Spy House of the Week: Halycon Hanson


I never tire of driving down my favorite streets in Easton’s Historic District- Hanson, Harrison and Goldsborough Streets. This house on Hanson caught my eye with its four-square plan enhanced with craftsman details including the front porch Doric columns and large bay and multi-paned windows. Two sunroom additions on opposite sides of the house extended the ground floor living space.

Only one of my homes had an entrance hall so this house’s spacious entry with a vista from the front door to the “U” shaped stair with an open balustrade had great appeal. Opening off the entrance hall was the living room with a fireplace and direct access to the sunroom with windows on three sides which became a second sitting room. The focal point of the dining room next to the living room was a wide bay window that opened one wall to the sunroom.

Since I work at home a great deal, I envied the office at the rear corner of the house which was a cozy quiet area for contemplative work. The work space nestled between two corner windows was perfect for taking a break from computer work to focus on the landscape. When one needed a longer respite from work, the sunroom or the rear yard was only a step away.

I enjoy cooking for family and friends and this large kitchen open to the second sunroom would be a great space for gathering to cook and to share a meal with loved ones. Laundry/mud rooms can’t be overestimated and this one has a door to the rear yard for cleaning up after gardening or play in the deep rear yard and was convenient to the parking pad for bringing in groceries.

The master bedroom with its wide bay window made this room a special retreat. The third floor area dormers are low to the floor and I couldn’t help thinking if I lived in this house my two cats would perch at each window as sentinels until they heard my car pull in the driveway.

For more information about this property, contact Trey Rider with Meredith Fine Properties at 410-822-2001 (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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