Spy House of the Week: San Domingo Cottage


I was immediately captivated by this charming cottage’s front elevation. The full-length shed dormer across the front of the house added ceiling height to the second floor rooms. The first floor roof was broken by a hip gable that extended to create a porch over the front door. Next to the front door was an accent window complete with window box and shutters for the first floor windows added more personality. All these features beckoned me inside for a closer look.

The front door opened to an entrance hall with the stairs to the second floor. From the front door you had a vista through the house to the rear French door, and views of the pool and San Domingo Creek beyond. On either side of the hall were the dining room and the living room. The spacious dining room had a fireplace, built-in millwork, wainscoting and trim in light blue. Windows on both sides of the room, French doors to the sunroom and antique furnishings created a special space for making any meal a special occasion.

The focal point of the kitchen was its floor to ceiling millwork at one end of the room. Cabinets below a wood counter top and glass-fronted upper cabinets provided ample storage for china and glassware. I love kitchens that have space to accommodate a table for informal dining as this kitchen did. The spacious sunroom off the kitchen had views of the pool and San Domingo Creek beyond through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors for a warm weather family room.

The delightful child’s room had an alcove for beloved stuffed animals and a colorful beanbag for relaxing. Double windows over the bed and a beautiful antique dresser created a special retreat.

My favorite space was the diminutive guest house close to the water which seemed like a dollhouse for adults. White board and batten siding, a hint of Carpenter Gothic in the front gable trim over the door, windows with blue shutters and colorful window boxes were simply irresistible! If I were a guest I would find it very hard to pack up and leave this peaceful setting.

For more information about this property, contact Jana Meredith with Meredith fine Properties at 410-822-6272 (o), 443-235-3404 (c) or jana@goeaston.net, “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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