Habitat House of the Week: East Chestnut Charm


The St. Michaels Museum in St. Mary’s Square publishes a wonderful self-guided Walking Tour of 37 significant sites in St. Michaels’ Historic District. (In the interest of full disclosure I am a board member but it is a great tour for architecture and history buffs).

The original plan of St. Michaels envisioned by British agent James Braddock contained about 20 acres of land with a square as its focal point around which streets were laid out linking 58 lots of approximately 60 x 120 feet. One street at the side of St. Mary’s Square, East Chestnut, is the address for this house of the week.

I liked the simplicity of this house with its symmetry of three upper windows aligned with two windows and front door below, the full width front porch and the light color palette. The 2/2 windows and the bracketing at the porch supports evoke its Victorian roots.

My favorite interior detail was the removal of the side walls of the stair separating the front living room and the dining room to create a wonderful vista from the front door. Since both rooms span the full width of the house they are spacious and filled with light. The kitchen links these spaces with a family room addition which extends into the rear yard.

The yard has been transformed into a verdant oasis with two seating areas and privacy screening of both fencing and landscaping. The other outdoor room is the front porch with its side swing and chairs for relaxing and catching up with neighbors. The soft interior color palette echoes the exterior colors and mix of upholstered pieces with warm wood furnishings gives this charming house great appeal.

For more information about this property contact Elizabeth Foulds with Long and Foster Real Estate, 410-745-0283 (o) 410-924-1959 (c) or foulds@longandfoster.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.


For more information about the Walking Tour, call 410-745-9561 or visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. Group tours are also available.

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. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.

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