Spy House of the Week: Craftsman Perfection


I simply can’t resist Craftsman styled houses since two of the houses I have called home have been that style of architecture. The dramatic view from the water of this magnificent house immediately caught my eye. Multiple gables, bay windows, first-floor porches and screened porches that meandered around the angled footprint of the house and second floor decks – all created great architecture. The house is nestled in the trees along its shoreline of Tarr Creek and waterside mature trees provide shade but allow views to the water, especially from most rooms on the main level and clear vistas from areas of the second floor.

The tree-lined drive offered glimpses of the center wing of the house as you passed by the separate guest house and garage to arrive at the main house.  The symmetrical front elevation is enhanced by a wrap-around porch and the angled wings created very pleasing massing. The front door opens to an entrance hall with the “L” shaped stair to the second floor and French doors on the opposite side leading to a sitting room.  The stairs led to a gracious second floor landing with a wall of books and another wall for family photographs.

Several sitting rooms on the main floor offer many different areas for relaxation and all have fireplaces. The waterside family room at the end of the entrance hall, a den near the ground floor master suite, the cozy sitting area that is part of the open plan kitchen and informal dining area that also leads to the sunroom/screened porch are wonderful spaces. Some of the walls are accented with wainscot and trim for a paneled effect and the large family room has built-ins and coffered ceilings for great interior architecture.

I loved the gourmet kitchen and how the angled cabinets paralleled the house’s footprint and had vistas through the sitting and dining areas to water views. The second floor had another sitting area and a billiards room for more relaxation options for the four en-suite bedrooms. The second-floor decks would be hard to resist for enjoying the “bird’s eye” views of the landscape and water.  A stunning property in sought after Royal Oak!


For more information about this property, contact Laura Carney with Benson and Mangold Real Estate at 410-745-0415 (o), 410-310-3307 (c) or laurahcarney@gmail.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”

Architecture by Christine Dayton, Christine M. Dayton Architect, PA, 410-822-3130 or chris@cdaytonarchitect.comConstruction by Steve Spurry, Spurry Builder Inc, 410-745-2259

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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