Last week I attended a board meeting at a member’s house in Cooke’s Hope and once again I was charmed by the layout of the neighborhood. The entry drive past the bucolic pastures, the non-grid streets lined with sidewalks under mature trees, distinctive architectural styles and walking trails are a few of the amenities that give this well-established neighborhood great appeal.
I drove past this house and the massing, offsets and architectural details of this cottage style house caught my eye. The entry wing has a triangular dormer with a half-moon accent window centered over the entry door below and the main roof breaks to become a shed roof that covers the five bay full front porch with its articulated columns and handrail. The kitchen is offset just enough to provide a side window for the front sitting room for additional sunlight. The wide bay window at the side elevation is the focal point of the kitchen within. The final offset of the garage wing provides a side window for the dining room as well as access from the rear yard and patio to the mud room/laundry.
The floor plan works very well with the entire right side of the house devoted to a spacious master suite including an office at the front of the house overlooking the porch. Another sitting room is across the office from the entrance hall. At the middle of the house is the living room, dining room and family room. Even though it is an interior room, the living room feels spacious since the stairway has an open handrail, the room’s high ceiling is open to the second floor and the cross vista through the adjacent family room ends in windows. The living room seating is grouped around the fireplace with millwork for books and collectibles. I liked how the back wall of the millwork was painted a deep red, all the better to highlight the colorful ceramics. The dining room is connected to the living room with a wide doorway and the antique furnishings, chandelier and faux-finish walls with a white wainscot below creates a gracious space for making any dinner an occasion.
The spacious family room at the rear of the house has triple pairs of sliding doors to the patio and views to the beautifully landscaped areas around the perimeter of the property. The large room has several seating areas for relaxing or watching TV. I loved the kitchen with its hutch styled cabinetry on one side with a backdrop of deep green to accentuate the fine china and crystal, the wide bay window instead of upper cabinets and the contrasting dark wood island and wood floor.
The master bedroom at the rear of the house has windows on two walls for daylight throughout the day. The pale yellow walls, drapery and valance, wood furnishings, the delicate floral pattern of the curved padded headboard and bedskirt with the white bed linens creates a serene retreat. The second floor bedrooms are separated by the upper volume of the living room for privacy and share a small sitting area open to the stairs and the living room below.
Cooke’s Hope is one of the most popular neighborhoods along the sought after Easton-Oxford corridor and this traditionally styled house would be a great place to call home.
For more information about this property contact Janet Larson with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-6665 (o), 410-310-1797 (c) or firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.