House of the Week:  Georgian Splendor in the Grass

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George III may have lost the American Colonies but he and the other three Hanoverian Georges who ruled England from 1714-1830 gave their name to the architectural style prevalent during their reigns that was inspired by the proportion and symmetry of classical Greece and Rome.  This stately home in the heart of Easton’s Historic District has many of the identifying characteristics of the Georgian style – the symmetry of the front elevation, stucco façade, front entry embellishment, side-gabled roof with dormers, and 12/12 upper windowpanes. The deep lot that extends from Harrison Street to the rear alley enabled the construction of an addition to update the home without impacting the original historic house. 

The main floor of the original part of the house has a vestibule that leads to a spacious entrance hall with a curved stairway to the second floor. Vistas through the sitting room and sunroom beyond, and wide doorways to the dining room to the left and the drawing room on the right make the entrance hall a light and bright space. The stunning drawing room has windows at the front and rear and French doors between the fireplace lead to the larger of the two sunrooms. Each side of the drawing room’s seating group around the fireplace has a long sofa, table and side table which leaves room for easy flow through the room to the adjacent large sunroom.  Three sets of triple windows and French doors at the rear of the sunroom that lead to the rear lawn bring sunlight into the room throughout the day. The ceiling material is stained wood to contrast with the gray stone paving of the floor and the fireplace chimney accented in darker gray.  

The small sitting room behind the entrance hall connects to the kitchen and to the smaller sunroom so it has indirect light from the sunroom’s French doors with transoms. The ceiling of the small sunroom is pitched to give the room more volume and the sloped ceiling is finished  with the same stained wood as the larger sunroom.

The dining room has daylight from the front and side windows and gray walls with  a white wainscot below. A large Oriental rug anchors the round wood table with chairs upholstered in a creamy fabric with stud accents along the top and side of the chairs’ backs. Part of the white wainscot is broken by built-in millwork with glass fronts for china display. The open plan kitchen, informal dining area and another seating room is the hub of the house.  It is the first part of the addition to the house and has views of the lawn through the sunroom French doors and the sitting room windows and French doors. Paneled piers define the informal dining area to maintain the openness of the spaces. The side wall of the informal dining area has built-in millwork with cabinets below and open shelves above with the rear wall painted gray to highlight the white china. The large kitchen with white cabinets, light countertops, stainless steel appliances and the island with its contrasting butcher block counter would inspire any cook. The wood floors and wood ceiling enables the white cabinets to stand out and define the space. The sitting room with a fireplace and TV is a great space to relax with family and friends. A master suite with its own screened porch and garage completes the main floor.

The bedrooms are contained within the original house perimeter, with the exception of an extension for the second master bedroom with windows on three sides for daylight.  Between the windows on the rear wall are two French doors that lead to a large deck and bonus room over the garage. The master bath has a bay window with a seat below, dual pedestal sinks, wall-mounted medicine cabinets, a large shower with a glass door and plenty of built-ins for storage. The other bedrooms are located on the other side of the staircase for privacy. The bedrooms are also beautifully appointed and have windows on two sides of the room for added daylight.  One bedroom has built-in millwork between a window with a seat below. The third floor with dormer windows has space for an office and a game room with great views of the neighborhood.  

Stately historic architecture on over half an acre with modern updates- an unbeatable combination in the heart of Easton’s Historic District! 

For more information about this property, contact Trey Rider with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 410-280-5600  (o),443-786-0235 (c) or trey@treyrider.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.

 

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