The front elevation of this one and a half story house looks like an advertisement for Southern Living Magazine with its Colonial style architecture, full front porch and muted colors of the brick foundation and lap siding. The massing is very appealing with the garage wing’s wide front gable, the main five-bay wing’s front gable roof dormer centered over the front door with the windows at each side and a smaller wing that telescopes down at the side. The house offers several opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with the front porch and decks overlooking the rear yard that ends at a road instead of an adjacent property. Part of the rear deck is covered by the attic roof overhang with a partial roof for shade.
The front door with its graceful elliptical fanlight opens onto an open plan entry, dining and living areas defined by dropped beams that mark the boundaries for architectural interest. The dining room’s two windows overlooking the porch bring filtered light into the space and the chandelier and the large rug anchor the Queen Anne style furnishings. The living room’s wide wall opening brings light into the hall and the fireplace flanked by built-in millwork with arched tops echoes the arched transoms above the tall windows overlooking the deck. An angled doorway at the corner of the living room gives a diagonal view of the family room with its rear bay-shaped wall of tall windows that wrap around to sliding doors with transoms to the deck. Opposite the family room is the kitchen whose base cabinets’ footprint echo the angles of the family room. The breakfast area was especially charming with a side bay window and sliding doors to another deck. Behind the kitchen is the mud room/laundry connected to the two-car garage.
The master bedroom suite and guest room suites are located next to the main living areas. The master bedroom’s rear wall is also bay-shaped and infilled with double window units for views of the rear landscape. Two guest rooms with a Jack and Jill arrangement complete the bedroom wing. Upstairs is another bedroom suite and the rest of the floor is open to the wall and roof framing. Endless possibilities for storage, studio, office, playroom…
I love Cooke’s Hope setting and the amenities of this development are outstanding. I always enjoy driving through the tree lined streets of this neighborhood when I am researching houses-the brick sidewalks, walking trails, waterside picnic pavilion and ponds that are sanctuaries for wildlife are a few of the outdoor amenities. This traditional style house on a quiet dead-end street has curb appeal, a great floor plan with easy flow among the entry, dining, living, family, kitchen and breakfast areas, a variety of outdoor spaces, one level living and expansion possibilities for the attic floor.
For more information about this property, contact Cornelia Heckenbach at Long and Foster Real Estate Inc., 410-745-0283 (v), 410-310-1229 (c) or email@example.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”. For more photographs and pricing visit www.stmichaelsmdwaterfront.com , “Equal Housing Opportunity”.
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.