Spy House of the Week: Victorian Charmer


Chestnut Street is one of my favorite streets in St. Michaels’ Historic District for its range of architectural styles such as this charming Victorian. There are also inviting water vistas- E. Chestnut ends at St. Michaels harbor and W. Chestnut, where this house is located, ends at San Domingo Creek. Lots on this side of W. Chestnut Street have rear property lines at Thompson Street so deep lots with access to two parking spaces off Thompson Street is a big plus.

I loved the symmetry of the front elevation with the center gable and the decorative attic window with the full front porch supported by turned columns with lacy brackets. The green shutters added color to the façade and the brick sidewalk with planting beds completed the curb appeal. The center door created two cozy seating groups for visiting with family and neighbors.

The front door opened up to the stairwell with an open handrail to the living room. The focal point of the room was a fireplace flanked with full height millwork. Antique furnishings and beautiful hardwood floors created a gracious sitting room.

The dining room at the rear of the house with a window wall and French doors led to a brick terrace shaded by a pergola for al-fresco dining. I could imagine being a dinner guest and enjoying cocktails under the terrace pergola and lingering over dinner and enjoying views of the rear garden. The spacious galley kitchen had a wall opening open to the dining room and views to the side garden and was connected to my favorite room, the family room. The stepped brick chimney for the fireplace was a unique detail and the room’s comfortable upholstered furnishings arranged around the TV and fireplace and proximity to the front porch was a great spot for relaxation.

The main floor also contained a bedroom and bath for guests who love its cozy size. The master suite on the second floor with its light palette and crisp white bed linen was a restful retreat.
I love urban gardens and this fenced garden had areas for shade and an English cutting garden that was obviously a labor of love for the owner.

For more information about this property, please contact Elizabeth Foulds at Long & Foster Real Estate at 410-745-0283 (o), 410-924-1959 (c), or foulds@longandfoster.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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