Spy House of the Week: Trappe Traditional


The aerial of this 99 acre property with its 10,000 sf house shows how it was sited at a bend of Trappe Creek to take advantage of its panoramic views. The dock, large pool, tennis and basketball courts offered a range of outdoor activities. The rear elevation of the brick house shows its Georgian style with a hint of Adam’s influence in the elliptical and semi-circular transoms over the windows and doors.

From the center two-story wing, the house steps down to one and a half story wings and the garage wing is perpendicular to the house to break up the massing. The focus of the rear elevation toward the water were the full length porches on both floors. The porch columns were perfectly proportioned for their height and the second floor porch railing was a pleasing mix of vertical rails accented by panels of the “Union Jack” design.

The interior vistas of the house began with the front door that opened to a one-story foyer then beyond through a wide elliptical arched opening to the dramatic curved stair, through a central hall that ended at a pair of French doors with an elliptical transom and sidelights to the porch facing the water. One side of the central hall was open to a spacious living room and the other side was open to an equally spacious dining room. The rear walls of both rooms had a pair of French doors with elliptical transoms flanked by wide floor-length sidelights to the porch and water views beyond. Another vista through an elliptical arched opening was centered on the fireplace of the family room beyond. One of my favorite vistas was a hallway that ended at a painting above a hall table behind an antique rug over the beautiful hardwood floors.

The dominant interior design color palette was shades of blue with accents of red and light yellow. The yellow walls of the kitchen highlighted the Owners’ collection of blue and white ceramics and art. The kitchen and family room had pitched ceilings with exposed wood collar beams to add volume to this large space.

The bedroom of the ground floor master suite was furnished with a four-poster bed, other antiques and a corner fireplace. French doors and wide windows offered views of the landscape and the water beyond. I especially liked the column capital sconces that flanked the lavatory cabinet of the master bathroom.


For more information about this property, contact Glenn Sutton with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 410-280-5600 (o), 410-507-4370 (c) or gsutton@ttrsir.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity Photography by Sean Shanahan Photography, 703-582-9462, sean@shanahanphotography.com

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

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.

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