Habitat House of the Week: Wonderful Washington Avenue


One of my favorite travel/humor writers is Bill Bryson. In his book, “The Lost Continent-Travels in Small Town America,” he returns after living in the United Kingdom for many years and sets off in his mother’s car across thirty-eight states to rediscover his native country. One of the towns to capture his interest was Chestertown.

I like to think Bill was charmed by the houses along Washington St. as much as I have been in selecting many of them for “House of the Week”. This house’s street façade has great symmetry with its first floor windows and front door windows aligned with the second floor windows and a single dormer window on each side of the hipped roof. On one side is a two story bay window projection to enhance the dining room and the bedroom above. The rear elevation has appealing architectural character with two screened porches, one off the kitchen for relaxing with that last cup of breakfast coffee and the other a second floor terrific sleeping porch with views to the rear yard.

The spacious entrance hall has an “L” shaped stair with original wood-paneled pocket doors leading to the parlor with a corner fireplace. Another pair of original wood-paneled pocket doors leads to the dining room. I loved the William Morris wallpaper in the entrance hall and the period details throughout the house. I am an avid reader and I especially liked the third floor stair landing with its wall of bookcases and a rocking chair for relaxing reading. I also can’t resist cozy bedrooms tucked under roof eaves and dormer windows as this house has.

For more information about this property, contact Lisa Raffeto with Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Company at 410-778-0330 (o), 410-708-0174 (c) or lisar@cbchesapeake.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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