This property has it all-Historic District location very near Idlewild Park, Farmhouse National architectural style with modern updates, Victorian touches of turned columns and fretwork, private fenced side and rear yards anchored by mature trees taller than the two and half story house and plantings around the lawn and gardens. The alley at the side yard and the adjacent green space create a desirable corner lot for the house and the double garage at the rear of the property provides privacy for the house and garden from the rear alley.
The front porch offers opportunities for interactions with neighbors on their daily walks and the rear terrace sheltered by a pergola offers total privacy to enjoy the garden and to watch over children and pets. The simple yet elegant exterior color palette consists of creamy white lap siding, caramel colored trim and accents of caramel, berry and pale sage green in the turned columns of the front porch columns. Both the front gable and the side gable are enhanced at the third floor level by rows of decorative individual wood shakes in various shapes with the same accent colors as the front porch.
The house is set perpendicular to the street for further privacy and from the front door one can see all the way through the house to the French door with sidelights at the rear wall to the terrace. The stairs are located at the side of the house to maximize both the floor area and easy flow through the house. Opposite the stairs is a wide wall opening to the dining room with an open grid above the wall opening that echoes the period original transom above the doorway from the entry to the living room. Indirect light from the front porch and direct light from the wide bay window in the side wall along with the furnishings and art create a serene space for a dinner party. The entry foyer also leads to the living room with windows at each side for views to the landscape. All this space needs is a gas fireplace for curling up with a good book.
The galley kitchen is wide enough to include a center island and the layout works very well with the sink facing the rear room with the French door and sidelights so the cooks have garden views. The rear room could easily become an informal sitting area and next to the kitchen is the powder room and a storage room. A bump-out room off the hall to the powder room could have myriad uses as an office or breakfast room.
The second floor contains two guest rooms at the front of the house with a bath off the hall next to the stack W/D. The front bedroom has a box bay window over the dining room bay window below. The rear of the house contains the sumptuous master suite with the bedroom at the rear with windows overlooking the garden and the landscaped side yard. The large walk-in closet and a tiled bath with dual lavatories and a walk-in shower completes the suite. The second stair off the hall to the bedrooms leads to my favorite room, the open plan third floor tucked under the sloping roofline of the front and side gables that creates terrific interior architecture for myriad uses including a playroom, office, guest bedroom with sitting area or exercise room and offers bird’s eye views of the garden.
The rear garden is one of the most tranquil urban oases I have seen in Easton’s Historic District and is a bonus for the lucky new owners of this charming property.
For more information about this property, contact Joan Wetmore with Meredith Fine Properties at 410-822-6702 (o), 410-924-2432 (c) or JoanWetmore@msn.com. For more photographs and pricing visit www.meredithfineproperties.com , “Equal Housing Opportunity”. Photography by Liz Baker of Home Visit, 703-953-3866.