Spy Habitat House of the Week: Hanson Historic


This house in the heart of Easton’s Historic District has a generous lot with a wide side yard and deep rear yard surrounded by fencing or landscaped for privacy. One of my own favorite past homes was an American Four-Square like this house with its wrap-around front porch.  Part of this porch has been infilled with windows to make a sunroom and I appreciated how the continuous wall of windows was carefully detailed to look as if the sunroom had been original to the house. I especially liked the elevation from the street with a dense hedge along the right side and a white picket fence along the sidewalk framing the front elevation with the three-bay porch, second floor windows below the hipped roof broken by a center gable and attic accent window. The roomy front porch depth has a swing and Adirondack rocking chairs for relaxing. 

The front door at the right side porch bay opens onto a spacious entrance hall with light filtering from the window of the “U” shaped stairs to the second floor.  The stairs are beautifully detailed with wood newel posts and top rail with painted paneled stringers and spindles. I was charmed by the petite powder room tucked under the stairs with its small patterned wallpaper and the white porcelain wall mounted lavatory with a scalloped edge and floral accents. Beyond the entrance hall is the kitchen with light green cabinets and butcher block countertops and the pantry/laundry with a view to the lush rear yard. 

A wide wall opening with built-in millwork connects the dining room at the front of the house to the sunroom with its tall casement windows that open to transform this room a screened porch.  The original parlor with side windows is a cozy space to relax by the fireplace.  

Part of the house’s original rear wall was removed for an expansion to create a spacious multi-purpose room.  A long window seat with pillows is the perfect spot for curling up with a favorite book and the upholstered rattan seating group at the rear corner and antique pieces and plants with views of the rear landscaped yard creates a charming and private space.

All the second floor bedrooms were more spacious than you would expect in an older house. The rooms were daylit from windows on at least two sides. All the bedrooms had good sized closets and one bedroom had a nook with a large closet that could also be a sitting area.  Stylish historic architecture, great ground floor plan with easy flow among the rooms, spacious bedrooms and a landscaped lot with a pool-all this and a Historic District location too!

For more information about this property, contact Kathryn Bogan with Shoreline Realty, Inc,  at 410-822-7556 (o), 410-310-6814 (c) or vipvacationrentals.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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