Many an adventure has begun by someone venturing off the beaten path. And sometimes, a new chapter begins that way, too.
Bay Creek resident, Maggie Deuel had loved the Eastern Shore since discovering it in the 1990’s. So when she and her husband, Jim Liepman, were married, they liked living in Norfolk, and had every intention of continuing to live there in their retirement.
But as Jim and Maggie got more serious about planning to retire, they decided to look outsideof Norfolk, their home of 15 years, for a place that offered things they couldn’t find “in-town.” They wanted to be able to enjoy an evening stroll without worrying about safety. They wanted to be able to look out their windows and see natural, open space. And, they wanted to stay close to their four children and their grandchild, age 11, who live in various lovely places along the east coast. Maggie was finally able to convince Jim to visit Cape Charles and stay in Bay Creek to see what the community had to offer.
Even though Norfolk and Bay Creek aren’t that far from one another, in some ways, they’re worlds apart. So how did Norfolk folk, Maggie and Jim, discover this interesting ‘Bay Creek’ place, off Route 13?
They booked a Bay Creek “Discovery Weekend” tour with Linda Buskey and were intrigued by what they discovered. “We loved it. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming,” Maggie recalls. Their friends and neighbors in Norfolk were surprised when Maggie and Jim told them they were planning to move to the Eastern Shore, specifically Bay Creek.
“They never thought we’d like it on the Eastern Shore; certainly not to live here,” says Maggie. “They couldn’t believe we were making the move,” she laughs. But once Jim and Maggie found a lot in Bayside Village, they never looked back.
They purchased a premier-view homesite on the lake in Bayside Village and soon relocated, renting a Bay Creek condominium while they designed and built their new dream home. They quickly made friends with Bay Creek and Cape Charles neighbors. Maggie works at Gull Hummock Gourmet Market in downtown Cape Charles and is Co-chair of the social committee for the Yacht Club. Jim is an active volunteer with the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society and welcomes the frustration of frequent golf outings. Together, they have begun playing in a newly-formed Pickleball group in Bay Creek. Both love the community they’ve settled into.
Last May they broke ground on their new home. And this month, they moved into a beautiful, new residence that has everything they were looking for and more.
The View from Here
Maggie and Jim are going on two weeks now in their gorgeous new home in Bayside Village. And though they’ve been busy putting things in place since they moved into their dream home in mid-March, they don’t plan to hang a lot of their artwork.
“Our art is looking out the window,” says Maggie of the astonishingly gorgeous views from their new home. “There’s art in that window, there’s another picture through that window,” she says referring to the views of the lake, golf and Bay outside. To say that Maggie and Jim’s homesite is scenic is putting it rather lightly. With 270 degree views, their homesite backs up to the lake offering choice views of the Palmer fairways and permanent unobstructed views of the Chesapeake Bay to the south and west.
“Our home was designed with the views in mind,” explains Maggie. Created by Simpson Builders of Norfolk, the Deuel-Liepman residence was custom built to take full advantage of its location, as well as other important key points. “We wanted a kitchen large enough for people to gather,” remembers Maggie. “The kitchen is where people always end up,” she laughs. The large island is ideal for guests, and with windows all the way across the back of the kitchen and living room, the views do not disappoint. “It doesn’t hurt that the work-out facility at the Beach Club and the golf course is a stones throw from our house”, Maggie says with a smile.
Mary-Dolph Simpson of Simpson Builders had a great deal to do with the charm and design of the home. “Mary-Dolph offered great ideas and suggestions throughout the design and build,” remembers Maggie. “Our home has been designed and built so there are amazing views of the water from almost every window. Our overall experience working with Simpson Builders has been a pleasure! And Mary-Dolph and her husband Howard, have truly become our friends,” says Maggie.
Friends are another thing folks seem to discover when they venture off 13 to Bay Creek. Whether it’s quarterly get-togethers with the Supper Club, playing golf with the guys, or just having a good chat on the porch, neighbors are one of the best ‘amenities’ Bay Creek and Cape Charles in general, has to offer.
From the time they first toured to the moment they opened the front door of their new home by the Bay, neighbors have never been in short supply.
“We had so many friends who offered to help us with our move, which was so sweet. Friends were there for us, and that was comforting to know,” says Maggie.
With the moving truck still in the driveway, friends stopped by and offered their help. “We had been moving all day, still had boxes and things everywhere and it was just wonderful— friends, pizza, beer and wine, a table and good friends,” chuckles Maggie. “That’s all we needed.”
Soon, they’ll be enjoying an upcoming family visit in May—an ideal way to warm a new home! Maggie says they’re especially looking forward to seeing their grandson this summer, who loves riding on the golf cart and, of course, going to the beach. For now, though, they’ll continue to settle in to their new home with those glorious views and enjoy each day in the community they’ve come to love.
—Our entire Bay Creek team welcomes Maggie and Jim to their new residence in Bayside Village. May every day be a new adventure!