Habitat House of the Week: Harbor Haven in St. Michaels


When I moved to St. Michaels, I rented a wee cottage on Locust Street in the Historic District. My morning routine included sitting on one of the benches in Muskrat Park at the harbor’s edge with my beloved sheltie, sipping my last cup of coffee and enjoying the view of the boats in the harbor and the parade of my neighbors with their dogs.

The three historic houses at the harbor edge along Green St. to the side of the park created a lovely streetscape. Little did I know then that I would be writing about one today. This house at the end of Green St. sits very close to the water which current setbacks no longer allow so the panoramic views are breathtaking. Offered for the first time, the original part of the house contains a vestibule and stair hall, living room, dining room, sunroom, kitchen, large pantry and mud room on the main floor with bedrooms and one bath on the second floor. An addition at the back of the house contains a ground floor bedroom, walk-in closet and bath with an additional bedroom and another bath upstairs.  

I loved the flow from the stair hall to the large living room, sunroom and dining room. All three rooms had windows with harbor views and the wrap-around windows in the sunroom easily made this room my favorite. The living room had arched doorway openings with trimwork and the built-in next to the fireplace had the same decorative treatment.

Even though the kitchen needs updating, the “bones” are good and the room is large enough to add a peninsula opposite the existing side wall of cabinets for more workspace.  I love butler pantries, and this one at one end of the kitchen has plenty of storage to obviate the need for additional upper cabinets to maintain the kitchen’s open feel.  If one is a gardener, the mud room and laundry off the kitchen leads directly outside.  As I write this the house is under contract and will soon start a new life with a lucky new owner.


For more information about this property, contact Elizabeth Foulds with Long and Foster Real Estate at 410-745-0283 (o), 410-924-1959 (c) or foulds@longand foster.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. 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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  1. Jennifer did a terrific write up of my listing at 205 Green Street, St Michaels. She is a very accomplished writer and I am glad she is using her talent in the Talbot Spy!

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