I always enjoy returning to Cooke’s Hope to feature a house since in warmer weather I can enjoy driving past the pastoral scene of the barns and fields where the distinctive Belted Galloway cows graze. I savor making my way along the entrance drive that meanders through trees and landscaping to the various neighborhoods. As an architect with work experience in urban planning, I greatly admire the site layout with its emphasis and amenities on open space from the walking trails through wooded areas and the fields and ponds with abundant wildlife. No grid streets here-only meandering streets that control traffic and link the various neighborhoods. I also appreciate the adherence to urban design tenets such as porches to the street, garages opening onto rear alleys and sidewalks with planting separation from the street to encourage interaction with neighbors.
One of the most important amenities of this neighborhood are the mature trees that enhance the landscape. From this house’s full front porch with its brick surface, the absence of parked cars and the mature trees planted along the sidewalk offer a serene vista. Other outdoor rooms include the fenced side yards enhanced by landscaping, the screened porch off the living room and an upper deck off two primary bedroom suites. The three bay Colonial tyle house has the classic color palette of white lap siding and black shutters but instead of being only two room deep this house was designed four rooms deep to add the screened porch, first floor primary bedroom suite, laundry/mudroom and garage to the main floor footprint.
The front door opens into a two-story foyer to a vista of the stair set on the diagonal that creates a circulation pattern around the front study opposite the dining room and the living room opposite the breakfast area. All the rooms overlook the enclosed yards on both sides of the house with mature trees and landscaping that create private oases. Interior features include dining room’s wainscot linking the windows, the study’s wall of built-in millwork for a home office and the breakfast area’s curved wall of the stair landing. French doors lead from the breakfast area to the side yard.
The living room is connected to the kitchen by a wide opening in the wall with a counter and bar stools and to the screened porch through French doors for indoor-outdoor living. Steps lead from the screened porch to the side landscaped yard. The exterior wall of the living room is a two-story box bay with the fireplace on the adjacent aide wall. The geometric stack of windows and three levels of transoms truly brings the outdoors in. The spacious kitchen is centrally located but I would be tempted to remove the two upper cabinets on either side of the kitchen window overlooking the screened porch and widening the window for a better view of the landscape.
The rear hall leads to the first floor primary suite, laundry /mud room and garage The bedroom has windows on both of its exterior walls for daylight and the wide bay window offers a peaceful view of the side landscaped yard. Two walk-in closets are opposite the bath with both a tub and shower. Since my laundry consists of a stack W/D, I envied the spacious laundry room with ample counter space, a sink under the window and hanging space for dry clothes. A stair next to the laundry leads to a media room over the garage.
The second floor has overlooks to both the front foyer and to the living room which adds daylight to the hall connecting the two front bedrooms to the rear bedroom. There is a sitting area behind the curved wall of the stair opposite the hall bath for the bedrooms. The rear bedroom could be used as a second floor primary bedroom suite since it has a bath and walk-in closet and it also has access to the private deck over the screened porch. The third floor has a bonus room that spans across the front of the house and three dormer windows and one gable window for daylight for myriad uses. The remainder of the floor is unfinished attic space.
Colonial architectural style in one of Easton’s most picturesque neighborhoods on the sought-after Oxford corridor, with pastoral scenes and numerous community amenities including a boat dock with limited slips, kayak launch, over five miles of walking trails that wind past Sanctuary Ponds and over a Covered Bridge spanning Peachblossom Creek, dog park, tennis court, fitness center and mail room.
For more information about this property, contact Kelly Showell with Benson & Mangold, LLC at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-829-5468 (c), email@example.com. For the virtual tour, visit https://thru-the-lens-ivuf.view.property/public/vtour/display/1458605?idx=1#!/, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.
Photography by Janelle Stroop, Thru the Lens, 845-744-2758, Janelle@Thruthelensphotos.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.