Habitat House of the Week: High Style on High Street


This house’s history intrigued me since it was once connected to its next door neighbor. An article in the Kent County News described how, like a skilled surgeon, the contractor separated the two houses. This house’s historic exterior was then carefully preserved, but the interior was gutted and rebuilt. An addition at the rear contained a garage with a roof top garden.

I admired the simple beauty of the monochromatic off-white front façade that allowed the symmetry and proportions of the design to be restored to its original glory. The detailing of the front porch was exceptional. The fenced colorful garden looked like it belonged in the English countryside. The side screened porch with its pitched wood slat ceiling, huge screened openings and space for sitting and dining was a lovely extension of the garden area. The charming outdoor room over the garage was enclosed by a high latticed privacy fence that cast delightful shadows on the house’s rear wall.

I absolutely loved each room’s interior design. The stairwell landing with its wing chair and reading light by the large 6/6 window created an inviting nook to settle in and enjoy a favorite book.

The sitting room with its floor to ceiling millwork, artisan fireplace surround and art filled walls would encourage any guest to linger by the fire. The galley kitchen with its off-white cabinets, period hardware, soft under-cabinet lighting, glass-fronted upper cabinet doors, light colored countertop, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances created an irresistible room for this cook. The piece de resistance was the contrasting dark wood freestanding island with its flared legs and Oriental flair. The beautiful bedroom with its peach and cream decorating scheme, cream-colored padded headboard and bed linens was a serene spot for sweet dreams.


For more information about this property contact Lynn Hilfiker with Gunther McClary Real Estate at 410-639-2118 (o), 443-480-1163 (c) or lynnhilfiker@gmail.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. Her passion for Italian food, wine and culture led her to Piazza Italian Market where she is the Director of Special Events, including weekly wine tastings and quarterly wine dinners.

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