Spy House of the Week: “Snug Cove”

Like many sites on the Eastern Shore, a meandering road leads through the woods to “Snug Cove”. The front elevation of the story and a half house is a traditional architectural style with the front door flanked by tall windows with shutters and two dormers above, a smaller depth wing and a double garage. Not unlike other waterfront houses, the rear of the house is dramatically different to open up the house to Leadenham Creek. The main floor wall of windows at the dining room, the screened porch with triple windows behind it to the great room and a two-level screened deck pavilion with a hot tub all offer expansive water views. A large dormer at the second floor creates a spacious master suite complete with a deck for star-gazing.  

The great room, sunroom, kitchen and dining room with their water views are the hub of the house and the rooms flow seamlessly to create wonderful spaces to relax with family or for entertaining. I liked the dining room with its sloped ceiling, the rear wall of windows and the window and door to the adjacent screened porch for long views to the water.  The interior design with the wood table, wood sideboard, art, pendant lights and the texture of the dining chairs creates an inviting space to linger over a meal. The adjacent sunroom/screened porch and the outdoor “pavilion” would be perfect spaces to relax after a day on the water. I especially liked how the pavilion had a two-level floor so the hot tub on the lower area did not block the water views from the upper level seating area.

The spacious master suite was simply irresistible to me. The large bedroom had a gambrel shaped ceiling for interior architectural interest. The TV armoire and  fireplace are flanked by pairs of French doors that lead to a deck for “bird’s eye” views to the water. The lovely wood furnishings, a patterned rug over the beautiful wood floors and upholstered seating completed the serene look.

 

 

For more information about this property, contact Kurt Petzold with Chesapeake Bay Properties at 410-820-8008 (o) 410-310-1050 (c), or kpetzold@goeaston.net “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.

Spy House of the Week: St. Mary’s Square: Tarr House Transformation

James Braddock’s eighteenth century urban design for St. Michaels created St. Mary’s Square as a residential street with public open space.  Unfortunately, only half of the square remains today whose boundary is defined by a ring of nineteenth century homes. William Tarr made his living from the water and his home, circa 1860, is one of the largest and best preserved. The front elevation retains its original massing with a main wing, full front porch with a decorative handrail and eave brackets under a hipped metal roof and a secondary “telescoped” wing.  The lap siding, 6/6 windows with wood shutters and the wood shake roof have been carefully preserved. Remarkably, the rear yard still includes two detached outbuildings one of which was the original kitchen.

The house has been restored and renovated by a developer with a special appreciation for historic preservation whose portfolio includes houses in the Historic District on Locust, Carpenter and Fremont Streets. To update the house for today’s living, a rear addition added space on the main floor for a kitchen/family room and screened porch. The second floor of the addition added a spacious master bedroom with exposed beams and double pairs of windows, a master bathroom with both a shower and a claw foot tub, a half bath and another screened porch. The original main floor contains the center stair between the living and dining room and the “telescoped” area is now a bedroom and bath for a main floor master suite or guest bedroom. The original second floor bedrooms and bath remain. The windows, deep elliptical archways with wood trim, refinished hardwood floors and the fireplace surround and mantel evoke another era.

My favorite rooms were the second floor screened porch where I could imagine falling asleep on a hammock while catching a gentle breeze and the room behind it tucked under the “telescoped” wing with a gambrel shaped ceiling and exposed beams. I would use that room as a TV room and combine it with the screened porch to make a perfect indoor/ outdoor family room.

 

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 info@corneliaheckenbach.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.

Spy Architecture Lecture by Simon Jacobsen Set for January 19

The Spy is pleased to announce that Simon Jacobsen will make a presentation of his firm’s work over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend on Saturday, January 19th, from 5:00 to 6:30 at the St. Michaels Inn in St. Michaels. Simon is the son of Hugh Newell Jacobsen and they formed Jacobsen Architecture in 2007.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Our Habitat Jenn Martella, summarized their work recently in the Spy and we have re-published it here: 

My second job as an architectural intern was with Gini L. Pettus & Associates in Atlanta. The focus of her practice was interior commercial architecture but we both enjoyed discussing residential architecture and soon discovered our mutual admiration for the work of Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

After I moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004, I was delighted to discover two of his houses from excursions with friends on the water. After visiting the firm’s website, I learned that Jacobsen had designed several houses in Talbot County and his Bachelor of Arts degree was from the University of Maryland. I like to think that on breaks from his studies he made sojourns to the Eastern Shore to enjoy the peaceful pre-Bay Bridge rural architecture and landscape.

What I admire about Jacobsen’s work is how he drew his inspiration from the distinctively American vernacular rural architecture-sheds, smokehouses, detached kitchens and barns. The essence of his iconic style were series of pavilions devoid of ornamentation that evoked Shaker architectural design. His contemporary interpretation of the “telescope” houses of the Eastern Shore, became, in his gifted hands, simple geometric plans with gable roofs and chimneys that rose through the steep roof planes to become sculptural elements. His unique style set him apart from his fellow second-generation Modernists peers.

He also designed houses ranging from Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ home on Martha’s Vineyard to the “1998 Life Dream House,” Life Magazine’s promotion of houses designed by famous architects whose plans were made available to the public.

His son Simon is the Founding Principal of Jacobsen Architecture and explains his firm’s design philosophy as “…our detailing is deliberately sparse and linear in order to enhance the spaces within and without … the site is the dominant factor. The quality of the light upon that particular area of earth is always unique and determines the path the architecture will take.” The firm’s houses on the Eastern Shore embody that design philosophy and my favorite of the Eastern Shore houses is the original Green Residence that as of 2017 has a new owner.

The Greene Residence was built on the Wye East River close to the Chesapeake Bay. The client, a New York advertising executive, retained Hugh Newell Jacobsen in 1971 to design a year-around house. On one of his first visits to the site, the client sprinkled cedar seedlings along the shoreline that have matured into a tall grove to protect the house from the winter storms off the Bay and to frame and shade the exquisite house.

Like the older houses of the Tidewater, the Green house has white walls and steep roofs but the similarity ends there. Unlike historic Tidewater houses, this plan’s massing and functions are organized into pavilions defined by the function within. Some of the pavilions are linked by connections with walls of frameless panes of glass resting on brick sills for a striking solid/void juxtaposition of wall and glass. Other pavilions are slightly shifted from each other with just enough space for construction workers to accomplish their tasks. The lack of exterior soffits, gutters and trim is a careful and deliberate abstraction of traditional detailing.

Many of the pavilions have floor to ceiling glass panes at the main level to create an “outlook” to the landscape and water beyond. Above the large glass panes are two levels of multi-paned transoms. The bottom row is open to the main floor of the pavilion and the upper row becomes windows for the second floor. The lack of interior trim allows the wall and floor planes to seamlessly merge and the steep pitched roofs with dormers creates delightful spaces for the guest suites or the loft for the Owner’s artistic endeavors.

The Green house consists of six pavilions. There are two center pavilions with the front pavilion being the entrance hall and support functions. Behind the entry pavilion a short hall leads to the rear sitting room pavilion that faces the water. The rear corners of this dramatic room are floor to ceiling glass panels and the massive chimney rises through the pitched ceiling. At the front corners, glass walled connections on each side lead to two pavilions that are set on a diagonal to the entry and sitting room pavilions. The kitchen/breakfast and dining room pavilion is on the right and is slightly shifted from the garage pavilion by a solid connection. Off the kitchen pavilion, the long pool reaches out to the water and a fence hides the motor court of the garage pavilion. On the left, another sitting room pavilion and the master suite pavilion complete the composition. Terraces off the sitting rooms offer expansive views of the water.

Two guest suites were located on the second floor. One suite is accessed by a “U” shaped cantilevered stair that floats above the floor of the diagonal sitting room pavilion and the other suite is accessed by a spiral stair in the kitchen pavilion. Since the two suites are separated by the main sitting room pavilion, they have total privacy.

The interiors are white to better reflect the light from the varied sources and the firm’s signature “Eggcrate” bookcases are found in the diagonal sitting room. The Mid-Century Modern furnishings include the leather and polished chrome Le Corbusier sofas and the wood Scandinavian dining room table and chairs. It would be very difficult for this architect to choose a favorite detail but the vista from one of the glass-walled connections through the glass corner of the adjacent pavilion to the water beyond was breathtaking.

The Green Residence is a masterpiece of a gifted architect’s vision of domestic architecture in the early 20th century. The photographs that accompany this article were taken last year and belie the age of this iconic house.

Jacobsen Architecture was founded in 2007 by Hugh and Simon Jacobsen and is the recipient of over 140 awards in architecture, design and interiors. The firm’s work spans from much of the US, Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Besides many accolades and publications, the firm has been nominated for the AIA’s Gold Medal four times and is longest running recipient of Architectural Digest’s AD100, the magazine’s list of the top 100 design talents internationally. The Jacobsens are currently working on a new book to be published by Rizzoli titled “Jacobsen Architecture: 12 Houses by Hugh and Simon Jacobsen”.

If you are one of the lucky few on the Eastern Shore to own a Jacobsen house, please contact the Spy as we would welcome another opportunity to feature more of these unique American houses.

For further inspiration, visit the firm’s website . Photographs of the Green Residence courtesy of Sean Shananhan Photography, Sean@shanahanphotography.com, 703-582-9462. 

The Spy is pleased to announce that Simon Jacobsen will make a presentation of his firm’s work over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend on Saturday, January 19th, from 5:00 to 6:30 at the St. Michaels Inn in St. Michaels MD, 1228 S. Talbot Street. Click here for ticket sales.

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.

Spy Holiday House: Boxwood Hall

This is my second holiday card to Spy readers and I am delighted to feature the Easton home of Jeffrey Parker. Jeffrey is a native of Cambridge, MD and received an undergraduate degree in interior design and architecture from the University of Maryland at College Park. After working for a roster of international clients for prestigious firms in Washington D.C. , Muscat, Oman and New York City, he established his own interior design firm in New York city in 1998.  

After spending weekends in his East Hampton home for 20 years, the Eastern Shore beckoned and he bought a weekend house in Cooke’s Hope in 2012.  The two-story traditional brick house had a detached garage that was connected to the main house by a breezeway. Upon moving into the house Jeffrey then began his transformation. A second floor above the garage became a family room with guest bathroom, the screened porch became a French-doored sunroom and the two structures were united by a breezeway with French doors leading to the newly constructed swimming pool.

After solving other interior architecture issues, Jeffrey turned his discriminating eye to the interiors. Moldings and custom finishes added a layer of elegance and each of the bathrooms were redesigned. The dormant third-floor space became a proper third floor for the residence which now has two generous guest suites. What had been a large attic was transformed by the addition of three traditional dormers on the front façade and a shed dormer on the rear elevation to expand the space.  

The rear yard was then enclosed by a traditional brick wall with Napoleon caps and was enhanced by a pool and outdoor fireplace to become an outdoor room for entertaining and  relaxing with family and friends.

The entertaining spaces are important as Jeffrey is more than an occasional visitor to Easton. Passionate about the arts, he is currently a board member and president of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and a trustee of the Academy Art Museum. He continues to also be active with the board of the Easton Choral Arts Society and at Christ Church Easton.

He is passionate about Christmas and his home, Boxwood Hall, is annually decked to the nines with festive holiday decorations including six Christmas trees which display an array of antique and 20th Century blown glass ornaments.  Jeffrey began this collection when he was 8 years old.  

For more information about Jeffrey, visit his website jeffreyparkerinteriors.com, or contact Jeffrey at jeffrey@jefferyparkerinteriors .com.

Many thanks to the sellers who have invited me into their homes, the agents and their administrative assistants who have shared their pictures with me and my fellow architects who shared their creative work.

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.

 

Spy House of the Week: Second Look at Second Tree

When I was active in real estate, I attended an open house at this property several years ago. I decided to take a second look at Second Tree and see what changes the current owners made. The spectacular waterfront setting is at the confluence of San Domingo Creek and Broad Creek as they flow into the Choptank River.

The original house had a typical traditional floor plan with the living, dining, kitchen and support rooms on the main floor and the bedrooms and baths upstairs.  The house was transformed by several additions that encapsulated the original footprint. One addition contains the library and office; the “River Room” addition has panoramic views of the water; another addition contains the billiard room and media rooms and the master suite addition is also oriented to the water.  

The architectural changes begin with a porte cochere at the front door that is carefully detailed with columns, dropped beams, a paneled ceiling with recessed lighting,light-colored interlocking pavers and red brick steps that combine to create a gracious entrance. One side addition contains a gable with two windows and a porthole window above that would become a recurring detail in the architecture. Tall windows pierce the eave portion of the addition to break up the sections of walls of the library and office spaces. The other side addition has both dormer windows that match the original dormers of the second floor and another gable wing with a porthole window.

After the floor plan and the architecture were resolved, the talented owner turned her discriminating eye to the interior design. The formal living room with its coffered ceiling is exquisite with its fireplace flanked by antique sideboards and framed mirrors. The color palette of cream, light rose and light yellow was a serene space to relax by the fire and watch the sunset over the water.

The stunning river room’s perimeter wall is a series of bays with French doors, sidelights and transoms connected by soffits that rest on a paneled wall. Each bay is accented by pitched ceilings, light coves and a porthole window. The sitting area projects beyond the adjacent areas to break up the large space into intimate entertaining areas. I thought how tranquill it must be to sit in that room in the winter as snow fell to create a winter wonderland beyond. The main floor also contains a media room and a billiard room for indoor entertainment after one tired of the pool or tennis court on the grounds.

The detailing of the mahogany woodwork, arched ceilings between the tall windows and seating grouped around the antique fireplace from the Loire Valley created a dramatic library space that led to the adjacent office with its mahogany walls, millwork and coffered ceiling.

The ground floor master bedroom wing projected beyond the exterior wall and was surrounded on three sides with French doors and windows for sunset views over the water. My favorite child’s bedroom had sloped ceilings with dormer windows, and colorful splashes of light blue, orange and cream in the bed linen and furnishings.

Second Tree is definitely worth a second look and is testament to a talented owner who had the design skills and means to achieve her individual vision.

For more information about this property, contact Sheila Monahan with Benson & Mangold Real Estate at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-924-4163 (c), or shebattin@aol.com,  “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Photography by Jim McKee, Broadview Interactive LLC, 703-593-4392, www.broad-view.net, jim.mckee@broad-view.net.

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.

Spy House of the Week: English Country Elegance

My first impression of this charming house’s front elevation was that it could have been a cover of Town and Country magazine. This Anglophile loves the English cottage style and I was immediately hooked by the range of textures-stone foundation, steps, terrace and first floor cladding of the detached garage; the juxtaposition of the stucco with board and batten accents; and the metal shed roofs with the architectural shingles. The massing of the main wing of the house was very pleasing with two gables between the front porch, a shed dormer centered over the double entry doors below and two windows with shutters and a “barn” style fixed panel above on each gable.

The secondary wing was utterly charming with its accents of color and texture. The teal blue iron fence and gate opened onto a stone path that meandered through the English garden complete with a Lutyens bench.  Stone steps led to the door tucked under a stoop with a climbing plant spiraling up the column. The deep slate blue of the door and window shutters with flowering plants on the window sill and the green of the shrubbery was another magazine shot.

The dramatic entrance hall with its walls of deep salmon and the gray and white  checkerboard floor of various sized panels becomes the spine of the house that links the rooms. The spacious and stylish sitting room had decorative wood beams, sliding barn paneled doors with arched tops, a period fireplace with an artful arrangement of ceramics and objects d’arte and French doors to the terrace. The deep chocolate brown walls of the dining room, the pitched ceiling and another period fireplace created a charming spot to linger over a snifter of brandy by the fire.

The kitchen fireplace was raised and an arched alcove below echoed the arched decorative piece above. The cream color palette of the cabinetry, the stained wood island with decorative inserts, the copper accents of the range hood and pendant fixtures and the armoire for storing special pieces would be a very pleasant space for any cook. A range of options for breakfast or informal meals included the table and chairs in the kitchen by the wall of windows, the rattan dining set in the potting room or the table in the screened porch.

The master suite contained two rooms whose wall treatments were the same and the spacious bedroom with its pencil post bed, white coverlet, tall windows with transoms above with views to the rear landscape was a quiet retreat. The adjacent sitting room had another fireplace flanked by millwork for books and art, comfortable seating with a large ottoman for resting one’s feet and a window seat underneath the large bay window with views of the water.

The upstairs hall repeated the deep salmon color of the entrance hall below and the stair landing ended at a seating area underneath the front elevation’s shed dormer trio of windows. The interior architecture of the bedrooms varied from flat to pitched ceilings with dormers and sunlight from windows or skylights to create sunny spaces.

This waterfront house was built in 2005 but its style and gardens are a wonderful homage to the English country style-jolly good!

 

For more information about this property, contact Barb Watkins with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-310-2021 (c), or barb.c.watkins@gmail.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.

 

Habitat House of the Week: Sherwood Style

I was completely charmed by this Colonial house that reminded me of my sister’s summer home on Long Island years ago. The exterior color palette of gray shingle siding that had aged beautifully, white trim, large windows with blue shutters and the free-standing red brick chimney gave the house great charm and character. The front porch had space for two rocking chairs for views of Broad Creek across the road and one side had a screened porch wing that overlooked a large swimming pool. The owners graciously gave me a tour of the house which began with meeting their dog, Asta, named for the famous dog of Nick and Nora Charles in Dashiell Hammett’s “Thin Man” series.

When I told the owners I enjoyed learning about an older house’s history, they shared what they knew of their house’s provenance. It had probably been slave quarters in the 1700’s and sometime in the mid-20th century the house was moved to its present location. Since then, several additions were made with great sensitivity to the original structure’s massing and with careful preservation of original details including the beautiful wood floors.

The front door opened opposite the stairs between the living and dining rooms. Instead of a wall, a pilaster next to a slightly offset column at each end of the room defined the boundary between circulation around the stairs and living space. A bay wing at the side wall contained the fireplace and chimney flanked by windows. The warm mocha colored walls, white trim and neutral furnishings enhanced the open feeling of the space and created an inviting living room.

The dining room was visually connected to the kitchen by a door and a wall opening and French doors at the side led to the screened porch and the pool beyond. The kitchen had great personality with its blend of old and new. I loved how the ceiling finish had been removed from the ceiling joists above the kitchen to reveal the hand hewn profile of each original joist. The dark color was a pleasing counterpoint to the lighter finish of the tile floor. A soffit cleverly concealed ductwork and became a portal to the back rooms.

Another original stair, this one with winders, led to the master suite above. The stair risers were painted white but the stair treads were a range of primary colors for a delightful touch of whimsy. I was quite envious of the mud room with its storage piece for coats and wellies, a half bath, laundry and side door to the driveway.

The second floor contained two rooms on either side of the central stairs. One was a guest bedroom and the other room was the owner’s sewing room with her intriguing collection of antique sewing machines. My favorite room was the master bedroom with its pitched ceiling and dormer windows. An antique iron bed with its beautiful quilt, other wood antique pieces, a splash of modern in the colorful rug and the sheer window treatments that filtered the sunlight created a peaceful retreat. All that was missing was a fireplace at the end to create a late-night inglenook with cozy chairs.

This charming house gets high marks for its architecture and lovely interiors. Ironically, the owners are moving to a contemporary waterfront house that was a House of the Week earlier this year!

 

For more information about this property, contact Melanie Hopkins with Long and Foster Real Estate at 410-745-0283 (o),410-310-2893 (c) or Melanie.Hopkins@LongandFoster.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.

Spy House of the Week: Charleston Style in Oxford

The weekend after I graduated from architecture school at UT Knoxville, I treated myself to a weekend in Charleston, SC. I was enchanted with the historic streetscapes, especially the quiet neighborhoods with houses set perpendicular to the street for maximum privacy. Many entry doors opened onto side porches overlooking  fenced gardens with Lowcountry landscapes.

In the summer of 2000 I visited Seaside, FL with a copy of Bill Bryson’s hilarious book “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” in which after returning to the US after living in the UK for twenty years he embarks upon a drive through the eastern US. One of his stops was Charleston and he also fell under its spell and pronounced it “too perfect”.

The Owner of this charming house also loved Seaside and Charleston and while living in Oxford discovered new Charleston-style house designs available from Southern Living magazine. When a lot in Oxford became available, she took the chance to fulfill her dream.

Beautifully detailed porches on both stories, light yellow siding with white trim,  light standing seam metal roof, red chimney that gradually decreases in size as it rises and aquamarine porch floors created a picturesque curb appeal from the gravel driveway. The door at the side of the house has the “Charleston” door that opens to the porch. The interior vistas were lovely- opposite the entry door is the “U” shaped stair with a window at the landing to shed light below. The foyer led to the living room with windows to the porch. In the other direction the vista is to the family room which is open to the kitchen with a side entrance to the mud room.  The dining room is tucked between the living room and the stairwell to complete the rectangular plan and is open to the living room for a great flow.

The interior walls are white to better reflect the sunlight from the many windows and the heart pine floors, moldings and ten foot ceilings on the first floor, nine  foot on the second floor and first class construction created a feeling of gracious living. I especially liked the family room seating area with the fireplace and colorful marine art above as its focal point flanked by tall windows and the beautiful wood furnishings of the dining room with its antique corner cabinet, sideboard and Captain’s chairs around the table. Columns, pilasters and a beam above were a very pleasing way to define the boundaries of each space.

The master bedroom with its pencil point bed frame, antique armoire, a chest painted aquamarine and the brightly colored art on one wall was a delightful retreat with its French door to access the porch. The art throughout the house was a treat but the colorful art especially enhanced both bathrooms.  The master bath had a painted stool and the strings of beads that hung from the window sheers in the other bath gave these rooms a delightful touch of whimsy.

A  charming house designed in the Charleston style,  beautifully decorated with views of Town Creek-utterly charming!

For more information about this property contact Janet Larson with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-6665 (o), 410-310-1797 (c) or jlarson@bensonandmangold.com, Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Joe Balderson, Builder-interior colors based upon Martha Stewart’s “Araucana Colors” Series.

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.

 

Spy House of the Week: Villa d’Avoncoeur

This Easton Historic District landmark was built in 1920 at the height of American interest in “eclectic ” houses including styles of Tudor, French, Italian Renaissance and Spanish colonial architecture. The hipped roofs with flared eaves, the symmetrical side wings, stucco, and multi-planed windows exemplify its French Eclectic style. The villa underwent a full renovation that restored original features such as the ornamental iron fencing, hand applied stucco and the boxed beam ceilings.

A pair of multi-paned French doors open onto a two-story entrance area defined by hardwood floors that separates the sitting room from the dining room and breaks up this large space that span across the front wing of the house. Opposite the front doors is a “U” shaped stair and landing at the second floor. The beamed ceiling is painted white to reflect the light and to lighten the volume of the room. The seating area boundary is anchored by a large rug with an upholstered sofa under the wide front window, a loveseat and several chairs grouped around the fireplace. The contemporary glass-topped table is juxtaposed against the wood antique pieces and the floor to ceiling drapes that accentuated the height of the room.

The dining room with its seating for 10 and the beautiful antique furnishings would be a lovely setting for a Thanksgiving dinner. Double French doors led to the kitchen-breakfast area that was centered on large windows at the front and side windows for a sunny spot to linger over that last cup of morning coffee. The antique table, high-backed wood benches and chairs, a corner china cabinet, art and an antique rug over the brick floors and the chandelier gave this space much charm. I loved the kitchen area with its large colorful antique posters, the white cabinets and accents of black in the island countertop, Captain’s bar chairs, side cabinets and the green accent of the hood over the stove that picked up the green in the background of the Bugatti poster. The exposed collar beam was painted white as well as the pitched ceiling for a bright and airy space in which to work and relax.

The subtle colors of the bedroom walls on the first and second floor master suites and the second floor bedrooms were very appealing, ranging from light plum, aquamarine, rose and light pink. The bolder baths with walls of caramel and purple were a colorful backdrop for the pristine white fixtures and white floors.
A villa on a corner lot on one of the best streets in the Historic District-tres chic!

For more information about this property, contact Barb Watkins with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-310-2021 (c), or barb.c.watkins@gmail.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.

Spy House of the Week: On the Beach

When I moved to the Eastern Shore fourteen years ago, one of my favorite villages was Claiborne.  I loved the Bay setting and the charming older homes, especially the historic Miracle House. I learned its site was developed in the 1930’s as a summer camp for children whose parents had contracted TB. All that remains today is one of the buildings that is now a charming residence and Claiborne’s former one-room schoolhouse was moved to the site.  

This house down the street from Miracle House has a dramatic site along the Eastern Bay and was built in 2005 in the traditional style to blend in with its older neighbors. The front gable, wrap-around porch, rhythm of windows around the center door and the light gray siding with crisp white trim create an appealing front elevation. The rear elevation is dominated by the variety of outdoor spaces to enjoy the panoramic Bay views from a large screened porch flanked by two decks and another deck at the second floor. Steps from both decks led to the lawn and sandy beach beyond for early evening strolls to enjoy stunning sunsets.

The front door opened to the staircase that was centered in the entry hall with  gallery space on the side walls. The stair hall led to the open plan area of the gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, dining and sitting areas with captivating water views that was clearly the hub of the house. French doors led to the screened porch and the decks for easy access. The lightly stained hardwood floors and the slightly darker stained trim added warmth to the spaces. I especially liked how the screened panels of the porch were carefully detailed to make them as wide as possible for maximum views of the Bay beyond. A media room and a spacious master suite were also located on the main floor.

Another spacious master suite with a fireplace, guest rooms and the laundry were located on the second floor. The third floor contained storage areas and the shed dormer with its triple window was a cozy bonus room with fantastic “bird’s eye” views of the Bay from that height.

For more information about this property contact Dawn Lednum with Chesapeake Bay Real Estate Plus LLC at 410-745-6702 (o) 410-829-3603 (c) or dawnalednum@gmail.com Design/Build by Dawn Lednum and Safe Harbour Construction, LLC

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.