cathryn Corey’s summer home is no exception, and its multifaceted architecture renders a truly one-of-a-kind residence.
The Coreys constructed their home from the ground up after agreeing to spend their summers in Ocean City, a place they considered a peaceful alternative to their primary residence, in Baltimore. They selected the lot because of its stunning marina views and the waterfront’s potential for docking their boat.
Avid hosts, the Coreys envisioned the home as a summer oasis that could easily be used to accommodate and entertain guests. They wanted their home to be inviting, open, sophisticated and, most importantly, unique. They enlisted the help of Chris Pattey of the Becker Morgan Group to aid them in bringing their dream designs to life through his architectural creativity. In early summer 2017, the Coreys finished construction and officially moved into their waterfront home-away-from-home.
The house stands three stories tall and can be easily spotted by its breathtaking navy exterior accented with white trim. Its unique architectural design incorporates a series of complex angles, which include multisided projecting rooms, tower roofing, balconies and plentiful yet variably shaped windows. When admiring the home from the street, you’ll likely find your eyes wandering in a multitude of directions.
To offset the bold angles of the home’s exterior, Cathryn chose a sleek and uniform interior with a minimal range of colors. In fact, there are only three wall colors used throughout the entire home — Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart and Sherwin Williams On the Rocks — which inadvertently yet conveniently match the gray-fur tone of the family’s two rescue cats. The simple nature of the color schemes and trim molding delivers a sophisticated, modern vibe.
The kitchen and living areas embrace an open concept, with tall ceilings and minimal barriers between spaces. Ample seating provides opportunities for the family and guests to easily congregate. An array of enormous windows of varying shapes and sizes allow natural light to pour inside while offering stunning panoramic views of the marina.
With six bedrooms, each with its own attached bath, there is plenty of space for not only the Coreys but also guests. The master bedroom, which is the only bedroom on the ground floor, provides a separate entrance to the home and includes a spacious walk-in closet and its own fireplace. The adjoining master bathroom combines roominess and luxury with a massive, brightly tiled, circular shower.
Through two separate staircases and an elevator, the upper floors are easily accessible for the Coreys’ two teenage daughters and guests. The third floor’s octagon-shaped corner bedroom is a favorite among the Coreys’ guests because its series of angled windows makes it an ideal observatory for overlooking the marina. The third floor also provides an additional full kitchen, which mirrors the ground floor kitchen and provides extra convenience for guests.
Because the Corey’s planned to predominantly reside here during the warm summer months, they invested significant effort into developing their outdoor space. The external area fuses coastal living with modern luxuries, such as a hot tub, firepits and a large outdoor shower, among countless other amenities.
A roomy rectangular pool surrounded by deluxe lounge chairs paints a luxurious picture that feels as though it’s been pulled straight from an ad for a five-star Caribbean resort. The backyard also includes a pool house, which stores an additional washer and dryer set, so family members and guests can conveniently wash wet bathing suits and towels when returning from the beach or pool.
Perhaps one of the most appealing outdoor attributes is the spacious two floors of deck space. “We like to sit on the top deck with our guests and witness the fishing boats returning to the marina,” states Cathryn. She adds, “It’s fun to look at the flags and see what the fishermen were able to catch that day.”
The Coreys are eager to unveil their home to the public during the 2018 Sand Castle Home Tour (September 20-21) and proud to help support the Art League of Ocean City.